#12 UW 8, Iona 0 (6)

SEATTLE - Ali Aguilar hit a grand slam to cap a five run first inning and Kaitlin Inglesby pitched a one hit shutout as the 12th seeded Huskies opened NCAA regional play with an 8-0 win in six innings over Iona at Husky Softball Stadium on a warm Thursday night.

With the win the Huskies (34-13) advanced to a winner's bracket game against BYU at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The Cougars (34-21) beat Northwestern (33-17) 7-2 in Game 1 of the regional.

With the loss against the Huskies, the Gaels (24-23) play Northwestern in a loser out game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Should the Huskies beat BYU they will advance to Sunday's regional final and play whichever team emerges from the loser's bracket.

The Huskies capitalized on the wildness of Iona starter Carly Argyle in the circle to put five runs on the board in the first inning.

Victoria Hayward led off the inning with an infield single, a slow roller to second that Katie Newton fielded but threw too late to first. Then Argyle handed out three consecutive free passes to Hooch Fagaly, Inglesby, and Kylee Lahners, with Hayward scoring on the third walk to make it 1-0.

Aguilar came up to the plate and got ahead in the count 3-1. She then hit a rising line drive over the wall in left center for a grand slam and a 5-0 lead.

Washington capitalized on two more walks by Argyle to make it 7-0 in the third. Inglesby and Lahners walked. An error by Newton on a grounder by Aguilar allowed Inglesby to score and Lahners to go from second to third.

A sacrifice fly by Whitney Jones made it 7-0.

The Huskies scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Inglesby singled with one out. Walks to Lahners and Jones loaded the bases, bringing up Dani Braun. She got hit by a pitch on a 1-0 count to score Mercedes Wetmore with the run that sent the fans home an inning early.

Inglesby (14-4) pitched an almost perfect game. She retired the Gaels in every inning except the second, when Sarah Schutz grounded a single to left. As it was, she notched a complete game shutout, striking out five.

Argyle put ugly numbers up in the circle for the Gaels despite getting credit for a complete game. She gave up eight runs on six hits. She walked 10 and struck out only one.

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