SEATTLE - The UW got its third shutout on the weekend with a 4-0 victory in the 2012 NCAA Seattle Regional Championship over Harvard Sunday afternoon. The Huskies (39-17) will advance to next week's Super Regionals and face Pac-12 foe Cal. More information about the Super Regionals will be available Monday.
Sophomore Bryana Walker (La Quinta, Calif.) was the third Husky pitcher on the weekend to pitch a shutout and get the win, along with Kasey Stanchek on Saturday and Kaitlin Inglesby on Friday. Walker picked up her 10th win of the season, allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
The winning run came in the first for the UW. Sophomore Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) reached on an error to lead off the game and stole second base. She scored on a single to left by Inglesby. The run was unearned.
The UW had scoring opportunities in the second, leaving the bases loaded.
Senior Nikia Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif.) gave the UW some insurance runs in the fourth with a three-run home run to center. Catcher Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif.) singled to start the inning. Pinch runner Marki Creger-Zier (Steilacoom, Wash.) and Hayward scored on the home run.
There were six total hits in the game for the Huskies, led by Pohlman and Wright with two each.
Rachel Brown pitched every inning on the weekend for Harvard, allowing just three earned runs on six hits in the game. Harvard, the No. 4 seed in the Seattle Regional, won two games Saturday to advance to the championship.
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