Softball Hosts Oregon & Oregon St.
April 19, 2006
UP NEXT: The No. 14 Washington Huskies (28-13, 2-5 Pac-10) continue their two-week home stand when they host Oregon and No. 9 Oregon State, April 21-23. Washington will square-off against the Oregon Ducks (19-13, 1-3 Pac-10) on Friday at 1 p.m., before taking on the OSU Beavers (29-6, 2-4 Pac-10) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will be broadcast live by FSN Northwest. Matt Morrison will call play-by-play, while former Husky, Angie Mentink, will provide color commentary.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington lost to top-ranked UCLA, 6-0, last Friday in a nationally televised game by FSN. Saturday's game was halted after the second inning due to heavy rain and hail and will resume when UW plays at UCLA on April 26 at noon. Neither team has scored in the game.
SCOUTING OREGON (19-13, 1-3 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the series 33-12.
2005 Series: Washington went 3-1 against Oregon last season, including a 2-1 mark in conference play. The Huskies defeated the Ducks, 6-0, on Feb. 6 during the opening week of the season. UW made its conference debut vs. Oregon in Eugene on April 1 and won 4-3. The teams split in Seattle with Oregon winning 3-0 on May 13 and Washington taking the 7-1 victory on May 14.
Notes: The Ducks have missed five Pac-10 games this month because of rain. The team is led by a trio of hitters with .300-plus averages, including Breanne Sabol (.356), Kayleen Hudson (.354) and Suzie Barnes (.321). Sabol leads the team with 26 RBIs, while Hudson has driven in 16 runs. Amy Harris headlines the pitching staff with an 8-4 record and 1.57 earned run average, while Melissa Rice has a 6-3 record and 2.11 ERA.
SCOUTING NO. 9 OREGON STATE (29-6, 2-4 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the series 37-10.
2005 Series: The Beavers won the 2005 series, 2-1, after winning both games in Corvallis. OSU won the opener, 3-7, before shutting out the Huskies, 9-0. Washington won the final game of the series in Seattle, 9-0.
Notes: Oregon State leads the conference with a .324 team batting average and has four players with averages above .350. Newcomer DeAnn Young leads the Beaver's offensive effort with a .386 average, including seven home runs and a .716 slugging percentage. Mia Longfellow boasts a .383 average, followed by Brianne McGowan with a .363 clip and Adrienne Alo with a .360 average. Alo leads the team with 31 RBIs, while Longfellow's 12 doubles lead the Pac-10. McGowan also headlines the pitching staff with a 17-4 record and 1.40 earned run average, while Ta'Tyana McElroy has a 12-2 record and 2.41 ERA. OSU has had five games rained out this month, including three Pac-10 games.
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 CONFERENCE 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 (1.37) and second-most strikeouts (78) in seven conference games. They are also tied for second in the Pac-10 for least number of earned runs (11) and home runs (three) in conference play. Lawrie ranks second in conference games with a 0.22 earned run average. She has given up just one earned run in five appearances.
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 17 games against top-25 teams this season and have a 7-10 record. Arizona, who has played 21 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 4-6 against top-10 teams and 1-3 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 .429, .389 and .356 averages, respectively. Charters has the third-highest average in the conference, while Lastrapes ranks eighth.
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 third 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 and 68 strikeouts looking. She also ranks third with 20 starts, fifth with 227 strikeouts and sixth with 16 wins.
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 19). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 162 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. 18).
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.