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Washington Hosts NCAA Regionals, Sweeps the Competition to Advance to Tuscaloosa

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Besides one tight game against Minnesota, UW easily handled the competition in Montlake this weekend.

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Washington played a game per day at home this weekend for the NCAA Softball Regionals, beating Weber State once and Minnesota twice to advance to the Super Regionals against Alabama later in the week.

The first game was a run-rule win over Weber State Friday. Madi Schreyer and Casey Stangel combined to give up six runs, but the Husky bats were what dominated with 14 runs before the game was called in five innings. Ali Aguilar and Kimberlee Souza both went 2 for 3 while Julia DePonte got on base seemingly at will, going 4 for 4 with four RBIs and two triples just to ensure the rest of humanity feels inadequate about their accomplishments.

The Huskies next faced Minnesota on Saturday. Schreyer again took to the mound, pitching five innings and giving up only one earned run. Washington was down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning but rallied with two outs, culminating in a three-run double from Taylor Van Zee to clear the bases. Souza batted Van Zee in to put Washington up 5-2. The Golden Gophers couldn't get anything else on the board in the top of the seventh.

Sunday meant another matchup against Minnesota and the Dawgs took control from the beginning. They scored three runs in the first and put up at least one run per inning while picking up their second run-rule win of the weekend in six innings. Aguilar continued killing it, going 4 for 5 including a three-run home run, while Stangel had four RBIs. Catcher Morganne Flores also hit a solo homer. On the other side of the ball, Washington's defensive efforts allowed the Gophers only one multi-run inning.

Despite the decisive victory Sunday, the amount of walks and non-earned runs in this game represent potential danger. Freshman Taran Alvelo, Hailey Bator, and Schreyer combined to allow only two earned runs of the seven Minnesota was able to nab, while walking five batters in only six innings. Washington's defense also committed three errors. Were this a closer game--like the ones we will likely see in the near future against the stingier competition in the Super Regionals and beyond--those walks and mistakes would almost certainly cost any team a game.

Five Pac-12 teams take the next step to the Super Regionals with Oregon, Utah, Arizona, and UCLA joining Washington in advancing. The Huskies do battle next with Alabama in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional Friday, May 27th, with the best-of-three winner moving on.