OREM, Utah – The Washington softball team bolted out to a 5-0 lead after one inning of play and never looked back to defeat Utah Valley, 14-4 Wednesday afternoon in Orem, Utah.
Junior Casey Stangel paced the Husky offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for the third straight game. Stangel and senior Courtney Gano each recorded three RBI to lead the team.
In the circle, freshman Taran Alvelo made her first start of the fall season, giving up no runs on one hit while registering five strikeouts in three innings. Stangel came on in relief in the fourth, tossing two innings before sophomore Madi Schreyer closed out the game, striking out three in the final two frames.
Washington grabbed control early in the first after sophomore's Trysten Melhart and Taylor Van Zee drew back-to-back walks. Junior Ali Aguilar then singled to load the bases and senior Kimberlee Souza drew a walk to score the first run of the game. With the bases still loaded, Gano delivered a two-RBI single up the middle and Stangel followed suit, smacking a two-RBI double to left center to make it a 5-0 score.
After a three up, three down inning for Alvelo and the Husky defense, Washington took advantage of a couple of Wolverine errors to score two more. A quartet of sophomore's accounted for both of the runs in the inning. Krystal Aubert and Kelly Burdick reached on back-to-back errors and scored off Trysten Melhart and Taylor Van Zee's RBI groundouts to give the Dawgs a 7-0 lead.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the fifth as junior Ali Aguilar doubled to left center, advanced to third off a wild pitch and scored off freshman Morganne Flores RBI groundout.
Utah Valley strung together a trio of hits to score a pair of runs in the fifth to avoid the shutout, but the Huskies answered, scoring six more in the final two frames.
After Stangel led off the sixth with a solo home run, DePonte doubled and scored off freshman Tannon Snow's triple down the right field line.
Washington put up four more runs in the final frame, highlighted by a two-RBI triple by DePonte. The Wolverines scored a pair in the final inning but it was too little, too late as the Huskies ran away with the 14-4 win.
Washington is scheduled to play its final game of the Utah fall trip, tomorrow (Sept. 24) against BYU at 1 p.m. PT.