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No. 2 Washington Blanks No. 22 Lady Flames, 6-0

February 10, 2019  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico  RSS
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Jaclyn Amader and Madison Via were both named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team.

Jaclyn Amader and Madison Via were both named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team.

Defending Women's College World Series runner-up, No. 2 Washington, used a five-run fourth to back up a combined one-hitter, pulling away for a 6-0 victory over 22nd-ranked Liberty, Sunday at Nancy Almaraz Stadium.

Washington moves to 3-1 on the season, while Liberty finishes its time at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge at 1-4.

Liberty senior Jaclyn Amader and sophomore Madison Via were named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge All-Tournament Team for their efforts this weekend.

Scoring Summary
WASHINGTON – 3rd INNING – Bates singles to left field, Vandergrift scores, 1-0
WASHINGTON – 4th INNING – Gibson singles up the middle, Helm advances to second, Atlee scores, 2-0
WASHINGTON – 4th INNING – Milloy singles through the right side, Vandergrift advances to second, Gibson advances to third, Quinones scores, 3-0
WASHINGTON – 4th INNING – Bates singles up the middle, advances to second on the throw, Milloy advances to third, Vandergrift and Gibson score, 5-0
WASHINGTON – 4th INNING – Flores flies out to left, sac fly, Milloy scores, 6-0

Notable Numbers
- Washington recorded six hits, compared to one for the Lady Flames. Liberty walked three times and was hit by two pitches, leaving five on base, compared to three LOB for the Huskies.

- 2018 All-American pitchers Gabbie Plain and Taran Alvelo tossed a combined one hitter, with Alvelo (2-1) earning the win with four innings of one-hit relief after Plain allowed no hits in the first three innings.

- Elizabeth Engler, making her first start of the season, allowed four runs on four hits, walking two and striking out one in 3 1/3 innings pitched. After Emily Kirby allowed two runs in the fourth, Julia DiMartino retired all 11 batters she faced in 3 2/3 innings of relief, striking out three.

- Washington's Sis Bates batted 2-for-4 with three RBI, the only player with multiple hits in the game.

- Sarah Robertson went 1-for-1 with two walks, as her two-out double in the sixth was the Lady Flames' lone hit.

Turning Point
- With Washington holding a narrow 1-0 lead going into the fourth, the Huskies chased both Engler and Kirby, pushing the lead to 5-0.

- DiMartino came on with one out and a runner on third. Morganne Flores flied out to left, scoring Milloy from third, but DiMartino struck out Sami Reynolds for the final out. The Huskies got no one on base in the final 3 2/3 innings of the game.

Beyond the Box Score
- Washington is now 2-0 all-time against Liberty in softball, also downing the Lady Flames, 4-1, on March 19, 1999 in Fullerton, Calif.

- DiMartino posted her 600th career strikeout during today's game. She is the program record holder with 601 career strikeouts.
- Robertson's double moves her into a tie with Jessica Moor (2005-07) for fifth place in program history with 41 career doubles.

- Engler started at pitcher in two out of Lady Flames' last three meetings with Pac 12 teams. She also started against then No. 3 UCLA, Feb. 23, 2018 in Cathedral City, Calif.

Up Next
Liberty will next compete at the Texas A&M Invitational, held next Friday through Sunday at Davis Diamond. The Lady Flames are set to take on the host Aggies, along with Rutgers and McNeese.