Softball Defeats CS Fullerton In Extra-Innings

March 18, 2006

FULLERTON, Calif.-- The 15th-ranked Washington softball team (22-7) won its third-straight game at the Judi Garman Classic with a 5-4 victory over host Cal State Fullerton (16-15) in nine innings. The Huskies took a four run lead into the seventh inning before giving up four runs to send the game into extra-innings. A fielder's choice by Ashley Charters in the ninth scored Marnie Koziol who began the inning on second base per the international tie-breaker rule to lift UW to victory.

Washington advances to the championship bracket semifinal vs. Texas A&M on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The Huskies jumped out to the 3-0 lead in the first inning with a three-run home run by freshman Ashlyn Watson. The blast to left field marked her fifth home run of the season. It scored Dominique Lastrapes and Charters who had reached base on back-to-back singles.

UW hurler Caitlin Noble kept the Titan hitters in check, striking out seven batters through the first three innings and not relinquishing a base hit until Ashley Van Boxmer led off the fourth with a single up the middle.

The Huskies added another run in the fifth inning. UW opened the frame with consecutive singles by Charters, Sarah Hyatt and Watson. Junior Dena Tyson then drew a full count walk to bring in Charters but UW stranded three runners when UCF ace Candice Baker got a fielder's choice and two strikeouts to end the threat.

Cal State Fullerton battled back to tie the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning on two hits and two errors. Katie Gollhardt was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning. Kiki Munoz followed with a double down the left line and the Titans loaded the bases with another hit-by-pitch. Marissa Marzan then drove a single into left field that got away from Koziol and rolled to the fence to score three runs. Molly Perez then laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first on a fielding error by Noble, which allowed Marzan to move to third base. Marzan scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 4-4 and UW brought in Danielle Lawrie to pitch. Lawrie got a ground out and two strikeouts to send the game into extra innings.

Neither team could score in the eighth but Washington was able to score one run in the ninth on Charter's single. Koziol started the frame on second base and moved to third on a single through the left side by Lastrapes. Charters then hit a ground ball to third base and Koziol slid under the tag at home to put the Huskies up, 5-4.

The Titans moved its runner to third in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice bunt but Lawrie recorded a strikeout and ground out to seal the Husky victory.

Lawrie (13-4) picked up the win as she held UCF to no hits over three innings with four strikeouts. Noble gave up four runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts in six innings.

Candice Baker (11-5) took the loss for Cal State Fullerton as she allowed five runs on 12 hits, while striking out 18.

The winner of Sunday's game between Washington and Texas A&M will face the winner of the Texas/Arizona game for the tournament championship at 1 p.m.

LINE SCOREJudi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.)#15 Washington 5, Cal State Fullerton 4 (9 innings)Washington	300 010 001 - 5  12  2CS Fullerton	000 000 400 - 4  4  0Noble, Lawrie (6) and Matthews, DePompa (6).Baker and Weatherford.WP- Lawrie (13-4). LP - Baker (11-5).

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