Huskies Open Five-Game Week At UCLA
April 25, 2006
UP NEXT: The No. 15/14 (ESPN/NFCA polls) Washington Huskies (29-15, 3-7 Pac-10) open a five-game week at No. 1 UCLA (36-4, 8-2 Pac-10) on Wednesday, April 26. The Huskies and Bruins will finish their halted game from April 15 on Wednesday at noon before rounding out the three-game series at 2 p.m. The halted game will resume with no score in the top of the third inning. Washington returns to Seattle to host No. 8/7 Arizona State (41-7, 5-4 Pac-10) and No. 3 Arizona (34-8, 5-5 Pac-10), April 28-30. UW faces ASU on Friday at 1 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three weekend games will be broadcast by KKNW 1150 AM.
SCOUTING UCLA (36-4, 8-2 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Bruins lead the series 35-18.
Last Meeting: UCLA defeated Washington 6-0 on April 14 in Seattle.
Notes: The Bruins are in first place of the Pac-10 standings at the halfway mark with a 2.5 game buffer over Arizona State and Oregon State. The team is out scoring its opponents 215 to 62 and boasts a conference-best .506 slugging percentage, including 49 home runs. Jodie Legaspi headlines the offense with a .370 average, including a team-best 12 home runs and 31 RBIs. Andrea Duran is hitting .346 with 10 doubles and 10 home runs, while Caitlyn Benyi is hitting .333 with seven doubles and eight home runs. Sophomore Anjelica Seldon leads the pitching staff with a 0.84 earned run average and 21-3 record, including 10 shutouts. She has struck out 262 batters in 166.2 innings and has allowed just 20 earned runs all year. Lisa Dodd has a 1.73 ERA and 15-1 record with six shutouts.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE (41-7, 5-4)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the series 41-11.
Last Meeting: The teams split a pair of extra-inning games in Tempe earlier this month. Washington won the first game, 3-1, in 11 innings, and dropped a 13 inning heartbreaker the next day, 5-4.
Notes: Arizona State leads the conference in runs (252), RBIs (236) and home runs (52). The Sun Devils also boast the second-best earned run average in the Pac-10 (1.13) and second-most strikeouts (466). Kaitlin Cochran leads ASU in every offensive category including average (.467), runs (38), hits (63), home runs (11) and RBIs (51). Mindy Cowles ranks second on the team with 40 RBIs and leads the Pac-10 with 14 home runs. The Sun Devils also lead the conference in stolen bases and are led by Michelle Smith with 30 steals. Katie Burkhart headlines the three member pitching staff with a 20-3 record and has a 1.46 earned run average and nine shutouts. She also averages 259 strikeouts in 166.1 innings. Senior Desiree Serrano has a 15-4 record and 1.71 ERA. She has 184 strikeouts in 137 innings and six shutouts.
SCOUTING ARIZONA (34-8, 5-5 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Wildcats lead the series 48-15.
Last Meeting: Arizona squeaked out a 1-0 win in Tucson on April 7, winning on an unearned run.
Notes: Arizona has the lowest earned run average (0.93) in the conference and the best on-base percentage (.392). Caitlin Lowe leads the offense with a .463 average and 22 stolen bases, while Kristie Fox has a .400 average and leads the Wildcats with nine home runs and 37 RBIs. All-American Alicia Hollowell and newcomer Taryne Mowatt have combined for a stingy 0.93 earned run average and 20 shutouts. Hollowell is 17-4 with a 1.03 ERA and 255 strikeouts in 143 innings. Mowatt is 17-4 with a 0.81 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 130 innings.
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 third-lowest earned run average (1.63) and strikeouts (108) in 10 conference games. They are also third in the Pac-10 for least number of earned runs (18) allowed. Lawrie ranks third in conference games with a 0.76 earned run average.
LAWRIE RANKS FOURTH IN STRIKEOUTS: Washington freshman Danielle Lawrie (17-8) struck out nine batters last Saturday to move into fourth on the UW single-season strikeout list. Her 250 strikeouts ties former All-American Jennifer Spediacci (1999). She is 10 strikeouts away from tying former All-American Tia Bollinger (2001) for the No. 3 spot with 260 strikeouts.
THREE HUSKIES RECEIVE USA SOFTBALL INVITES: Washington senior Aimee Minor and former Washington All-Americans Jaime Clark and Jenny Topping are among a list of athletes handpicked by USA Softball to attend the upcoming selection camps for the 2006 USA Softball Women's National Team and 2006 World University Games Team. Minor is among a list of 27 women invited to the World University Team selection camp, which runs June 9-11 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Clark and Topping are among a list of 30 athletes chosen to tryout for the USA Softball Women's National Team, June 13-17 at the Olympic Training Center.
LAWRIE NAMED TO CANADA SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Washington freshman Danielle Lawrie has been named to the 17-member Canadian Senior Women's Team. The team will participate in the Ontario Pro Tour, the Canada Cup, the US Cup and will culminate with the 2006 International Softball Federation World Championships to be held Aug. 27-Sept. 5 in Beijing, China, a qualifier for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
MINOR & LASTRAPES DOUBLES INTO TOP-10 LIST: Senior Aimee Minor and junior Dominique Lastrapes hit their 32nd and 33rd career doubles last weekend to take over the No. 10 spot on the UW single-season doubles list. They are four doubles away from tying Kathy Fiske (2002-05) for ninth (37) on the all-time list.
HYATT CLIMBS HOME RUN LIST: Senior Sarah Hyatt hit a two-run home run vs. Oregon last Friday to bring her career total to 41 home runs. She ranks fourth on the UW all-time chart and needs two more home runs to tie Jennifer Cline (1993-96) for the No. 3 spot.
PLAY THE BEST TO BE THE BEST: The Huskies have played 19 games against top-25 teams this season and have a 7-12 record. 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 4-8 against top-10 teams and 1-3 against top-5 teams.
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 36 RBIs and has moved into the No. 8 spot on the UW all-time list with 146 career RBIs. Hyatt is three 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 seven home runs this season to bring her career total to 41 home runs, which ranks fourth on the Huskies' all-time chart. Hyatt is two 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 SLAMS: 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 .423, .385 and .352 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 29 hits this season have been doubles, which ranks third in the Pac-10. She also ranks second on the team with 19 walks, behind Sarah Hyatt with 21.
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 10 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 170.2 innings pitched and 76 strikeouts looking. She also ranks third with 23 starts, fifth with 250 strikeouts and sixth with 17 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 dropped one spot 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.
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 64-37 career record at Washington.