Huskies Shutout Willamette In Double Header

Feb. 19, 2005

SEATTLE-- The 11th-ranked Huskies defeated Willamette, 8-0 (6) and 18-0 (5), this afternoon in front of 796 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. Washington rattled off 24 hits in the double header to improve its record to 7-3. Willamette dips to 0-2.

Freshman pitcher Caitlin Noble (2-2) struck out 16 batters in six innings in the opener to lead Washington to the 8-0 rout. The 16 strikeouts set a UW record, surpassing current UW pitching coach Eve Gaw's 15 strikeouts in a 1995 seven inning game.

Washington scored three runs in the first inning on one hit, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batsman. Ashley Charters and Lauren Greer led off with back-to-back walks and Dominique Lastrapes singled to score Charters. The Bearcats intentionally walked Kristen Rivera to load the bases and Aimee Minor was hit by a pitch to score Greer. Lastrapes scored on a fielder's choice to give the Huskies the 3-0 lead.

UW added three more runs in the fourth inning on four hits and an error. Callie Bergan doubled to left field and scored on an in-the-park home run by Ashley Charters. Greer followed with a double and scored on a Rivera double to give Washington the 6-0 advantage.

The Huskies scored one more in the fifth on a solo home run by Sarah Hyatt and evoke the eight-run lead mercy-rule in the sixth when Charters scored on a balk.

Noble recorded the first 13 outs by way of strikeout. She held Willamette to just two hits.

Washington had 16 hits in the night cap, cruising to the 18-0 five-inning victory.

The Huskies scored 11 runs in the first inning on five hits and one error. UW quickly loaded the bases with a walk to Charters, an error and intentional walk to Rivera. Washington then scored two runs with a hit batsman and a walk. Bergan kept the rally going with an infield single and Jacki Hansen scored two with a single to centerfield. Charters drove in two more with a single through the right side and Rivera capped off the inning with her fifth home run of the season to put UW on top 11-0.

Washington scored seven more runs in the bottom of the second frame on seven hits. Hyatt led off the frame with a double off the centerfield wall and scored on a Bergan single. Kirsten L'Heureux, Charters and Greer hit consecutive singles to score two more runs and a single by Rivera plated Greer and Lastrapes. Bergan singled down the left field line to score Rivera and give the Huskies the 18-0 lead.

Ashley Boek (5-1) tossed a no-hitter in the victory and was one error away from a perfect game. She struck out 10 in the win. A dropped throw at first was Washington's only blemish in the game.

Lastrapes led all players with five hits (5-for-7) in the double header, while Bergan (4-for-6) and Charters (4-for-7) each tallied four hits for the Dawgs. Rivera and Charters each had four RBIs on the day.

The Huskies return to action next week when they take part in the Palm Springs Classic. Washington opens the tournament vs. Northwestern on Feb. 25 at 3:30 pm.

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