The second-ranked Washington Huskies (11-1) softball team split its first two games of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Huskies opened with an 11-0, five-inning win over the Maryland Terrapins (1-11) before falling to the No. 23 LSU Tigers (10-4) 6-3.
The Huskies wasted no time in getting a run on the board against the Terrapins, as the first four runners reached base, and three of them scored to give starter Bryana Walker a 3-0 lead. Walker was making her eighth start of the season and threw four shutout innings with eight strikeouts to move to 7-0.
In the second game, Kaitlin Inglesby made the start in the circle, and allowed all six runs (five earned) over seven innings to fall to 3-1 on the season.
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From sports-information reports.