Softball Splits Again In Waco

March 4, 2006

WACO, Texas-- The 13th-ranked Washington softball team avenged an earlier loss to Mississippi State Saturday with a 8-1 victory at the Compass Invitational in Waco, Texas. The Huskies lost a heartbreaker to #18 Baylor in the nightcap, giving up four runs in the sixth inning to lose 6-5.

Washington scored two runs in four different innings to cruise to the 8-1 win over Mississippi, after falling to the Bulldogs yesterday, 3-0. Freshman Danielle Lawrie (9-1) evened the score against MSU, giving up just one run on three hits, while striking out six.

The Huskies struck first, posting two runs in the first inning. Dominique Lastrapes led off with a triple and scored on a triple by Ashley Charters. Charters scored on a fielding error by MSU third baseman Michelle Kinney to take the 2-0 lead.

UW put two more runs on the scoreboard in the third inning with a two-run home run by junior Dena Tyson, but the Bulldogs responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame with a walk and triple by Haylee Guess to make the score 4-1.

The Huskies scored two more runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and an RBI-single by Charters, and two more in the sixth with an RBI-single by Lastrapes and fielder's choice RBI by Charters.

In the nightcap vs. Baylor, Washington got on the scoreboard first, scoring three runs in the third inning. Alicia Matthews singled up the middle and scored on Marnie Koziol single and an error by the centerfielder. Charters kept the rally going with a bunt single and Sarah Hyatt singled through the left side to score Koziol and Charters and put the Huskies on top, 3-0.

The Bears responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning, using an RBI-double by Lauren Parker and another in the fifth with an RBI-single by Tessa Lynam to cut UW's lead to 3-2.

The Huskies posted a run in the sixth but the Bears posted four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the 5-4 lead. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases, Miriam Romero made the score 4-3 when she scored on a wild pitch with one out. Reagan then gave Baylor the lead as she drilled a 3-0 pitch up the middle, scoring Harmony Schwethelm and Kelly Osburn.

Chelsi Lake finished off the scoring in the inning when she added an insurance run when she singled up the middle to score Reagan as the Bears took a 6-4 lead heading into the seventh.Washington battled, scoring one run in the seventh and had a chance to tie the game when the Huskies had runners on first and second with two outs; however, Baylor second baseman Kylie Conroy made a diving catch on Caitlin Noble's line drive to preserve Baylor's third win over a ranked team this season.Lynam picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season after recording the final two outs of the sixth inning.Ferguson picked up her first save of the season after recording the final three outs; and, for the contest, allowed four runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work.Lawrie took the loss for Washington after allowing two runs on four hits in 0.2 innings of work to fall to 9-2 on the season.

The Huskies close out the Compass Invitational Sunday with games vs. Bowling Green and Baylor to finish up round robin tournament.

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