Softball Splits On Opening Day
Feb. 10, 2006
LAS VEGAS-- The 13th-ranked Washington softball team (1-1) split a pair of games at the UNLV Alexis Resort Classic Friday to open the 2006 season. The Huskies dropped the opener to Kentucky (1-0), 6-1, before bouncing back with a 12-8, five-inning rout over 12th-ranked Oklahoma (0-1).
The Huskies, who mustered just three hits vs. Kentucky, blasted 16 hits off of four Oklahoma pitchers in the nightcap en route to their first victory of the season. Freshman Danielle Lawrie (1-0) picked up the win as she held the Sooners to three hits with seven strikeouts. She took a no-hit shutout into the fifth inning, before OU put together a four-run rally.
Junior Dominique Lastrapes and freshman Marnie Koziol headlined the offense with four hits apiece on the day. Lastrapes tallied five of Washington's 11 RBIs, while hitting .571 (4-for-7) with a home run and four runs scored. Koziol led all players with an .800 clip, going 4-for-5 in her collegiate debut.
Four other Huskies had two hits on the day, including junior Dena Tyson, sophomore Ashley Charters and freshmen Alicia Matthews and Ashlyn Watson. Watson blasted a solo home run vs. Oklahoma for her first collegiate hit, while Matthews tallied a double for her first hit in the Purple and Gold.
Washington has two games on tap for Saturday, opening vs. Illinois-Chicago at 11:15 am, before taking on Long Beach State at 1:30 pm.
WASHINGTON 12, OKLAHOMA 4 (5 INNINGS)
Lawrie made a strong collegiate debut vs. Oklahoma as she caught the first three batters looking at called third strikes.
Watson got Washington on the scoreboard in the second inning and sparked a seven run frame when she hit a lead-off home run over the left field fence. Washington strung eight hits together in the rally as the Sooners threw three different pitchers in the run. After Watson's home run, Matthews doubled to left field and scored on a Lauren Greer double to left centerfield. The Huskies loaded the bases with singles by Nicole Moojen and Koziol, and a single by Lastrapes to centerfield scored Greer. Charters followed with a single up the middle to plate Moojen and a double by Tyson scored two more. UW scored its last run of the inning when Charters scored on a dropped third strike as Washington took the 7-0 lead.
The Huskies scored two more runs in the third inning on four hits to take the 9-0 lead. Moojen drew a leadoff walk and Koziol followed with an infield single. Lastrapes singled to third base to score Moojen and a single by Sarah Hyatt plated Lastrapes.
Washington capped off the fourth inning with a three run home run by Lastrapes, the fourth of her career.
Lawrie held Oklahoma hitless through the fourth inning. Traci Dickenson and Amber Braddock led off the fifth frame with back-to-back walks and scored on a triple by Kristin Vesely. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Stacia Aleman hit a two-out solo home run over the left field fence before the Huskies used a ground out to Moojen at shortstop to end the inning and seal the mercy-rule victory.
Lastrapes finished the game with three hits on four at-bats with five RBIs, while Koziol went 3-for-3
KENTUCKY 6, WASHINGTON 1
Washington had just three hits vs. Kentucky and had four fielding errors for a shaky season-opener.
The Huskies struck first, scoring a run in the first inning after Lastrapes led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a double to right centerfield by Watson.
The Wildcats evened the score in the third inning, scoring one run on two hits and an error. Brooke Marnitz hit a two-out double to left centerfield and moved to third on an error. She scored on a single by Megan Miller.
Kentucky scored two more runs in the fourth frame on two hits and two more in the sixth on three UW errors. The Wildcats closed out the game with another run in the seventh inning with an RBI-single by Miller.
Jessica Trueblood earned the win in the circle for UK, holding the Huskies to three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Caitlin Noble took the loss for Washington as she scattered six hits over seven innings with four walks and six strikeouts.