A standing room only crowd of 1584 saw the Huskies (40-11, 13-8 Pac-12) win the series against the Cardinal (19-29, 2-19) two games to one and make Senior Day for Ali Aguilar and Casey Stangel a triumphant one.
A day after Taylor Van Zee got the only Husky hit in a 6-0 loss, the Huskies brought the metal to the yard on this day, scoring in every inning and tallying 13 hits.
They wasted no time getting to starter Carolyn Lee (8-19), batting around for five runs on four hits and a walk and knocking her out of the circle after only five batters.
Aguilar got the hit parade started with a bunt single and Sis Bates reached on an infield single. Stangel walked to load the bases and bring up Flores, who pulled an 0-1 pitch into left center for a two run double and a 2-1 Lead. Van Zee then drilled a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center for a three run homer, her fifth of the season, and make it 5-1.
That brought winning pitcher, Kiana Pancino, into the game and the Huskies fared much better against her than they did previously, getting to her for six hits and two runs in three innings.
In the second, Bates led off with a triple down the right field line, and one out later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Flores to make it 6-1.
In the third the home team made it 7-1 when Kirstyn Thomas led off with a double and scored on a two out single by Bates.
The next inning Flores led off with a single. Amirah Milloy pinch ran, took second on a passed ball, stole third, and scored on a single by Julia DePonte for 8-2.
Then in the last of the fifth Washington scored twice to send the fans home early. With one out, Kelly Burdick reached on an error by shortstop Kylie Sorenson and stole second. Aguilar walked, and one out later Stangel walked to load the bases. Flores grounded a single to right to plate Burdick and Aguilar with the game ending runs.
Several Huskies had outstanding games at the plate in addition to Flores. Bates went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Van Zee added a 2 for 3 day with a homer, a run scored and three RBI and DePonte finished 3 for 3 with an RBI.
As for the seniors, Aguilar went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored while Stangel walked twice and scored a run.
In the circle for Washington, Taran Alvelo (25-6) went the distance, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three. Both runs came courtesy of the long ball, a solo shot by Sorenson, her fourth of the season to lead off the game, and another solo shot, by Lauren Bertoy, also her fourth, in the top of the fourth.
The Huskies conclude the regular season with a three game series at Utah and then look forward to making their 24th straight appearance in NCAA regionals beginning on Friday, May 19.