FULLERTON, Calif. — No. 3 Washington used great pitching, hitting and defense to win two games against formidable opponents on Friday at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Huskies improved 27-1 with a 7-2 victory against Notre Dame and then a 9-1 (5 inning) win against No. 24 DePaul.
“We had two great team wins today,” Victoria Hayward said. “Everyone contributed both offensively and defensively. We were aggressive on the bases and were able to take advantage of the other teams’ mistakes. We did a good job at putting teams away and are feeling good about the rest of the week and what is to come.”
Freshman Kasey Stanchek pitched her fourth complete game of the season to improve to 7-0, allowing just two unearned runs on two Husky errors in the sixth in a 7-2 victory against Notre Dame.
The Huskies had seven runs on eight hits, scoring once in the third and three each in the fourth and fifth. Freshman Kylee Lahners and sophomore Kaitlin Inglesby each had two hits in the game.
“Today we went out looking to get better and fight as a team,” Lahners said. “We took one game at a time and put pressure on the opponent every inning. We hit the ball well and had great pitching and successful defense which led to a successful day.”
The first run was scored by pinch runner Marki Creger-Zier on a double to center by senior Kimi Pohlman.
Lahners put UW up two with her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to center field.
Later in the fourth, junior catcher Shawna Wright hit her second homer of the year, a two-RBI shot to left field. UW went up 4-0.
Sophomore Hooch Fagaly doubled to lead off the fifth. After a walk to senior Nikia Williams, Inglesby hit a two-RBI double to right. Lahners singled to short and pinch runner Lindsay Monk scored on a ground out by junior Jerrin Fa’asua.
Notre Dame got on the board in the sixth after two Husky errors and two Irish singles. A second run scored, unearned, on a wild pitch.
The Huskies won their eighth game against No. 24 DePaul in five innings.
As the designated visiting team for the game, UW scored nine runs on 10 hits in the first four innings for the mercy rule. Williams scored the first run on a double by Inglesby in the top of the first inning.
The lone run for DePaul came in the bottom of the first to tie as Kirsten Verdun hit a solo home run to center field off of Inglesby.
Inglesby improved to 14-0 in the circle, allowing just one run on four hits. It was her 12th complete game of the season. She had six strikeouts in the game.
Sophomore Victoria Hayward scored the winning run in the second, unearned on a triple to left center by Pohlman.
Lahners hit her second home run of the day, a three-run shot to center in the third.
In the fourth, Pohlman, Williams, freshman Kimberlee Souza and pinch runner, sophomore Kelli Suguro all scored on four hits and one Blue Demon error.
Inglesby led the team with three hits and three RBI. Lahners also had three RBI and Williams scored three runs.