Rounding out Session 1 of the 2019 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, No. 3 Washington took on No. 19 Baylor under the lights at Nancy Almaraz Stadium on Sunday evening. The Huskies used timely hitting and clutch pitching to walk away with the win, 8-2.
SilentRain Espinoza totaled three RBI on the night. Her first came in the second inning to give her squad the lead, 1-0.
Sis Bates and Sami Reynolds added to the total in the fourth inning, each securing RBI to push the Husky lead to 3-0.
Baylor (3-2) battled back in the fifth inning when Hannah Smith and Nicky Dawson knocked in a pair of runs to climb within one, 3-2.
Espinoza’s second and third RBI came in the top of the sixth inning, following a Taryn Atlee RBI sacrifice fly. Morganne Flores added extra insurance with a two-run shot in the seventh.
Taran Alvelo pitched the final three innings for the Huskies (4-1), gave up six hits and struck out four.
WASHINGTON 6, LIBERTY 0
No. 22 Liberty faced a stiff opponent in No. 3 Washington to round out is 2019 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. A big fourth inning was all the Huskies needed to take care of the Flames, 6-0.
Sis Bates broke the stalemate in the top of the third inning with an RBI single that scored Megan Vandergrift.
The Huskies (3-1) broke open the game in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs. Kaija Gibson, Amirah Milloy, Sis Bates and Morganne Flores each recorded RBI for the Huskies.
Fresh off a five-strikeout performance against Duke on Saturday evening, Gabbie Plain followed it up with three clean innings, giving up just a single walk. Taran Alvelo took the reins in the fifth inning. The senior pitched four full frames, struck out two, walked two and gave up one hit.
Sarah Robertson connected for the only hit of the game for Liberty (1-4), a double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
BAYLOR 6, LIBERTY 1
No. 18 Baylor jumped ahead early and kept No. 22 Liberty at arm's length the rest of the way in Sunday's second game of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
The Bears (3-1) jumped ahead by five runs in the top of the second inning. Hannah Smith, Josie Bower and Nicky Dawson each hit RBI singles, and two more runs came across on an error.
In the seventh, freshman Kassidy Krupit hit a solo home run, and Baylor pitchers Madison Lindsey and Regan Green combined to allow five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Liberty (1-3) used three pitchers to get through the second inning; Jaclyn Amader put the Flames on the board in the third inning with a two-out RBI single.
NORTH CAROLINA 4, SOUTH CAROLINA 0
Freshman Hannah George hit a three-run homer, the first of her career for the Tar Heels, and Brittany Pickett pitched a five-hit shutout to close North Carolina's run at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge with a win over No. 9 South Carolina.
UNC (3-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Kiani Ramsey, which brought in Leah Murray. Pickett, who led the nation in innings pitched last year with 299 2/3, walked one and struck out six.
The Gamecocks finished their time at the event with a 3-2 record. South Carolina's push to rally in the sixth put runners on second and third with one out, but UNC held. The game ended in the bottom of the seventh with a double play.
Looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, No. 3 Washington (2-1) rebounded with a 4-1 victory over Duke (2-2).
Rachel Abboud’s double in the first inning scored Marissa Gagliano and gave the Blue Devils the early lead.
The Huskies stormed back, scoring two runs in both the first and second innings. Kaija Gibson, Noelle Hee and Morganne Flores all delivered RBI for Washington.
In the circle, Pat Moore took over for Taran Alvelo in the third inning. The sophomore gave up just one hit and struck out three in four innings of work.
Shelby Walters also struck out three in just over three innings of work for Duke.
NOTRE DAME 3, WASHINGTON 2 (8)
No. 3 Washington and Notre Dame battled in the second overtime game of the 2019 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge Saturday evening. Trailing nearly the entire contest, the Fighting Irish outlasted the Huskies, 3-2, in eight innings.
Washington (1-1) looked to pick up right where it left off from Friday night. Sami Reynolds’ triple scored Sis Bates and a batter later, a wild pitch allowed Reynolds to scamper home, giving the Huskies an 2-0 early advantage.
Sophomore pitcher Gabbie Plain seemed to have control of the Fighting Irish for the majority of the contest. Through five innings, Plain had just given up just one hit and struck out five.
