Huskies Move On To Semifinals With 6-2 Win Over Oregon
OKLAHOMA CITY — The #5 Washington Huskies advanced to the semifinals in the Women’s College World Series with another win, shutting down one-seeded Oregon for six innings and cruising to a 6-2 win. Once again, it was a fifth-inning burst that put the Huskies on top, with Washington scoring four times to break the tie.
Gabbie Plain and Taran Alvelo combined to stymie Oregon, with Plain working the first five innings and coming back to close out the seventh. Plain allowed five baserunners in the game but got the next batter out every time to keep Oregon off the board. Alvelo threw a scoreless sixth to help the Huskies to the win.
Plain allowed a leadoff single in the fifth before retiring the next three batters to give Washington a chance to take the lead in the pivotal inning. The four-run outburst began with a leadoff single by Noelle Hee , one of three times the freshman reached base in the game.
With the bases loaded, Kelly Burdick got the job done for a 1-0 lead. The senior bounced a ball to the shortstop, who tried to go home to get the force. Kaija Gibson slid in safely as the ball arrived to put the Huskies on top.
Taylor Van Zee’s single to right put more on the board, with two runs scoring as the ball fired past a diving first baseman. Sis Bates added another run when she dropped a single into short rightfield down the line to make it 4-0.
Two more insurance runs came across for the Huskies in the sixth, courtesy of Taryn Atlee and Trysten Melhart . Hee scored the first run after drawing a leadoff walk, coming around when Atlee doubled to the left-center wall. Atlee, who advanced to third on the throw, came across the plate on a groundout by Melhart.
The Ducks would score twice in the seventh but couldn’t cut it any closer as Plain re-entered and put a close on another win.
Washington now has 51 wins, its most since winning 51 in 2009.
The Huskies are 34-0 now when leading after five innings.
Washington has started 2-0 at the WCWS six times now, last doing so in 2009.
Van Zee (2×4, 2 RBI) has reached base every game of this postseason, hitting .500.
Bates (1×3, 2B, RBI) has a six-game hit streak now.
Burdick (1×3, R, RBI, SB) has scored six runs in seven postseason games.
Plain (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K) is on a 19.0-inning streak without allowing an earned run, her fourth such streak of 18.0 IP or more.
27 of Plain’s 32 outs recorded at the WCWS have been groundouts.
Washington is now one of three teams in the nation with two pitchers with 22 or more wins each.
Washington has scored four or more runs in a single inning 24 times this year.
Washington advances in the winner’s bracket with the victory and will play Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 am PT. That game will be against the winner of the Saturday, June 2 4:00 pm PT game.