UW prevailed 4-2 to advance to the Super Regional round, where it will meet 11th-seeded Utah, in a best-of-three series in Seattle next weekend.
Talk about flipping the script.
With Michigan fighting to stave off elimination after losing to Washington 12-4 in five innings the day before, the hits were few and far between for UW in its NCAA Softball Regional final against Michigan Sunday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.
UW prevailed 4-2 to advance to the Super Regional round, where it will meet 11th-seeded Utah, in a best-of-three series in Seattle beginning Friday.
Next weekend, NCAA Super Regional at Husky Softball Stadium, UW vs. Utah
Unlike their first game against Michigan on Saturday, which saw the Huskies notch 16 hits against the Wolverines (43-13-1), what unfolded in UW’s 4-2 win was the sort of pitcher’s battle that fans had expected the day before based on the track records of both starting pitchers this season.
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A day after UW rocked Wolverines pitcher Megan Betsa to the tune of four hits and three runs and forced her into an early exit after a third of an inning, Betsa, who leads the nation in strikeouts, came roaring back, recording nine strikeouts, and allowing only two runs through five innings.
But the Wolverines’ aggressive starting pitcher also walked nine batters. Betsa also hit UW’s Casey Stangel with a pitch in the third inning, and drew boos from the crowd when she hit Ali Aguilar in the sixth.
The walks came in part because Betsa was trying to pitch around UW’s best hitters. Aguilar, for one, had her second home run in as many days off Betsa in the third inning.
“They’re a tough team to pitch to,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said. “If you put it over the plate, they put it over the fence. She was just trying to be careful at times. We certainly would have liked fewer walks. Walks are not always good, but a…