Huskies Split With #1 UCLA

April 26, 2006

WESTWOOD, Calif.- The 15th-ranked Washington softball team (30-16, 4-8 Pac-10) split a double header with top-ranked UCLA (37-5, 9-3 Pac-10) Wednesday at Easton Stadium. The Huskies won the opener, 3-2, in 12 innings and dropped the nightcap 7-6. The win marks Washington first victory over a No. 1 ranked team since the Huskies defeated top-ranked Michigan, 3-2, on May 28, 2005 at the Super Regional.

GAME 1: UCLA 2, Washington 3 (12 innings)

The Huskies used a double by senior Aimee Minor and a Bruin throwing error to score the game-winner in the 12th inning and take the first game of a double header, 3-2. The game, which began in Seattle on April 15 and was halted due to rain after the second inning with no score, resumed today at UCLA.

Bruin pitcher Lisa Dodd helped her own cause in the top of the fourth, blasting a solo home run over the left centerfield wall to put UCLA on top, 1-0.

UCLA scored another run in the fifth inning after first baseman Ashley Charters lost a pop fly in the sun and Andrea Duran found herself with an infield double. Krista Colburn sacrificed Duran to third and Caitlyn Benyi singled up the middle to give the Bruins the 2-0 lead.

Washington evened the score in the sixth frame, scoring two runs on two hits. Lauren Greer led off with a single to right field and scored on a triple to right field by Charters. Sarah Hyatt then layed down a squeeze bunt to score Charters and knot the score at 2-2. Charters' triple marked the 10th of her career, tying Aimee Minor and Michelle Church for the No. 10 spot on the UW all-time list.

UCLA's Anjelica Selden took over pitching duties in the bottom of the seventh and sat the Huskies down in order to send Washington into its fifth extra-inning game of the season.

The Bruins put runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings but freshman hurler Danielle Lawrie worked her way out of the jams with a strikeout in the eighth and a bases loaded double-play in the ninth.

The Huskies scored the game-winner in the bottom of the 12th inning on a hit and an error. Minor sparked the rally with a two-out double to right field. Dena Tyson then drilled a line drive at Seldon who deflect the hit but made an errant throw to first base allowing Minor to score and give Washington the 3-2 victory.

The 12th inning run marked the first extra-inning run allowed by the Bruins this season in four games.

Lawrie (18-10) picked up the win as held UCLA to two runs on 11 hits. She struck out 19 batters to set a Husky record, surpassing the old record of 18 set by Jennifer Spediacci in nine innings vs. Oregon State in 1999 and equalled by Ashley Boek vs. Creighton in 11 innings last season.

Lawrie also becomes the first pitcher to strikeout more than 10 Bruins since Texas' Cat Osterman did it on March 15, 2005. With 19 strikeouts, Lawrie moves into the No. 3 spot on the UW single-season all-time list with 269 strikeouts. She is 14 strikeouts away from the No. 2 spot held by Ashley Boek (283, 2004).

Selden (21-4) took the loss as she allowed one run on two hits with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings of relief.

LINESCORE
UCLA 000 110 000 000 - 2 11 1
Washington 000 002 000 001 - 3 6 3
Dodd, Seldon (7) and Zaplatosch.
Lawrie and Matthews.
WP - Lawrie (18-10). LP - Selden (21-4).
T - 3:34. A - 195.

GAME 2: Washington 6, UCLA 7

Washington jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the nightcap, using a lead off walk to Dominique Lastrapes and an RBI-single by Minor to take the early lead.

The Huskies posted three more runs in the third inning on back-toback home runs by Minor and Hyatt to take the 4-0 lead. Minor's blast to left field scored Lastrapes who had led off the frame with an infield single. The home run marked her third of the season and the 28th of her career to take over sole possession of the No. 6 spot on the UW all-time list. Hyatt's home run, also to left field, marked her eighth of the season and the 42nd of her career to pull within one home run of the No. 3 spot on the UW all-time list.

UCLA battled back in the third inning, scoring six runs on six hits to take the 6-4 lead. Ashley Herrera led off with an infield single and stole second base. Duran then singled to left field to score Herrera. After a Bruin fly out, Benyi singled to left field. Emily Zaplatosch and Jodie Legaspi followed with back-to-back RBI-singles to trigger a Washington pitching change. Lawrie replaced starter Caitlin Noble and Dodd took Lawrie's first offering and planted it over the left centerfield wall for a three-run home run to put the Bruins on top, 6-4. The Huskies got out of the inning with a strikeout, caught stealing double play.

The Bruins tacked on another run in the fourth inning with an RBI-single by Benyi. The hit to left field scored Herrera who had walked and stole second base for the 7-4 lead.

Washington chippped away at the Bruins lead with one run in the sixth inning on two hits. Hyatt led off with a single off the centerfield wall and was replaced by pinch runner Marnie Koziol. Koziol stole second base and scored on a single down the left field line by Brooke Woodward.

The Huskies attempted a seventh-inning comeback, scoring one run on an RBI-single by Tyson but Washington left the bases loaded to fall short, 7-6. Lastrapes led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a double by Charters. Tyson's hit deflected off Selden to score Lastrapes and Minor walked to load the bases. Selden got a fly out and strikeout to close out the game.

Noble (12-6) took the loss as she allowed five runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. Selden (22-4) earned the win as she held Washington to five runs on 11 hits.

Washington continues Pac-10 action this weekend when it host Arizona State and Arizona, April 28-30. The Huskies open vs. the Sun Devils on Friday at 1 p.m.

LINESCORE
Washington 103 001 0 - 6 11 0
UCLA 006 100 X - 7 9 0
Selden and Zaplatosch.
Noble, Lawrie (3) and Matthews.
WP - Seldon (22-4). LP - Noble (12-6).

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