#12 UW 7, BYU 5

SEATTLE - Kaitlin Inglesby capped a perfect 3 for 3 game at the plate with a tie-breaking single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead 12th seeded Washington to a thrilling 7-5 win over Brigham Young in the final of the NCAA Seattle Regional at Husky Softball Stadium on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies won the regional with a 3-0 record and improved to 37-14 overall. They also advanced to the super-regionals for the third straight season and sixth time in the last seven seasons, only missing that round in 2008.

They await the winner of the Columbia, Missouri regional, either fifth seed and host Missouri or DePaul. Should Missouri beat DePaul twice on Sunday, the Huskies would travel to face the Tigers in the best two of three series May 27-28. Should DePaul win the Huskies would most likely host the Blue Demons.

After the Cougars (41-18) scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead on a bunt base hit by JC Clayton and a two run single by Caschjen Atagi, the Huskies came back with a big rally in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs to take a 7-4 lead. Victoria Hayward led off with a walk, Maggie Wagner reached on a bunt single and Kimi Pohlman blooped a singled down the left field line to load the bases.

After Jenn Salling grounded into a fielder's choice at home plate for the first out, Niki Williams came through with a double off the left field wall to score Wagner and Pohlman and tie the game at 4.

Then, on a 3-2 pitch from Tori Almond (10-4), Inglesby grounded a single into left to score Salling and put the Huskies ahead 5-4. Left fielder Carly Duckworth let the ball get behind her for an error, allowing Williams to score and Inglesby to take second. A wild pitch advanced Inglesby to third and she scored a valuable insurance run when Atagi bobbled what should have been an inning ending grounder by Shawna Wright.

The Cougars, however, were not done. They loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh when Delaney Willard gave the Huskies a scare, lining a 2-1 pitch off Inglesby's facemask. Shortstop Salling fielded the ball and threw out Willard at first for the second out, but on the play Tiffany Messerschmidt scored to make it 7-5.

The Cougars still had runners on at second and third when Duckworth grounded out to Salling to end the game.

The Cougars began the scoring right away in the top of the first, taking a 1-0 lead when Kristin Delahoussaye led off with a single, took second on an infield single by Messerschmidt, and scored on a throwing error by Morgan Stuart.

The Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the first when a bases loaded grounder by Stuart scored Pohlman.

Then, in the bottom of the third Inglesby put the Huskies ahead 2-1 when she lined a double into left center field to score Salling.

Inglesby (25-8) did not have one of her better days in the pitcher's circle, giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in seven innings. She still got the win and earned Regional Most Valuable Player honors, finishing with a 3-0 record and an .857 average (6 for 7) at the plate.

Other all-regional honorees included fellow Huskies Salling, Wagner and Williams, Akagi and Paige Affleck from BYU, and Kelsey Cartwright from Auburn.


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