Huskies Win Two Behind Seven Home Run Effort

March 10, 2006

FRESNO, Calif-- The 15th-ranked Washington softball team (17-6) hit seven home runs Friday to open the Fresno State Bulldog Classic with a pair of wins. The Huskies used four home runs to defeat San Diego, 15-4 in six innings, before belting three home runs in the nightcap to defeat #21 DePaul, 8-0 in five innings.

UW finished the day with 30 hits and a .500 team average. Fifteen of those hits were for extra bases, including seven doubles, a triple and seven home runs. No player hit worse than .333 on the day and the team averaged a 1.000 slugging percentage. Dominique Lastrapes led the offense with five hits and tied Sarah Hyatt for the team-lead with five RBIs.

The Huskies scored two runs vs. San Diego in the first inning with a two-RBI double by Hyatt. Lastrapes led off the game with an infield single and stole second base. Ashley Charters followed with a single to shallow left field and stole second base to put runners on second and third with no outs. Hyatt then laced a double into the left field corner to bring in Lastrapes and Charters and put UW on top, 2-0.

San Diego answered in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score at 2-2 with a two-RBI double by Gina McFarland. Nichole Valenzuela and Sara Masson kicked-off the inning with singles through the middle of the infield and moved to second and third on a passed ball. McFarland then hit a double to deep centerfield to score two.

The Toreros scored two more runs in the third inning to take the lead. Ashlee Nunes drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double to left centerfield by Kathleen Bonja. Masson followed with an RBI-double off the left field wall to score Masson and take the 4-2 lead.

Washington responded in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits. Marnie Koziol got the rally started with an infield single and scored on a triple by Charters that bounced into the right field corner. Hyatt followed with a home run to left centerfield to regain the lead, 5-4.

UW surged ahead in the fifth frame with three runs on two hits and a pair of walks. Dena DePompa led off with a home run to left center, marking the first home run of her career. Lauren Greer and Koziol drew back-to-back walks and advanced one base on a wild pitch by McFarland, the reliever. Lastrapes then singled to right field to score Greer and Koziol to give the Huskies the 8-4 cushion.

Washington put the game out of reach with a seven-run sixth inning. Dena Tyson led off with a double to left centerfield. After two UW outs, pinch hitter Aimee Minor was hit by a pitch. Greer followed with a two-RBI double to right center and she scored on a single up the middle by Koziol. Lastrapes walked and pinch hitter Brooke Woodward blasted her first career home run over the left field fence to score three more. San Diego re-entered Christina Haake, the starting pitcher, into the circle and Hyatt drilled the first offering over the centerfield fence to give Washington the 15-4 lead and eventual win.

Freshman hurler Danielle Lawrie (10-3) sat the Toreros down in order in the bottom of the sixth to seal the mercy-rule victory. She scattered four runs on six hits, while striking out six. Haake (2-3) took the loss for San Diego as she allowed eight runs on 11 hits with seven strikeouts. McFarland gave up seven runs on five hits with no strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work.

In the nightcap vs. DePaul, Charters hit her first home run of the season in the first inning to put the Huskies up 1-0.

Washington unloaded for six runs in the second frame on six hits, including home runs by Alicia Matthews and Lastrapes. Matthews opened the frame with her first collegiate home run. Greer followed with a walk and Koziol reached base on a bunt. Lastrapes then belted a three-run home run that cleared the right field bleachers. Charters kept the scoring frenzy alive with an infield single and she moved to third on a stolen base and a ground out. Ashlyn Watson singled home Charters and was replaced by Minor at first base. Caitlin Noble then doubled to the left field corner to score Minor and put the Dawgs up 7-0.

The Huskies scored an insurance run in the fourth with a leadoff single by Minor and an RBI-double by Noble.

Noble (10-3) earned the win for UW as she scattered four hits and struck out nine in five innings. Megan Huitnik (3-3) took the loss as she allowed seven runs on 10 hits in three innings.

Washington continues tournament action Saturday with games against Ball State (11 a.m.) and UCF (5 p.m.). Both games will be broadcast by KKNW-1150 AM and can be accessed online at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.

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