Huskies open softball World Series against Nebraska

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OKLAHOMA CITY — One of college softball’s hottest teams tries to keep its dream alive at the Women’s College World Series.

Washington (43-15), which disposed of sixth-seeded Missouri in a back-to-back one-run games, hopes for more magic at 9 a.m. Thursday when it meets 14th-seeded Nebraska (45-14). The game will be carried live on ESPN2.

The Cornhuskers upset Pac-12 champion Oregon last weekend. Both UW and Nebraska finished second in their conferences.

The Huskies used superb pitching and defense to offset so-so hitting to advance to their first Series since placing seventh in 2010. Coach Heather Tarr’s team is making its fourth World Series appearance in her nine seasons. Washington won it all in 2009 and is making its 11th trip to the Series.

Washington has allowed just two postseason runs, is tied for the nation’s best fielding percentage (.981) and has not committed a postseason error.

The Huskies are led by star pitchers Kaitlin Inglesby (1-0, 0.47 earned-run average in postseason) and Bryana Walker (4-0, 0.37).

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