Huskies Host #1 UCLA
April 12, 2006
UP NEXT: The No. 14/14 (ESPN.com/NFCA) Washington Huskies host top-ranked UCLA this week. The teams square-off on Friday at 3 p.m. in a nationally televised game on FSN. Jim Watson will call play-by-play, while former Husky Angie Mentink will provide color commentary. Saturday's game is slated for a 2 p.m. start. Both games will be broadcast by KKNW 1150 AM radio.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington went 1-2 on the road over the weekend and is three games out of first place in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-4 record. The Huskies lost to No. 2 Arizona, 1-0, on an unearned run, and split a pair of extra-inning nail biters at No. 8 Arizona State. Washington won the first game vs. the Sun Devils, 3-1, in 11 innings on a home run by Lauren Greer, and lost Sunday's game, 5-4, in 13 innings.
SCOUTING NO. 1 UCLA (33-3, 5-1 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Bruins lead the all-time series, 34-18.
2005 Series: Washington won the series vs. UCLA last season, 2-1. The teams split in Westwood with the Bruins winning the opener 4-3 and Washington winning the next day 2-1. The Huskies won the series for the second straight year with a 3-2 victory in Seattle.
Notes: The Bruins are in first place of the Pac-10 standings after winning all three of their games in Arizona last week. UCLA defeated Arizona State, 7-4, and Arizona 2-1 and 8-3. The team is led by Jodie Legaspi with a .355 average and National Player of the Week, Andrea Duran, with a .347 average. Legaspi and Krista Colburn are tied for the team lead with 26 RBIs, while Duran leads the team with 10 home runs and has 25 RBIs. Sophomore Anjelica Selden headlines the pitching staff with a 19-2 record and 0.77 earned run average, while Lisa Dodd boasts a 14-1 record and 1.64 ERA. The Bruins are hitting .301 as a team and hold their opponents to a .161 clip. UCLA is also out scoring its opponents 195-55.
HUSKIES ON THE TUBE: Three Washington softball games have been picked up by FSN, including April 1 vs. Stanford, April 14 vs. UCLA and April 22 vs. Oregon State. All three games will take place at Husky Softball Stadium. The April 1 and 22 games will broadcast live regionally, while the April 14 match-up vs. UCLA will air nationally on a tape-delayed basis.
HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, will carry 10 Husky softball games during the regular season and will carry all postseason games. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his ninth season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers color commentary for his sixth season with the Dawgs. All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Broadcasts are set for the following dates: March 10-12 (Fresno State Bulldog Classic), April 14-15 (UCLA) and April 28-30 (ASU/Arizona).
UW PITCHERS EXCEL IN CONFERNCE PLAY: UW hurlers Caitlin Noble and Danielle Lawrie have combined for some of the best numbers in Pac-10 play this season. The pair has posted the league's lowest earned run average (0.85) and most strikeouts (73) in six conference games. They are also tied for the Pac-10 lead for least number of earned runs (six) and home runs (two) in conference play.
GREER'S GREATNESS SHOWS IN PAC-10 GAMES: Sophomore Lauren Greer leads the Huskies with a .417 average in Pac-10 games, which ranks third in the conference. She also leads the team with five RBIs, two home runs, a 1.000 slugging percentage and .462 on-base percentage in Pac-10 games. Greer hit the game-winning home run against Arizona State in the 11th inning last Saturday and homered against the Sun Devils again on Sunday.
LAWRIE APPROACHES TOP-5 STRIKEOUT LIST: Freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie has struck out 227 batters this season and is nine strikeouts away from tying Caitlin Noble (236, 2005) for the No. 5 spot on the UW single-season list. Lawrie is 23 strikeouts away for the No. 4 spot, held by Jennifer Spediacci (250, 1999).
PLAY THE BEST TO BE THE BEST: The Huskies have played 16 games against top-25 teams this season and have a 7-9 record. Arizona, who has played 19 games against top-25 teams, is the only team in the Pac-10 to have played more ranked opponents than the Huskies. Washington has tallied four wins over top-10 opponents, including No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Huskies are 4-5 against top-10 teams and 1-2 against top-5 teams.
KOZIOL COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Freshman Marnie Koziol leads the Huskies with a .460 (23-for-50) average with runners on base and a .485 (16-for-33) average with runners in scoring position.
LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Washington freshman Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 28-Apr. 3. Lawrie went 1-1 over the weekend with a tough 1-0 loss to Stanford on Saturday, despite allowing no earned runs. She struck out 12 batters in the complete game loss, allowing only three hits. In a six-inning, 8-0 run rule victory over the Cardinal on Sunday, Lawrie struck out 12 and allowed six hits, four of which were bunts. Stanford had not suffered a run-rule loss since May 1, 2005, and had not lost by more than three runs all season. She amassed a perfect 0.00 ERA and struck out 10 batters looking over the weekend.
