Softball Tops #9 Michigan
March 17, 2006
SEATTLE-- Despite pouring rain, the 14th-ranked Washington softball team (20-7) tallied 11 hits to defeat ninth-ranked Michigan (11-8), 7-5, Friday at the Judi Garman Classic. The game featured a rematch of last year's Ann Arbor Super Regional where Washington fell on the short side of a three-game series to just miss out on advancing to the program's eighth Women's College World Series. Michigan went on to win the national championship.
With the victory, the Huskies improve to 4-4 against teams ranked in the top-25 and 2-1 against teams ranked in the top-15.
After a 34 minute rain delay, Washington posted two runs in the third frame on three hits. Ashley Charters led off with a single to right-centerfield and scored on a two-run home run by senior Sarah Hyatt. The blast to left field marked the fifth home run of the season for Hyatt and 39th of her career, which ranks fourth on the Washington all-time chart.
Michigan showed some life in the fourth, scoring one run on one hit. Allison Kidman walked and scored on a two-out single by Tiffany Haas to left field to cut Washington's lead to 3-1.
UW responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning on four hits. Freshman Alicia Matthews led off with a double into the right field corner. Charters walked and made a delayed steal that drew a throw and got passed shortstop Teddi Ewing to score Matthews. Hyatt walked and freshman Ashlyn Watson followed with a three-run home run over the left-centerfield fence to put Washington top, 7-1. It marked Watson's fourth home run of the season.
The Wolverines scored another run in the fifth inning with a leadoff solo home run by Stephanie Bercaw and score three more in the sixth on just two hits.
Ewing led off with a single to second base and moved to third base on a double by Rebekah Milian that went into the right field corner. UW starter Caitlin Noble struggled to find the strike zone, walking the next three batters to bring in a run. Washington brought in freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie with no outs and the bases loaded. Samantha Findlay hit a sacrifice fly into centerfield before Lawrie got a strikeout and ground out to get out of the jam.
Lawrie faced four batters in the seventh to close out the game and pick up her second save of the season. Noble (9-3) earned the win as she allowed five runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in five innings.
Lorilyn Wilson (3-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings with five strikeouts.
Tonight's game vs. Louisiana-Lafayette has been postponed until tomorrow due to rain. Game times for Saturday have not been set.