#9 Oregon State Blanks #14 Huskies, 5-0
April 23, 2006
SEATTLE-- No. 14 Washington softball out hit No. 9 Oregon State, 7-6, Sunday but stranded seven base runners as the Beavers shutout the Huskies 5-0 at Husky Softball Stadium. It marked Washington's second straight loss to the Beavers as the Huskies left 16 runners on base over the two-game series. The loss bumps UW to 29-15 overall and 3-7 in the Pac-10, marking Washington's slowest start in league play since opening the 1993 and 1995 seasons 2-8. Oregon State improves to 33-7 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10.
OSU started out hot with a leadoff double by Cambria Miranda, a sacrifice bunt and a RBI-single to right-centerfield by Adrienne Alo to trigger a Washington pitching change. Sophomore Caitlin Noble came to relieve freshman Danielle Lawrie and got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Washington threatened in the third inning with leadoff singles by Nicole Moojen and Dominique Lastrapes and a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Charters put two runners in scoring position. Oregon State was able to turn a double play on a ground ball to second base to get out of the jam.
The Beavers tacked on another run in the fourth frame with a solo home run by Brianne McGowan that hit the top of the Huskies' scoreboard in dead centerfield as OSU took the 2-0 lead.
Oregon State scored three more runs in the fifth inning on just one hit. Sherina Galvan drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Maggie DeWall then reached base on a fielding error by Moojen at shortstop and Galvan advanced to third on the play. Miranda then belted a home run over the left field wall, her second in as many days vs. the Huskies, to put the Beavers on top 5-0.
Washington tried to put a rally together in the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff single by pinch hitter Torie Coury off of relief pitch Ta'Tyana McElroy but Moojen hit into a 4-6-3 double play for two quick outs. Lastrapes followed with a double off the right field wall but the Huskies couldn't find a way to bring her in.
Washington stranded two more base runners in the sixth after Dena Tyson was hit by a pitch and Brooke Woodward hit her second single of the day but a ground out to the first baseman left the Huskies empty handed.
UW went quietly in the seventh as McElroy recorded her second save in as many days. McGowan (21-4) earned the win as she held Washington to no runs on four hits over four innings with six strikeouts. McElroy allowed no runs and three hits in three innings of work with one strikeout to end the game.
Lawrie (17-10) took the loss as she allowed one run on two hits in one-third innings. Noble allowed four runs on four hits and struck out seven in 6.2 innings of relief.
Washington hits the road for two mid-week games at #1 UCLA on Wednesday, April 26. The teams will resume their halted game from April 15 at noon before playing the third and final game of the series at 2 p.m. The halted game has no score through two innings.
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