Softball Hosts Husky Fever Classic
Feb. 22, 2006
UP NEXT: The No. 14/15 (ESPN.com/NFCA) Washington softball team (8-3) hosts Santa Clara and Utah Valley State, Feb. 25-26, in the Husky Fever Classic. The Huskies will face Santa Clara at 11:15 a.m. and Utah Valley State at 1:30 p.m. both days in the round robin tournament. Utah Valley State and Santa Clara will square-off at 9 a.m. both days.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies placed second at the LSU Tiger Classic with a 4-2 mark. Washington posted wins over Eastern Michigan, 9-0, Western Kentucky, 7-0, and Mississippi Valley State, 3-0, before falling to host and 25th-ranked LSU, 2-0, to close out pool play. Washington went on to defeat Eastern Michigan 1-0 in the tournament semifinal and lost to LSU 4-0 in the championship. Freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie, sophomore designated player Ashley Charters and senior third baseman Sarah Hyatt were named to the all-tournament team. Lawrie went 2-1 in the circle with a pair of shutouts and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. Charters led the team with a .471 (8-for-17) average, eight hits and four runs scored, while Hyatt hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and five RBIs.
Pos. Name Yr. Avg. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-A FLD%C Alicia Matthews Fr. .333 27 3 9 3 0 0 4 0-0 1.0001B Ashlyn Watson Fr. .208 24 3 5 2 0 2 5 0-0 1.0002B Dominique Lastrapes Jr. .375 32 10 12 3 0 1 8 3-4 .939SS Nicole Moojen Jr. .211 19 4 4 0 0 0 2 1-1 .8893B Sarah Hyatt Sr. .321 28 3 9 2 0 0 9 0-0 1.000OF Dena Tyson Jr. .133 30 5 4 1 0 1 3 0-0 .875OF Lauren Greer So. .217 23 2 5 1 1 0 4 0-0 1.000OF Marnie Koziol Fr. .464 28 6 13 0 0 0 2 1-1 .900DP Ashley Charters So. .471 34 8 16 0 0 0 3 4-5 .000
Pos. Name Yr. W-L ERA SHO IP H R ER BB SOP Caitlin Noble So. 3-2 1.43 1 29.1 17 9 6 17 34P Danielle Lawrie Fr. 5-1 1.31 2 42.2 25 11 8 13 58
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA (4-5)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the series 12-0.
Last Meeting: Washington won two games against Santa Clara in 2004. The Huskies defeated the Broncos 1-0 on Feb. 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii and 11-0 on March 12 in San Jose, Calif.
Notes: Santa Clara is led by Shannon Linerud and Ashley Blier with .462 and .409 batting averages, respectively. Linerud leads the team with 12 hits, four doubles and three stolen bases, while Jenny Brown is hitting .367 (11-for-30) with four doubles, a triple and a home run. Jerrica Castagno headlines the three-member pitching staff with a 2-2 mark, while Sara Overmier is 1-1 and Jackie Morales is 1-2. Four of the Bronco's losses have come at the hands of Stanford who is ranked sixth in the most recent polls.
SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY STATE (4-3)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the series 1-0
Last Meeting: Washington defeated Utah Valley State 6-0 last season on May 5 in Provo, Utah.
Notes: The Wolverines have a trio of players hitting above .350 and are headlined by Rachel Hartgrove with a .500 average (10-for-20) and a team-best 10 RBIs and three home runs. Cari Hamilton and Chris Jimenez are also off to strong starts to the season with .385 (5-for-13) and .364 (8-for-22) averages, respectively. Hamilton leads the team with nine runs, while Jimenez has driven in six runs. Jackie Roberts (3-1) leads a four-member pitching staff with a 1.70 earned run average and 27 strikeouts and 24.2 innings pitched.
KOZIOL OFF TO STREAKING START: Freshman Marnie Koziol boasts a 10-game hitting streak. She has hit safety in all 10 games she has started. Dominique Lastrapes had a nine-game hitting streak before going 0-for-3 in the LSU Tiger Classic championship game on Feb. 19. The UW hitting streak record is 21 games, set by Rosie Leutzinger during the 2000 season.
FANNING THE COMPETITION: Freshman Danielle Lawrie struck out 15 batters in Washington's seven-inning 3-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 18, falling one strikeout shy of the UW record. Lawrie has posted double figure strikeouts three times this season and ranks fourth in the conference. Last season, Caitlin Noble set the strikeout record with 16 vs. Willamette in six innings.
