Noble throws one-hitter in 8-0 win over UCF

March 12, 2006

FRESNO, Calif.-- Sophomore Caitlin Noble threw a one-hitter against UCF Sunday as the 15th-ranked Washington softball team (19-6) defeated the Golden Knights 8-0 in five innings at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic. The Huskies finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark, joining 25th-ranked Fresno State and sixth-ranked Oregon State as the tournaments only undefeated teams.

The Huskies finished the Bulldog Classic with a .444 (37-for-99) team average, including 19 extra-base hits. Sophomore Dominique Lastrapes was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .583 (7-for-12) with seven RBIs and five runs scored. Also named to the all-tournament team were Abby Gross (Ball State), Allison Kime (UCF), Jessica Evans (DePaul), Merryann Barr (Fresno State), Brianne McGowan (Oregon State) and Nichole Valenzuela (San Diego).

Washington jumped out to a one-run lead in the top of the first inning. Lastrapes led off with a double to centerfield and moved to third on an infield single by Ashley Charters. Senior Sarah Hyatt then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Lastrapes and put the Dawgs on top, 1-0.

UW scored two more runs in the second inning on two hits. Noble drew a leadoff walk and Alicia Matthews was hit by a pitch. Marnie Koziol moved the runners to second and third with a single to shallow centerfield and Lastrapes singled up the middle to score two.

The Huskies added another run in the third frame on two hits. Junior Dena Tyson singled to centerfield and moved to second on a walk to senior Aimee Minor. Tyson moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a fielder's choice by Dena DePompa to give Washington the 4-0 lead.

UW put the game out of reach in the fourth inning with a two-out grand slam by Minor. Charters sparked the rally with a single up the middle and Washington loaded the bases with walks to Hyatt and Tyson. Minor then belted her first home run of the season and third career grand slam into the left field bleachers to give the Huskies the eight-run lead to trigger the mercy-rule.

Noble took a no hitter into the top of the fifth inning before giving up a one-out single to slap hitter Cici Alvarez that bounced just over Noble's head. Noble used a strikeout and ground out to close out the game.

Noble (8-3) earned the win, earning her fifth shutout of the season on one hit and nine strikeouts. Magon Paul (1-5) took the loss for UCF, giving up one run on two hits in the first inning.

Washington returns to action next week when it competes in the Judy Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., Mar. 16-19.

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