Huskies Take Two From Portland State

March 12, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore.-- The 14th-ranked Washington softball team (14-7) swept a double header from Portland State (4-10) this afternoon, winning 14-4 in the opener and 9-0 in five innings in the night cap. Washington improves its all-time record vs. the Vikings to 28-0.


In the opener, the Huskies took the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run home run by Kristen Rivera. The homer scored Dominique Lastrapes who had reached base on a walk.

The Vikings answered in the second inning, tying the score at 2-2 with a two-run home run by Kayla Lewis. The home run was the fifth of the season for Lewis.

PSU tacked on two more runs in the third on two hits. Kimi Daniel drew a walk and Lacey Gorman followed with a double into left-centerfield. Lauren McCarthy drove in two runs with a double into the left-center gap to put the Vikings on top 4-2.

Washington roared back in the fourth frame, scoring three runs on two hits to regain the lead. The Huskies loaded the bases with no outs on a single sandwiched between two walks to trigger a pitching change. Caitlin Noble then ripped a double down the right line to score two runs. Torie Coury grounded out to the shortstop to score another run and give UW the 5-4 edge.

The Huskies scored three more runs in the fifth with back-to-back home runs. Rivera led off with a single to left field and Sarah Hyatt blasted her sixth home run of the year over the left-centerfield fence. Aimee Minor followed with her sixth home run of the season with a line-drive to left-center. The home run moved Minor into the No. 10 spot on Huskies all-time list with 15 career dingers.

Noble sat the Vikings down in order in the fifth and struck out the side in the sixth.

Washington scored five more runs in the top of the seventh inning on five hits. Minor led off with a 250-ft. home run to centerfield that cleared the secondary fence. Lauren Greer followed with a single to centerfield and scored on a Noble triple. Coury and Jacki Hansen reached base with a hit-by-pitch and walk and Ashley Charters drove in two runs with a single to right field. Hansen scored on an infield double play to put Washington ahead 14-4.

Noble (5-3) earned the win as she held Portland State to four hits, while striking out 13. It marked her seventh double-digit strikeout performance this season.

Vanessa Holm (1-5) took the loss for PSU as she allowed three hits and five runs over three innings, while striking out three.

Rivera, Minor and Greer each had three hits in the game for Washington.

The Huskies tied their game-high this season with four home runs. UW also hit four home runs against Illinois on Feb. 12.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Washington.......... 200 331 5 - 14 15  0Portland State...... 022 000 0 -  4  4  0-----------------------------------------UW- Noble and Rivera.PSU- Holm, Hill (4), Hess (5) and McCarthy.

DP - PSU 2. LOB - Huskies 5; PSU 7. 2B - LASTRAPES(4); NOBLE(1); GORMAN, L.(2); McCARTHY, L.(2). 3B - NOBLE(1). HR - RIVERA(9); HYATT(6); MINOR 2(7); LEWIS, K.(5). HBP - CHARTERS; COURY; DANIEL, K.. SH - NOBLE(1); GORMAN, L.(1). SB -HYATT(2); MINOR(2); GREER(3); HANSEN(2). CS - CHARTERS(3).

Win - NOBLE (5-3). Loss - HOLM, V. (1-5). Save - None.HBP - by HOLM, V. (CHARTERS); by HESS, C. (COURY); by NOBLE (DANIEL, K.). PB - RIVERA(2).


Washington scored seven runs in the second inning of the nightcap to cruise to the 9-0 victory. The Huskies scored the runs on three hits, highlighted by Rivera's 10th home run of the season and second career grand slam. The home run brings her career total to 68 and puts her just five homers away from tying Jaime Clark's school record of 73.

The Huskies scored two more runs in the fifth on two hits and an error. Washington put runners on first and second with a walk and fielder's choice. Greer then singled into right field to score pinch runner Kailyn Ellinger and Minor scored from first on a throwing error by the right fielder.

The Vikings went down in order in the bottom of the fifth and the game ended prematurely due to the mercy-rule (ahead by eight or more runs after five innings).

Ashley Boek (9-4) picked up the shutout victory for Washington as she held Portland State to just two hits. It marked her fifth shutout of the season.

Michelle Hext (1-3) took the loss as she gave up five hits and struck out two.

The Huskies return to action next week when they take part in the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif., Mar. 17-20. Washington opens the tournament on Thursday vs. No. 18 Nebraska at 4 p.m.

Score by Innings               R  H  E--------------------------------------Washington.......... 070 02 -  9  5  0Portland State...... 000 00 -  0  2  2  --------------------------------------Boek and L'Heureux.Hext and McCarthy.

E - GIBSON, M.(1); RUTLEDGE, R.(6). LOB - Huskies 2; PSU 3. HR - RIVERA(10). SH - CHARTERS(1). SB - WILKINSON(3).

Win - BOEK (9-4). Loss - HEXT, M. (). Save - None.

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