After getting nothing to show for hitting the ball hard in several at-bats, Washington senior All-American Ali Aguilar dumped a single into left field in the top of the 10th inning, driving in Kirstyn Thomas and the eventual winning run against Auburn in Thursday’s last game of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
The Huskies (1-0) got an amazing performance from starting pitcher Taran Alvelo, who threw 168 pitches and held the Tigers (1-1) to just four hits. Alvelo worked around some early trouble that included three walks in the first inning, but she only gave up one run in that sequence when Carlee Wallace a scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the 10th, Auburn got a leadoff hit by Wallace, but Alvelo retired the next three batters to secure the win.
Washington tied the game with a run in the seventh; Kelly Burdick singled and stole second, then came home on a single to center field by Taylor Van Zee. Aguilar hit the ball hard in her at-bats in the seventh and ninth innings, but handled the moment well with two outs and Thomas on third base, right after the Huskies hit into a double play.
Auburn starter Kaylee Carlson pitched eight innings, allowing 10 hits but just one run. The Tigers’ offense was in shackles for much of the game, getting a double in the third inning from Kendall Veach but then going hitless until a single by Courtney Shea in the eighth.