FASTEST TO 200: Freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie struck out 24 batters in two appearances against Stanford, April 1-2 to become the fastest pitcher in UW history to amass 200 strikeouts. Lawrie picked up her 200th strikeout in 134.2 innings. Sophomore Caitlin Noble had set the record last season, needing 138.1 innings to pick up 200 strikeouts. Two-time All-American Jennifer Spediacci, the only Husky to tally 200 strikeouts in three different seasons, ranks third on that list with 200 strikeouts in 148 innings in 2000.
MINOR CLIMBS HOME RUN CHART: Senior Aimee Minor hit her second home run of the season and 27th of her career on April 2 vs. Stanford. The blast moved her up one spot on the UW all-time list, tying her with All-Americans Sara Pickering and Jenny Topping for the No. 6 spot on the career chart.
TRIPLE-DOUBLE: Freshman Alicia Matthews belted three consecutive doubles vs. Stanford on April 2, tying the school record for most doubles in a single game. Matthews is in good company as she shares the record with All-Americans Jenny Topping and Michelle Church. Topping hit three doubles vs. South Florida on Feb. 18, 2000, while Church hit three doubles vs. Stanford on April 30, 1993.HYATT HITS THEM IN: Senior Sarah Hyatt leads the team with 34 RBIs and has moved into the No. 8 spot on the UW all-time list with 146 career RBIs. Hyatt is five RBIs away from tying Kim DePaul for the No. 7 spot (151, 1998-01) and 14 away from the No. 6 spot held by All-American Becky Newbry (160, 1996-99). Hyatt's 34 RBIs this season rank fourth in the Pac-10.
HYATT HOMERS: Senior Sarah Hyatt leads the team with six home runs this season to bring her career total to 40 home runs, which ranks fourth on the Huskies' all-time chart. Hyatt is three home runs away from tying All-American Jennifer Cline for the No. 3 spot (43, 1993-96). It's unlikely she can catch up to the top two spots, held by All-Americans Kristen Rivera (79, 2002-05) and Jaime Clark (73, 2000-03).
GRAND OLE TIME: Three Washington players have hit grand slams this season, including senior Aimee Minor and freshmen Ashlyn Watson and Alicia Matthews. Minor belted her third career grand slam vs. UCF on March 12. Watson hit a grand slam vs. Utah Valley State on Feb. 25 and Matthews hit a grand slam vs. Nevada on Mar. 22. Washington players have hit 28 grand slams in the program's 14 years. Kathy Fiske (2002-05) holds the school record with five career grand slams, followed by Jenny Topping with four (2000) and Kim DePaul (1998-2001) and Minor with three apiece.
'PITCHER' PERFECT: Freshman Danielle Lawrie threw a six-inning perfect game Feb. 26 vs. Utah Valley State, becoming just the third Husky to accomplish the feat. She notched a strikeout and two ground outs in the first inning before striking out the next 14 batters faced, sitting the Wolverines down in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Lawrie opened the sixth frame with two strikeouts before a foul out to the catcher ended the inning. The perfect game marked the first since Jamie Graves did it vs. Arizona State in a 3-0 victory on May 9, 1998. Nancy Wagner had Washington's first-ever perfect game on April 26, 1994 vs. Simon Fraser. The Huskies won that game 11-0 in five innings.
LEFTIES LEAD HUSKIES OFFENSE: Left-handed hitters Ashley Charters, Dominique Lastrapes and Marnie Koziol headline the UW offense with .438, .387, .356 averages, respectively. Charters has the third-highest average in the conference, while Lastrapes ranks ninth.
TYSON DOUBLES THE PLEASURE: Junior Dena Tyson has made quiet a return to the Huskies' lineup after missing the 2005 season with a shoulder injury. Eleven of Tyson's 25 hits this season have been doubles, which ranks second in the Pac-10. She also ranks second on the team with 18 walks, behind Sarah Hyatt with 19.
FANNING THE COMPETITION: Freshman Danielle Lawrie has struck out 15 batters three times this season. She fanned 15 in seven innings vs. Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 18, 15 in six innings vs. Utah Valley State on Feb. 26 and 15 in nine innings vs. Pacific (Mar. 21), falling one strikeout shy of the UW record. Lawrie has posted double-figure strikeouts nine times this season, which ranks sixth in the conference. Last season, Caitlin Noble set the strikeout record with 16 vs. Willamette in six innings.
LAWRIE AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Danielle Lawrie ranks second in the league with 156.1 innings pitched, 68 strikeouts looking and 20 starts. She also ranks third in strikeouts (227), sixth in wins (16), ninth in opponent batting average (.190) and 10th in earned run average (1.48).
NOBLE THROWS ONE-HITTER: Sophomore Caitlin Noble narrowly missed out on her second career no-hitter Mar. 12 when she gave up one run vs. UCF in a five-inning mercy-rule victory at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic. Noble held the Golden Knights hitless until through 4.1 innings before Cici Alvarez hit a high chopper over Noble's head. Noble tossed a no-hitter last season vs. Kansas on Feb. 26, 2005, becoming just the third UW freshman to do so.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies held onto their No. 14 ranking in the most recent USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (April 12). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 161 datings. Washington's streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also included smaller streaks of 66 straight top-six rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 69 consecutive poll datings in the top-10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01). Washington also maintained its No. 14 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (Apr. 11).
