OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kimberlee Souza, an Iolani School graduate, lined the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning over the left-field wall to give Washington a 4-3 victory Thursday in the opening game of the Women's College World Series.
Down 3-2 in the seventh, Washington (44-15) rallied when Victoria Hayward lined a ball that slid under right fielder Brooke Thomason's glove for a triple. Hooch Fagaly's sacrifice squeeze scored Hayward to send the game to extra innings.
The home run was Souza's eighth of the season. Souza, a sophomore infielder, was named second-team All-Pacific Region and Pac-12 Conference honorable mention earlier this season.
Washington celebrates after Kimberlee Souza hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Nebraska 4-3 on Thursday.
"The good thing is we bounced back," said Huskies coach Heather Tarr.
Washington will face Tennessee today. The Lady Vols beat Florida 9-2. Nebraska (45-15) will play Florida in an elimination game Saturday.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
At Oklahoma City
All times HST
Washington 4, Nebraska 3, 8 innings
Tennessee 9, Florida 2
Texas 6, Arizona State 3
Oklahoma 7, Michigan 1
Game 5 - Washington vs. Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Texas vs. Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m.
Game 7 - Nebraska vs. Florida, 6 a.m.
Game 8 - Arizona State vs. Michigan, 8:30 a.m.
Game 9 - Game 5 loser vs. Game 7 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 10 - Game 6 loser vs. Game 8 winner, 3:30 p.m.