Momentum swung back to Notre Dame (2-1) in the sixth inning. With Shelby Grimm standing at third, Ally West came through in the clutch with the Irish’s second hit of the game, pulling Notre Dame within one, 2-1. Two batters later, Melissa Rochford’s fielder’s choice drove home Katie Marino, tying the game at two.
The game remained deadlocked through the regulation seven innings. With the international tiebreaker in play, Ally Wester crossed the plate on a M.K. Bonamy single, giving Notre Dame its first lead of the game.
In the bottom of the eighth, Notre Dame tallied the final three outs, giving the Irish a big early-season win over the Huskies.
DUKE 3, LIBERTY 1
Caroline Jacobsen hit a solo home run in the second inning and drove in another run with a single in the fourth, and pitcher Amelia Wiercioch earned the save with two pressure outs in the seventh inning to send Duke past Liberty.
Trailing 3-0, the Flames loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, and Deidre See walked to make it 3-1. Wiercioch came in and got two groundouts to secure the result.
Liberty (1-2) put runners on first and second with one out in the fifth, but Duke reliever Peyton St. George got a fielder's choice for the second out. With the bases loaded, she registered a strikeout to end the frame. Liberty closed with 13 runners left on base. Madison Via had four hits, and Jaclyn Amader had three hits.
The Blue Devils (2-1) scored a run in the first, on a sacrifice fly from Rachel Abboud.
NORTH CAROLINA 5, BYU 4
Kristina Burkhardt punched a one-out three-run homer over the fence in right field in the bottom of the fifth inning, which rallied North Carolina past BYU.
The Tar Heels (1-2) started the fifth with three straight hits, and a run came across on a groundout by Kiani Ramsey to cut BYU's lead to 4-2.
BYU (1-3) scored single runs in each of the first three innings. Rylee Jensen singled, took second on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on a grounder by Lexi Tarrow; Jensen laced a two-out single to score Marissa Chavez, and Emilee Erickson drilled a solo home run, her fifth career long ball.
North Carolina scored a run in the first inning as Leah Murray reached on an error and Ramsey came through with a triple.
Brittany Pickett struck out two batters to end a BYU threat in the sixth inning, and she retired three straight in the seventh after allowing a leadoff single.
SOUTH CAROLINA 7, NOTRE DAME 4
Trailing by a run heading to the top of the seventh, No. 9 South Carolina unleashed a four-run rally to move past Notre Dame at the start of Saturday's action at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
The Gamecocks (3-1) got a single from Jana Johns to start the top of the seventh, and Cayla Drotar followed with a hit to put runners on first and second. Kennedy Clark bunted the runners to second and third on a sacrifice; Haley Simpson then tied the game with an RBI single. Jordan Fabian reached on an infield single to load the bases, and after a strikeout Madison Owens drew a bases-loaded walk to send South Carolina ahead, 5-4. Kenzi Maguire then lashed a two-run double to make it 7-4.
Cayla Drotar came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the Gamecocks and retired the Fighting Irish in order with two groundouts and a strikeout. Maguire had two hits and three RBI for South Carolina
Notre Dame (1-2) jumped ahead with three runs in the first inning; Katie Marino's single drove in Abby Sweet, and senior Caitlyn Brooks hit her 29th career homer to make it 3-0. South Carolina fought back with a solo home run by Maguire in the third inning, and then another long bomb from Mackenzie Boesel, which also brought home Maguire.
WASHINGTON 9, NORTH CAROLINA 1 (5)
No. 3 Washington fell behind early but eventually showed why it's earned high regard this season, scoring nine consecutive runs to ease past North Carolina in the last of Friday's action at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Huskies pitcher Taran Alvelo came in to relieve starter Gabbie Plain and muzzled UNC (0-2), allowing just one hit in 3 2/3 innings, to go with three strikeouts.
Zoe Goodman hit an RBI single for North Carolina in the first inning, but missed out on adding to their margin after loading the bases with one out in the second. Washington (1-0) scored three times in the third, capped by a two-run hit off the bat of Noelle Hee.
Morganne Flores, who missed all of 2018 with an injury, drove in two more runs with a double in the fourth, and with the bases loaded, Taryn Atlee was hit by a pitch to bring in another run, making it 6-1. Nawai Kaupe lifted a short sacrifice fly to left field for another run before North Carolina finally capped the four-run frame.
In the fifth, Amirah Milloy scored on an infield error, and Sis Bates finished it off with an RBI single.