Huskies Defeat Nevada, 10-2

March 22, 2006

STOCKTON, Calif.-- The 13th-ranked Washington softball team (25-8) handed Nevada (11-18) a 10-2 loss Wednesday as the Huskies wrapped up their eight-day, two-city road trip to California. Washington finished the trip with an impressive 6-2 record, including wins over two top-10 teams.

The Huskies used 13 hits to run away with the win vs. Nevada. UW got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Ashley Charters led off with a single to right field, stole second and third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashlyn Watson.

Washington added another run in the third frame on two hits. Sarah Hyatt drew a four-pitch walk and moved to third on a Watson double down the left field line. Freshman Alicia Matthews then singled to centerfield to score Hyatt and put the Huskies on top, 6-0.

Washington put the game out of reach and threatened the mercy rule in the fourth inning with six runs on three hits. Brooke Woodward led off with a walk and back-to-back singles by Nicole Moojen and Lauren Greer loaded the bases. Marnie Koziol drove in one run with a fielder's choice that didn't result in an out and Hyatt walked to bring in another run. Matthews then belted her second career home run and first grand slam over the right field fence to give Washington the 8-0 lead.

Nevada responded in the bottom half of the inning with two runs to escape the mercy rule. Cindy Elkins led off with a double to right center and Brittany Lorenzen hit a home run over the left field fence to cut UW's lead to 8-2.

The Huskies put the game away in the seventh with a pair of runs on back-to-back RBI-singles by Charters and Greer.

Caitlin Noble (10-3) earned the win as she held Nevada to no runs on two hits with six strikeouts in four innings. Danielle Lawrie pitched three innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts.

Candice Rainwater (2-7) took the loss for Nevada as she gave up eight runs on eight hits with three strikeouts in four innings.

The Huskies return to Seattle to open the Pac-10 season next week when they host California and Stanford, March 31-April 2 at Husky Softball Stadium. Friday's game vs. the California Golden Bears is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

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