Huskies softball beats Cal for sweep
Washington’s softball wrapped up the regular season in resounding fashion Saturday, claiming a series sweep of host California with a 14-0, five-inning victory.
Washington’s softball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday with a series sweep of host California, winning 14-0 in five innings.
The Huskies (33-13, 13-9 Pac-12) have won nine of their past 10 games. Seeding for the postseason will be announced Sunday.
Kaitlin Inglesby (13-4) shut out the Bears (23-29, 4-18) on one hit over five innings while striking out six.
The Huskies hit three home runs for the second straight day, but none was more notable than Makenzie Pletcher’s solo shot. Pletcher pinch-hit in the fourth inning and drove one over the right-field fence for her first collegiate hit.
Hooch Fagaly and Kylee Lahners also hit home runs. Lahners, who leads the team with 17 homers, was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in. Kelli Suguro had two hits and drove in three runs. Fagaly and Victoria Hayward each scored three runs.
Sixth-ranked Washington beat Bethune-Cookman in both games of a doubleheader at Husky Ballpark to extend its winning streak to seven games and sweep the three-game series.
Washington (36-11-1) won the first game 5-4 in 11 innings and the second game 7-1 in seven innings. UW has won all 11 of its three-game series this season, five of them by sweeps.
In game one, Branden Berry drove in two runs and Jack Meggs scored on a throwing error in the 11th inning.
In game two, Jeff Brigham shut out the Wildcats (22-31) over six innings, allowing four hits. Brian Wolfe drove in three runs for the Huskies.
Jason Monda pitched seven strong innings as host Washington State beat Utah 4-2. Monda allowed two runs and struck out seven. Ian Hamilton got his school-record 13th save of the season for the Cougars (21-24, 11-12 Pac-12). Nick Tanielu had two hits, a run and an RBI against the Utes (15-29, 4-19).
• Host Utah Valley (24-25, 15-9 Western Athletic Conference) swept a doubleheader from Seattle University 8-2 and 9-4. Sam Finer had five hits for the Redhawks (23-23, 11-10).
• Central Washington rode a strong performance from starter Stuart Fewel to a 9-1 victory over Western Oregon to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament in Monmouth, Ore.
Wildcats (31-18) left fielder Joe Castro was named tournament MVP. He had an RBI walk Saturday and helped the Wildcats manufacture another run with a stolen base.
Track and field
The Western Washington men won for the third straight year and the Vikings women tied for second place just four points behind champion Alaska Anchorage at the GNAC championships in Monmouth, Ore.
WWU totaled 186 points in the men’s competition, 28 more than runner-up UAA at 158. Western Oregon was third (113).
The Vikings women tied for second at 133. UAA took top honors with 137 and Seattle Pacific was fourth (121).
Leading the charge for Western was Katelyn Steen, who was the meet’s Outstanding Female Performer. She won the 5,000 in 17:03.91 and placed second in the 1,500, reaching the NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standard with a clocking of 4:30.98. Steen won the 3,000 steeplechase on Friday in a school-record time of 10:34.40.
Tanya Bjornsson was a provisional qualifier in winning the women’s 100 hurdles in 14.21 after taking the long jump Friday. She also helped both the 4x100 (48.06) and 4x400 (3:52.31) relays place third.
For Seattle Pacific, McKayla Fricker won her third straight title in the 800 (2:09.15), also won the 1,500 (4:28.19) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay in 3:50.05.
For the Vikings men, Logan Myers won the 110 hurdles in 14.70. WWU also took the 4x400 relay with a season-best 3:15.48.
• WSU’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson (3,042) was in fifth place after the first four events in the heptathlon at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman.
• Dylan Burnett of Seattle U won the javelin in 215-5 at the Ken Shannon Invitational hosted by UW.
From sports-information reports.