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Huskies advance

Freshman Shawna Wright’s RBI double with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Jenn Halling and lifted Washington to a 2-1 victory over North Carolina in an NCAA softball tournament game in Seattle on Sunday.

UW’s victory eliminated North Carolina and advanced the Huskies to the Super Regionals.

Washington’s Danielle Lawrie pitched a three-hitter, striking out 15 and walking one as she improved her record to 38-2.

The defending national champion Huskies (48-6) went undefeated in the three-day Seattle Regional and will host Oklahoma at Husky Softball Stadium beginning Thursday. The winner of that best-of-3 series will advance to the College World Series in Oklahoma City.

•Stephanie Chrystal delivered a two-run home run as Community Colleges of Spokane opened the NWAACC Championships by upsetting Shoreline, the No. 1 seed from the north, 6-1 in Portland.

The tournament, which was scheduled to begin Friday but has been plagued by rain, was changed to a single-elimination format. The Sasquatch (24-14, 19-10 NWAACC) are scheduled to face Lower Columbia in the quarterfinals at 10 this morning, with officials hoping to complete the tournament today.

Chrystal homered, Jennica Ebel had a two-run single and Tiffany Lookabill (Mead) drove in a run during CCS’ five-run fourth.

Shelby Bethel (15-10) went the distance, striking out eight and allowing one unearned run.


Jeremy Stumetz threw a complete game as Gonzaga completed a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount with a 6-1 win in West Coast Conference action in Spokane.

Stumetz allowed one unearned run and scattered eight hits as the Bulldogs (20-32, 8-10) earned their first sweep of the season and gave coach Mark Machtolf his 200th career victory.

Billy Moon (U-Hi) went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for Gonzaga and Ernesto Ortiz hit his third home run.

•Zack Thornton improved to 8-0, allowing one unearned run over 7 2/3 innings as No. 22 Oregon beat Washington 5-2 in a Pac-10 game in Seattle. Andrew Kittredge (Ferris) took the loss, falling to 7-6 after allowing four runs over 4 2/3 innings for the Huskies (27-26, 10-14 Pac-10).


The Community Colleges of Spokane women lead after the first day of the NWAACC Championships in Bremerton, Wash. Alyssa Osterback (Mt. Spokane) tops the leaderboard after shooting a 75, while Darby Moberg and Alexa Bell are tied for second, two shots back. Play concludes today.


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