UW 2, Harvard 0

SEATTLE - Kimberlee Souza doubled home two runs with two outs to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning as the 18th ranked and 16th seeded Huskies beat Harvard 2-0 in their first NCAA regional game at Husky Softball Stadium on a cool Friday evening.

With the win the Huskies (37-17) snapped a seven game regular season losing streak and advanced to a winner's bracket game against 24th ranked Texas Tech at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders advanced with a 6-1 win over Maryland earlier on Friday.

The Huskies had their chances to put up some runs against Harvard starter Rachel Brown early in the game, but she was able to pitch herself out of trouble. In the bottom of the first inning they had runners on at first and second on walks to Niki Williams and Kaitlin Inglesby but a flyout by Kylee Lahners ended the inning. Then in the third they got a two out triple from Williams but a Inglesby flyout quashed that threat.

The clutch hit that eluded the home team finally came in the bottom of the fourth. With one out Jerrin Faasua bunted for a base hit and Shawna Wright grounded a single to left to put Huskies at first and second. Hooch Fagaly advanced the runners with a rare one-out sacrifice, bringing Souza to the plate. She took a called strike one, fouled off three pitches, and took ball one before lining a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left center to score Faasua and Wright.

Inglesby made the runs stand up in the circle for Washington, firing a complete game three hitter at the Crimson. She walked two and struck out seven, none bigger than the punchout of Ashley Heritage to end the game. The Crimson had runners on at the corners when Heritage came to the plate representing the potential go-ahead run. Heritage swung and missed at the first pitch for strike one and fouled off the next pitch for strike two. Then after taking ball one she swung and missed at strike three and the Huskies and their fans could finally celebrate a victory.

Brown suffered the complete game loss for the Crimson, allowing two runs on seven hits, She walked three and struck out one.

Harvard will face Maryland in an elimination game at 3:30 with the winner of that game then facing the loser of Washington-Texas Tech at 6 p.m. on Saturday.


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