#16 UCLA 5, #7 UW 0

SEATTLE - Jessica Hall struck out Courtney Gano to escape a none out jam in the bottom of the second inning and finished with a shutout as the #16 Bruins blanked the #7 Huskies 5-0 in the middle game of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

With the loss the Huskies (5-8 Pac-12, 34-9) dropped their second straight game and the series to the Bruins (6-5), 29-11) with only one game remaining.

Washington trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the second when Kimberlee Souza led off with a line single to center and Jerrin Faasua got hit by a pitch. After a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, Hall (14-6) retired Hooch Fagaly and Jenna Clifton on consecutive groundouts to third. Gano then came to the plate.

After taking a called strike and a ball Gano fouled away five straight pitches. Then after taking ball two Gano fouled off another pitch before finally striking out swinging on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.

From that point Hall allowed only three more baserunners, Kaitlin Inglesby on a two out walk in the third, Souza on a leadoff single in the fourth, and Nikia Williams on a two out double in the fifth. Hall finished with a four hitter. She walked one and struck out 10. Only Williams and Souza had any success against Hall, combining for the four Husky hits and both going 2 for 3.

Inglesby (17-6) started in the circle for Washington and looked like she would fare better against UCLA than in Friday's opener, a 7-5 loss. After walking Katie Schroeder to lead off the game, Inglesby struck out the side.

However, the Bruins would get Hall the only run support she would need in the top of the second. Samantha Camuso got hit by a pitch to lead off and took second on a sacrifice by Kellie Fox. Then Dani Yudin stepped to the plate and drove the first pitch out of the stadium and onto the Husky football practice field for a two run homer and a 2-0 Bruin lead.

Inglesby went four innings, allowing two runs on two hits. She walked three and struck out eight. Bryana Walker followed Inglesby into the circle but got roughed up in only one and one thirds innings. She gave up three runs on four hits, walking one and striking out one. Kasey Stanchek relieved Walker in the sixth and pitched the final one and two thirds innings. The Bruins loaded the bases against Stanchek in the seventh with two outs but Talee Snow flied out to left to end the inning.

Washington and UCLA return to Husky Softball Stadium for the series finale on Sunday at noon with the home team looking to avoid the sweep. Then the Huskies travel to Oregon State for a three game Pac-12 series April 20-22.

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