Huskies' Rally Falls Short Vs. #9 Oregon State

April 22, 2006

SEATTLE-- No. 14 Washington (29-14, 3-6 Pac-10) nearly pulled off an upset against ninth-ranked Oregon State (32-7, 4-4 Pac-10) Saturday when the Huskies scored two runs in the seventh inning only to have the would-be tying run thrown out at home to end the game and give OSU the 3-2 victory. Washington had 1,138 fans on hand for the thriller as the Huskies' athletic department celebrated Spring Fling.

The Huskies out hit the Beavers, 9-4, made just one error to OSU's three miscues and struck out nine batters vs. six for Oregon State but couldn't pull off the win. Washington stranded nine base runners on the day, while OSU left two.

The Beavers got on the scoreboard in the third inning with some strong hitting by Cambria Miranda. UW hurler Danielle Lawrie recorded a strikeout for the first out of the inning but then hit Maggie DeWall with a pitch. Miranda then belted a home run out of the ballpark but DeWall was called out on the play for leaving first base early and Miranda had to return to the plate. Two pitches later, Miranda connected for a line drive home run over the left-centerfield wall to put the Beavers on top, 1-0.

The Huskies looked to answer in the bottom half of the frame when they loaded the bases on an error, a walk and a single by Ashley Charters but Sarah Hyatt flew out to left field to end the inning.

Lawrie wouldn't allow another hit until the sixth inning when OSU strung three together to score two runs. DeWall led off with a single up the middle and Miranda followed with a single to centerfield. Mia Longfellow flew out to deep centerfield and DeWall was able to advance to third on the play. Miranda then stole second base to put two runners in scoring position to bring up one of OSU's most dangerous hitters, pitcher Brianne McGowan. McGowan singled down the left field line out, just of reach of Haytt who dove on the play, and two runs scored to give Oregon State the 3-0 lead.

The Beavers brought in reliever Ta'Tyana McElroy in the bottom of the seventh inning with a three-run cushion. Sophomore Lauren Greer led off with a double to right centerfield and was sacrificed to second base by All-American Dominique Lastrapes. Charters then slapped a high chopper to shortstop for an RBI-single to give Washington their first run of the day. Hyatt lined out to the third baseman but Aimee Minor drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs. Junior Dena Tyson then ripped a single into right-centerfield, which scored Charters but Minor was thrown out at home on a bang-bang play to end the game.

Lawrie (17-9) took the loss as she allowed three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts. McGowan (20-4) earned the win as she held UW to no runs and six hits over six innings of work with six strikeouts. McElroy picked up her first save of the season, despite allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of relief.

Charters, Tyson and Lawrie each had two hits in the game. Lawrie's nine strikeouts brings her season total to 250, which ties All-American Jennifer Spediacci (1999) for the No. 4 spot on the UW all-time single-season strikeout list. Lawrie is 10 strikeouts away from the No. 3 spot held by All-America Tia Bollinger (2001).

The Huskies will have another shot at Oregon State Sunday when they host the Beavers in a 1 p.m. game to close out the weekend series.

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