Women's Softball Shocks No. 3 Washington in Opener of Doubleheader, 3-2
April 28, 1998
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In perhaps the biggest upset all season for the UCLA softball team, the Bruins stunned the third-ranked Washington Huskies 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader Tuesday at UCLA's Easton Softball Stadium. The Huskies managed a split on the afternoon, claiming game two 7-1.
Down 1-0 heading into UCLA's half of the fourth inning, the Bruins mounted a scrappy, three-run rally in game one. Casey Hiraiwa greeted Husky reliever Jamie Graves with a leadoff single and advaned to third when Kim Wuest was hit by a pitch, followed by a Nicole Odom walk to load the bases. Lupe Brambila put the Bruins on the board with a single to leftfield, scoring Hiraiwa and forcing the Huskies to make yet another pitching change. With one out and the bases still loaded, UCLA leftfielder Karen Hoshizaki reached on a fly ball that was misplayed by the leftfielder, scoring Odom. UCLA capitalized on yet another error, this time by the Husky first baseman, and managed to score its third run of the inning.
Bruin pitcher Stephanie Swenson picked up her sixth victory of the year, entering in relief of starter Erin Weiler in the fourth inning. Swenson scattered four hits in four innings of play and managed to escape a Husky seventh-inning rally, allowing just one run.
Swenson also entered in relief in game two, allowing three runs on six hits in five and one-third innings of work. However, the Huskies had already moved out to a 4-0 advantage off Bruin starter Lyndsey Gayer, who fell to 2-6 on the year.
Kelly Hauxhurst led the Huskies to their game-two victory, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and a double. Washington pitcher Jennifer Spediacci pitched the complete game, improving her record to 17-5 and holding the Bruins to just four hits in the process.
With the split today, UCLA now stands at 15-22 overall and 5-13 in Pac-10 play, while Washington is now 39-10 and 14-6 in conference action.
UCLA travels up to Oregon this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders. The Bruins face Oregon on Saturday and Oregon State on Sunday. Both games begin at 1:00 p.m. The next home game for UCLA will be Saturday, May 9 against Arizona, beginning at 11:00 a.m
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