Huskies Defeat No. 8 Arizona State, 3-1, In 11 Innings

April 9, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz.-- Sophomore Lauren Greer and junior Dominique Lastrapes hit back-to-back lead off home runs in the 11th-inning to lift No. 14 Washington softball to the 3-1 victory over No. 8 Arizona State Saturday in front of 1,317 fans at Farington Stadium. The victory lifts the Huskies to 28-11 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 37-5 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10.

Washington and ASU were in the midst of a pitcher's duel as Huskies Caitlin Noble and Danielle Lawrie combined for 19 strikeouts and Sun Devil Katie Burkhart struck out 23 to tie for fifth on the NCAA all-time list for most strikeouts in a game.

Arizona State posted one run in the bottom of the first inning on just one hit. Noble got two quick outs with a fly ball to centerfield and an unsuccessful bunt but struggled to find the strike zone, walking two and hitting Rhiannon Baca with a pitch to load the bases. Ashley Werschky the hit a hard come-backer to the circle that Noble couldn't glove and Kaitlin Cochran scored on the play. Noble caught Kristen Miller looking at strikeouts to get out of the inning.

Lawrie came into pitch in the fourth inning and helped her own cause in the fifth with her first career home run to tie the score, 1-1.

The score remained the same until the 11th inning when Greer took Burkhart's first offering and hit her first home run of the season over the right field fence. Lastrapes followed with her fourth home run of the season, which cleared the secondary fence of the stadium.

Lawrie closed out the game with two strikeouts and a ground out to pick up her 16th win of the season. She held the Sun Devils to four runs and struck out 13 in eight innings.

Burkhart (16-1) took the loss as she gave up three runs on six hits and struck out 23.

Arizona State stranded 13 base runners on the night, while Washington left six.

The Huskies and Sun Devils will close out the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. game.

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