#14 Oregon 8, #6 Washington 0 (6)

SEATTLE - Monique Fuiava broke a scoreless tie with a two run double in the top of the third inning to give the 14th ranked Oregon Ducks all the runs they needed in an 8-0 six inning win over sixth-ranked Washington at Husky Softball Stadium on a wind chilled Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Ducks (1-2 Pac-10, 29-6 overall) averted a three game sweep and snapped a six game winning streak for the Huskies (2-1, 27-3).

After Allie Burger led off the top of the third against Kaitlin Inglesby (15-2) with a routine grounder to short, the Ducks batted around for five runs on five hits. Courtney Ceo followed Burger with a liner off the glove of third baseman Morgan Stuart that got ruled a hit by the official scorer but could have gone into the books as an error.

Regardless, it opened the proverbial floodgates. Alexa Peterson singled to right to put Ducks on the pond at first and second. Fuiava then battled Inglesby for eight pitches before lining a 2-2 pitch to the wall in left center field to score Ceo and Peterson for a 2-0 lead. Kelsey Chambers lined out to Stuart for the second out but Kaitlin Vitek grounded a single to center to score Fuiava and make it 3-0. Christie Nieto and Kaylan Howard walked to load the bases and Samantha Pappas blooped a 1-0 pitch from reliever Whitney Jones into shallow left field to score Vitek and Nieto and make it 5-0, silencing a normally boisterous Husky crowd.

The Huskies had a great opportunity to get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth when they loaded the bases with one out and the heart of the order coming to bat in third batter Jenn Salling and cleanup hitter Niki Williams, but could not capitalize. Left handed reliever Brittany Rumfelt came into face the left handed batting Salling and did her job, retiring her on a flyout to left.

Starter Jessica Moore (14-3) then re-entered the game and got Williams to hit a soft liner to Howard at second base to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

In the top of the sixth, the Ducks scored three more runs to make it 8-0 and send the fans home an inning early due to the run rule. Two runs scored on sacrifice flies and the third on a single by Fuiava.

Offensively for the Ducks, Fuiava finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Ceo also went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, while Vitek went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

In the circle, Moore got the win, allowing five hits in five and two thirds innings. She walked two and hit a batter while striking out five.

For the Huskies, Inglesby took the loss, allowing five runs, all earned, on five hits and three walks in two and two thirds innings. She struck out two.

The Huskies return to action when they host California in a three game series from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10.


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