WCWS: Washington holds off Michigan, will face OU Sunday night

The Huskies will next face Oklahoma Sunday at 8:30 p.m. and will need to beat the top-ranked Sooners twice to reach the championship series.
by Gina Mizell Modified: June 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm •  Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Washington Huskies short stop Jenni McNeill tags Michigan baserunner Ashley Lane out as she slides into second during the Women's College World Series elimination game versus Michigan. The Washington Huskies would won 4-1 on June 2, 2013. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
Washington Huskies short stop Jenni McNeill tags Michigan baserunner Ashley Lane out as she slides into second during the Women's College World Series elimination game versus Michigan. The Washington Huskies would won 4-1 on June 2, 2013. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

Washington had struggled offensively for much of the Women's College World Series. And the No. 11 Huskies looked like they were heading for another cold performance — and thus, elimination —  Sunday afternoon against eighth-seeded Michigan.

But then Washington exploded for four runs in the sixth inning, which was all it would need in a 4-1 comeback victory at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

“It's kind of like one of those things where you can't keep a good team down very long,” Washington coach Heather Tarr said. “For us to be able to find a way to stay in the games that we were staying in to be able to win them, I think that says a lot about our team.

“It was just only a matter of time for our team to be able to have a big fourrun inning. We found a way to get the leadoff runner on, and then get her over.”

The Huskies will next face Oklahoma Sunday at 8:30 p.m. and will need to beat the top-ranked Sooners twice to reach the championship series.

After 4 1/2 innings of scoreless play, Michigan scratched a run across with small ball when Sierra Lawrence reached on a fielder's choice following a bunt, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an infield single by Jaclyn Crummy.

But Washington immediately answered with its big frame — and got its first two runs in wacky fashion after some help from the Michigan defense.

Following a single by Victoria Hayward and an intentional walk to Kaitlin Inglesby, a ball off the bat of Kimberlee Souza deflected awkwardly off pitcher Sara Driesenga. Hayward beat the throw home, and then a fielding error by shortstop Sierra Romero after Lauren Sweet threw to second base to try to snag Souza allowed pinch runner Marki Creger-Zier to score.

“It was hard for me to see,” Tarr said. “I was wheeling the runners around (at third base), and I saw it go off the pitcher's leg, and it looked like it was going into no man's land. And I was hoping that Romero couldn't get it because she is such a good athlete. So I was hoping she couldn't get it to throw us out (at home).”


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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