Huskies Drop 13-Inning Heartbreaker To No. 8 ASU

April 9, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz-- Arizona State's Rhiannon Baca hit a one out single to left field to score Bridgette Caron in the bottom of the 13th inning as the No. 8 Sun Devil softball team defeated the No. 14 Washington Huskies, 5-4. The game marked the second extra inning contest is as many days between the teams and the fourth extra-inning affair for the Dawgs this season. It also marked Washington's first extra-inning loss as the team falls to 28-12 on the season and 2-4 in the Pac-10. Arizona State improves to 38-5 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10.

Washington struck first, posting two runs in the third inning on a two-RBI single by senior Sarah Hyatt. The hit scored Lauren Greer and Ashley Charters who had reached base on a walk and a single.

The Sun Devils answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run by Baca. The hit scored Jackie Vasquez who had reached base on a throwing error by catcher Alicia Matthews.

The Huskies posted two more runs in the sixth inning when Greer hit her second home run in as many days. The blast to right field scored Nicole Moojen who had walked to put Washington ahead 4-2.

ASU chipped at the UW lead when Mindy Cowles scored on a sixth inning fielder's choice and the Sun Devils forced the game into extra innings with an RBI-single by Jen McCard in the bottom of the seventh.

Neither team could score through the 12th inning, despite numerous base runners. Baca sealed the ASU victory in the bottom of the 13th with a single over left fielder Jacki Hansen's head. Hansen was playing shallow as the bases were loaded with just one out.

Freshman Danielle Lawrie (16-8) took the loss as she allowed two runs on nine hits over eight innings of relief with one strikeout. Katie Burkhart (17-3) picked up her second straight win against the Huskies as she allowed no runs on no hits in six innings of relief and struck out five.

Dominique Lastrapes, Charters, Hyatt and Matthews each record two hits in the game, while Baca tallied three hits with three RBIs for the Sun Devils.

Each team stranded 13 base runners on the day.

Washington resumes Pac-10 play next weekend when it hosts No. 3 UCLA on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Friday's game will be broadcast by FSN on a tape-delayed basis and will air nationally.