TWO HUSKIES NAMED TO POTY WATCH LIST: Washington junior Dominique Lastrapes and freshman Danielle Lawrie are among 50 Division I players named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. Lastrapes is named to the list for the second consecutive year, while Lawrie is the only freshman on the list. The award, given out by the Amateur Softball Association, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country, and is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden and two-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman.
Aimee Minor DRAFTED INTO THE NPF SENIOR DRAFT: Aimee Minor has been drafted by the Connecticut Brakettes in the second round of the 2006 Senior College Player Selections. Minor is one of 30 athletes selected by seven National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) teams over four rounds. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2006 college season is finished. Senior selection rights expire August 31, 2006.
BULLDOG CLASSIC RECAP: The Huskies went 4-0 at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif. Mar. 10-12. UW tallied wins over San Diego (15-4), #21 DePaul (8-0), Ball State (6-4) and UCF (8-0). Sophomore Caitlin Noble posted a pair of shutouts, including a one-hitter vs. UCF. She had 18 strikeouts in 10 innings. The Huskies hit .444 as a team (44-for-99), including 19 extra-base hits (nine doubles, a triple and nine home runs). Ashley Charters hit .615 (8-for-16) with five RBIs and six runs scored. Dominique Lastrapes, who earned All-Tournament honors, hit .583 (7-for-12) with seven RBIs and five runs scored.
COMPASS INVITATIONAL RECAP: The Huskies went 3-3 at the Compass Invitational in Waco, Texas, Mar. 3-5, going 1-1 against each of the three tournament teams (Bowling Green, Mississippi State and Baylor). UW's Ashley Charters, Dena Tyson and Dominique Lastrapes were named to the all-tournament team. Charter's led the team with a .474 average (9-for-19) with two triples and was 6-for-6 in stolen bases. Tyson led the team with five RBIs and hit .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, while Lastrapes also hit .333 (7-for-21).
HUSKY FEVER CLASSIC RECAP: The Huskies swept the field at the Husky Fever Classic, notching two wins over both Utah Valley State and Santa Clara. Three of the victories were via the mercy-rule including an 8-0, six-inning decision over UVSC on Feb. 25 and an 8-0, six-inning perfect game by Danielle Lawrie over UVSC on Feb. 26. The Huskies defeated Santa Clara 4-3 on Feb. 25 and 14-3 in five innings on Feb. 26. Dena Tyson led UW with a .667 average (6-for-9), including four doubles and four RBIs. Dominique Lastrapes hit .583 (7-for-12) with eight runs and six RBIs, while Ashley Charters hit .500 (7-for-14) with four RBIs. Lawrie finished the weekend with a 2-0 mark and had 26 strikeouts in 13 innings.
LSU TIGER CLASSIC RECAP: Washington went 4-2 at the LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La., defeating Eastern Michigan (9-0), Western Kentucky (7-0) and Mississippi Valley State (3-0), before falling to LSU (2-0) to round out pool play. Washington defeated Western Michigan, 1-0, in the tournament semifinal and lost to LSU in the championship, 4-0. Three Huskies were named to the all-tournament team, including Ashley Charters, Sarah Hyatt and Danielle Lawrie. Charters led the team with a .471 average, eight hits and four runs. Hyatt hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and five RBIs. Lawrie went 2-1 from the circle with a pair of shutouts and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
UNLV ALEXIS RESORT KICKOFF RECAP: Washington battled back from a season-opening loss to Kentucky (6-1) Feb. 9 to win its next four games to capture the UNLV Alexis Resort Kickoff Classic title. The Huskies defeated then-No. 12/13 Oklahoma, 12-4, in five innings and topped Illinois-Chicago, 5-1, Long Beach State, 5-2, and host UNLV, 3-1. Washington and Oklahoma both finished the tournament with 4-1 records but UW earned the tourney title after defeating Oklahoma head-to-head. The Huskies are now 11-3 all-time in season openers and 54-15 in season-opening multiple-team tournaments.
UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches. Head coach Heather Tarr, who begins her second season at the helm of the UW program, returns seven starters for the 2006 campaign, including five All-Pac-10 players. The Huskies finished sixth in the conference last season with a 10-11 record after four teams tied for first place with 13-8 records. UCLA (49 points) was picked to finish first, followed by Arizona (41), Stanford (37), California (27), Oregon State (26), UW (23), Arizona State (12) and Oregon (9).
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 16-player Washington roster includes nine returning letterwinners and seven returning starters. The 2006 team is comprised of two seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. Seven players hail from Washington, seven from California, one from Oregon and one from British Columbia.
HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington player, embarks on her second season at the helm of the Husky Softball team. In her first year, Tarr led Washington to the Super Regional where the Huskies fell one game short of advancing to the program's eighth Women's College World Series. Seven Huskies earned All-Pac-10 honors, including Kristen Rivera, who was the Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year. Three Washington players earned All-Pacific Region honors and three were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. The Huskies tallied 13 wins over top-25 opponents, including No. 1 Michigan, No. 3 California and No. 4 Stanford. Tarr has a 62-34 career record at Washington.