Iolani graduate Kimberlee Souza lined the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning over the left center-field wall to give Washington a 4-3 win in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series Thursday.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Washington (44-15) tied the game when Victoria Hayward lined a ball that slid under the glove of right fielder Brooke Thomason for a triple. A sacrifice squeeze by Hooch Fagaly scored Hayward to send the game to extra innings.
The home run was the Waialua native Souza’s eighth of the season. Washington will play the winner of Thursday’s Tennessee-Florida game. Nebraska will play the loser of that game on Friday.