Softball Wins Two At Husky Fever Classic
Feb. 25, 2006
SEATTLE-- The 14th-ranked Washington softball team (10-3) won two games Saturday in the opening day of the Husky Fever Classic. The Huskies, who were making their home debut, defeated Utah Valley State, 8-0, in six innings, and defeated Santa Clara, 4-3, in the nightcap. Utah Valley State topped Santa Clara, 4-1, in the first game of the day.
Washington tallied 18 hits in its two games, including seven for extra bases.
The Huskies sparked an 8-0 mercy-rule victory over Utah Valley State with a five-run fifth inning and an 11-strikeout performance by sophomore pitcher Caitlin Noble.
Washington got on the scoreboard in the third inning with a pair of hits. Freshman Marnie Koziol led off with a single to left field and stole second base. Sophomore Ashley Charters then singled to left field to score Koziol and put UW on top, 1-0.
The Huskies added another run in the fourth frame with a leadoff home run by Sarah Hyatt, her first of the season.
Washington broke the game wide open in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits. Dominique Lastrapes singled up the middle and Charters reached safely on a bunt single. Freshman Alicia Matthews followed with a single to second base to load the bases. Freshman Ashley Watson then belted a grand slam over the left field wall, marking her third home run of the season. Junior Dena Tyson kept the rally going with a walk and she moved to third on a single by freshman Brooke Woodward. Tyson scored on a wild pitch to give UW the 7-0 lead.
The Huskies put the game away in the sixth inning when Lastrapes reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a game-ending triple by Charters.
Noble (4-2) picked up the shutout victory as she held the Wolverines to three hits and struck out 11 for her second double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Holly Marlow (0-2) took the loss as she gave up eight runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts.
UVSC had runners in scoring position twice and left five runners on base. Chris Jimenez led off the game with a single and moved to third with a pair of steals but the Wolverines could not hit her in. Heidi Boyer reached second base in the fourth inning with a single up the middle and a walk but Noble struck out two of the next three batters to end the threat.
Washington defeated Santa Clara, 4-3, in the nightcap, scoring all four of its runs in the second inning with two outs. Tyson drew a leadoff walk and after a pair of UW strikeouts, Koziol singled to first base to extend her hitting streak to 12 games. Dena DePompa then reached on an error by the second baseman to load the bases. Lastrapes followed with a three-RBI double to centerfield and scored on an error.
The Broncos answered in the top of the third inning with two runs on two hits. Jenny Brown singled to right field and Jessica Clee reached on a fielder's choice that didn't result in an out. Shannon Linerud then tripled to left-center field to score two runs and cut Washington's lead to 4-2.
Santa Clara scored another run in the fifth with a solo home run by Clee over the centerfield wall.
The Broncos threatened to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning when Jillian Cassel hit a one-out double to left field but freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie struck out the next two batters to seal the UW victory.
Lawrie (6-1) earned the win as she scattered six hits and struck out 11. Jerrica Castagno (2-3) took the loss as she gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out five in five innings of work.
LINESCOREHusky Fever ClassicUtah Valley State 0, #14 Washington 8 (6 innings)Utah Valley State 000 000 - 0 3 0Washington 001 151 - 8 11 0Marlow and Zupan.Noble and Matthews.WP - Noble (4-2). LP - Marlow (0-2). T - 2:10. A - 515.
LINESCOREHusky Fever ClassicSanta Clara 3, #14 Washington 4Santa Clara 002 010 0 - 3 6 3Washington 040 000 0 - 4 7 1Castagno, Morales (6), Castagno (7) and Goethals.Lawrie and DePompa.WP - Lawrie (6-1). LP - Castagno (2-3). T - 1:44. A - 515.