LAWRIE AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Danielle Lawrie leads the Pac-10 with 42.4 innings pitched and six starts. Her 15 strikeouts looking rank second in the conference, as do her five victories.
SLAPPERS LEAD HUSKIES OFFENSE: Slap-hitters Ashley Charters and Marnie Koziol headline the UW offense with .471 and .464 averages, which rank fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively. Charters also ranks third in the Pac-10 in hits (16) and seventh in on-base percentage (.514).
FAST START FOR FRESHMEN: Washington's freshman class made quite a splash in the opening weekend with all five rookies making at least two starts at the UNLV Alexis Resort Kickoff in Las Vegas, Feb. 10-12 ... Marnie Koziol led the Huskies with a .700 average (7-for-10) ... Ashlyn Watson hit two home runs ... Alicia Matthews hit at a .357 clip, including a two-RBI double ... Danielle Lawrie went 3-0 from the circle, striking out 31 batters in 19 innings.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies dropped four spots in this week's USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll to take over the No. 15 position. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 157 datings. Washington's streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also includes smaller streaks of 66 straight top 6 rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 69 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01). Washington dropped three spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll to No. 14.
TWO HUSKIES NAMED TO POTY WATCH LIST: Washington junior Dominique Lastrapes and freshman Danielle Lawrie are among 50 Division I players named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. Lastrapes is named to the list for the second consecutive year, while Lawrie is the only freshman on the list. The award, given out by the Amateur Softball Association, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden and two-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman.
Aimee Minor DRAFTED INTO THE NPF SENIOR DRAFT: Aimee Minor has been drafted by the Connecticut Brakettes in the second round of the 2006 Senior College Player Selections. Minor is one of 30 athletes selected by seven National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) teams over four rounds. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2005 college season is finished. Senior selection rights expire August 31, 2006.
ALEXIS RESORT KICKOFF RECAP: Washington battled back from a season-opening loss to Kentucky (6-1) Feb. 9 to win its next four games to capture the Alexis Resort Kickoff Classic title. The Huskies defeated No. 12/13 Oklahoma 12-4 in five innings and topped Illinois-Chicago 5-1, Long Beach State 5-2 and host UNLV 3-1. Washington and Oklahoma both finished the tournament with 4-1 records but UW earned the tourney title after defeating Oklahoma head-to-head. The Huskies are now 11-3 all-time in season openers and 54-15 in season-opening multiple-team tournaments.
HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, will carry 10 Husky softball games during the regular season and will carry all postseason games. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his ninth season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers color commentary for his sixth season with the Dawgs. All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.
UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches. Head Coach Heather Tarr, who begins her second season at the helm of the UW program, returns seven starters for the 2006 campaign, including five All-Pac-10 players. The Huskies finished sixth in the conference last season with a 10-11 record after four teams tied for first place with 13-8 records. UCLA (49 points) was picked to finish first, followed by Arizona (41), Stanford (37), California (27), Oregon State (26), UW (23), Arizona State (12) and Oregon (9).
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 16-player Washington roster includes nine returning letterwinners and seven returning starters. The 2006 team is comprised of two seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. Seven players hail from Washington, seven from California, one from Oregon and one from British Columbia.
HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington player, embarks on her second season at the helm of the Husky Softball team. In her first year, Tarr led Washington to the Super Regional where the Huskies fell one game short of advancing to the program's eighth Women's College World Series. Seven Huskies earned All-Pac-10 honors, including Kristen Rivera, who was the Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year. Three Washington players earned All-Pacific Region honors and three were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. The Huskies tallied 13 wins over top-25 opponents, including No. 1 Michigan, No. 3 California and No. 4 Stanford. Tarr has a 39-23 career record at Washington.
2005 RECAP: Washington took top-ranked and eventual national champion Michigan to a third-and-deciding game at the Super Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich., and lost an 11-2 game to just miss out on the program's eighth Women's College World Series. Michigan won the opening game 4-1 but Washington forced a tiebreaker with a 3-2 victory the next day. The Huskies finished the year with a 35-22 record and 10-11 mark in the Pac-10. Kristen Rivera earned her fourth All-America award and was the Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year. Three Huskies received All-Pac-10 honors and three were named to the All-Pacific Region teams (Rivera- 1st, Sarah Hyatt & Dominique Lastrapes- 2nd).