#7 UW 5, #16 UCLA 2

SEATTLE - Kaitlin Inglesby drove in three runs with a bases loaded double to highlight a five run fifth inning as 7th ranked Washington beat 16th ranked UCLA 5-2 in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies (6-8 Pac-12, 35-9) salvaged the final game of the series against the Bruins (6-6, 29-12) after dropping the first two.

The Huskies finally solved Jessica Hall (14-7) after getting shut out on Saturday and going 12 and a thirds innings without scoring against the Bruin left hander. In the bottom of the fifth Hooch Fagaly got hit by a pitch to lead off. Marki Creger-Zier pinch ran and stole second. Jerrin Faasua hit for Courtney Gano and reached on a bunt single, with Creger-Zier taking third. With Kimi Pohlman at the plate, Faasua stole second. Pohlman then lined a 1-2 pitch to left for a double to plate Creger-Zier and make the score 1-0. On the hit Faasua stopped at third but when the Bruins took their time getting the ball back to the infield Pohlman alertly took second. Victoria Hayward batted next and walked to load the bases. Nikia Williams drove in Faasua with an opposite field single to right to make it 2-0 and keep the bases loaded. Inglesby next stepped into the batter's box and took a ball and a called strike before hitting a sharp grounder up the middle. The ball rolled all the way to the wall for a double to score Pohlman, Hayward, and Williams and make it 5-0 Huskies.

It looked like the Huskies could have added more as they still had none out but Kelli Seguro, pinch running for Inglesby, got called out for runner's interference against Bruin shortstop Kellie Fox on a ground ball by Kimberlee Souza. After that Hall got out of the inning by striking out Kylee Lahners swinging and retiring Shawna Wright on a flyout to right center.

In addition to what proved to be the game winning hit, Inglesby (18-6) beat the Bruins from the pitcher's circle. She tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits. She walked three and struck out nine.

The Bruins made the score 5-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth but like Washington in the previous half inning, could have had a lot more. They loaded the bases with none out on a walk to Katie Schroeder and singles by Stephany La Rosa and Andrea Harrison. B.B. Bates then tapped into a rare pitcher to catcher to first double play for two big outs. Dani Yudin then drove in La Rosa and Harrison with a line single to right center but got thrown out attempting to take second for the third out.

The Bruins also threatened to score right away in the top of the first when Schroeder led off the game with a single to left and La Rosa walked, but Inglesby came back to strike out the side, getting Harrison and Yudin swinging and Bates looking.

Washington next hits the road for a three game Pac-12 series at Oregon State in Corvallis from April 20-22.

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