Softball Defeats Portland State 4-2

April 5, 2006

SEATTLE-- The 14th-ranked Washington softball team defeated Portland State, 4-2, Wednesday in its last non-conference game of the regular season. The Huskies improve to 27-10 overall, while the Vikings drop to 19-11.

Washington took the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with just one hit. Dominique Lastrapes was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning and was sacrificed to second base by Ashley Charters. Senior Sarah Hyatt then drove a double into right centerfield to score Lastrapes. Aimee Minor was hit by a pitch and Dena Tyson walked to load the bases. Lauren Greer then hit a slow roller to the pitcher and Hyatt was able to beat the throw to home to put UW on top, 2-0.

The Huskies posted another run in the third frame with a solo home run by Tyson. The blast to centerfield, marked the fifth home run of the season for Tyson.

The Vikings answered in the top of the fourth with one run on one hit. Jackie Heide walked and moved to second base on an illegal pitch. Katie Stokes then recorded the first hit of the day for PSU with an RBI-single to left center to cut Washington's lead to 3-1.

UW posted another run in the bottom of the fourth on two hits and an error. Marnie Koziol led off with a single to the pitcher. Lastrapes followed with a single to the shortstop and Koziol moved to third on a throwing error by shortstop Lacey Gorman. Minor followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Koziol as the Huskies took the 4-1 lead.

Portland State rallied in the seventh inning to score one run on back-to-back singles by Jamee Rauch and Jenny Shollenberger but Caitlin Noble closed out the game with her 10th strikeout.

Noble (12-4) picked up the victory as she held PSU to four hits and recorded her seventh double-figure strikeout game of the season. Michelle Hext (7-6) took the loss as she allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out five.

Washington resumes Pac-10 action this Friday when it faces No. 2 Arizona in Tucson at 7 p.m. The Huskies will then take on No. 8 Arizona State on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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