Huskies Head To Oregon

May 3, 2006

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UP NEXT: The Washington Huskies (30-19, 4-11) head to Oregon this week to close out the series' with the Oregon State Beavers and the Oregon Ducks. The Huskies open play Friday at 3 p.m. at Oregon State, before playing at Oregon Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

A LOOK BACK: Washington went 1-4 last week against Pac-10 foes all ranked among the top-7. UW's lone victory, however, was a big one as the Huskies upset top-ranked UCLA, 3-2 in 12 innings in Los Angeles. Washington lost the nightcap to the Bruins 7-6 and lost to Arizona State, 1-0, and Arizona 2-0 and 10-1 in Seattle.

SCOUTING OREGON STATE (37-8, 9-5 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the all-time series, 37-12.
Last Meeting: Oregon State took two games from Washington in Seattle last month, 3-2 and 5-0.
Notes: The Beavers have won seven of their last eight games and are two games out of first place in the Pac-10 with six games to go. OSU has six players hitting .300 or better and is led by Mia Longfellow and DeAnn Young with .356 and .348 averages, respectively. Cambria Miranda leads the team with 14 RBIs, while adding 30 RBIs with a .700 slugging percentage. Brianne McGowan is Oregon State's ace in the circle with a 23-4 record and 1.33 earned run average. She has also proved a force offensively with a .330 average, including eight home runs and 24 RBIs.

SCOUTING OREGON (21-20, 3-10 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the all-time series, 34-12.
Last Meeting: Washington defeated Oregon, 5-0, in Seattle on April 21.
Notes: The Ducks went 2-2 over the weekend with upset wins over Stanford and California and two losses to the Golden Bears to wrap-up the series. Alicia Cook tossed a no-hitter against Stanford on Friday en route to the 9-0 Duck victory and Oregon handed Cal a 5-1 loss on Saturday in the conclusion of a resumed game from a rainout earlier this month. Three Oregon players are hitting above .300, including Kayleen Hudson (.317), Breanne Sabol (.316) and Suzie Barnes (.315). Sabol leads the team with 29 runs scored and 29 RBIs, while Joanna Gail leads the team with five home runs. The Ducks saw a return of injured pitcher Amy Harris on Saturday and she held the Golden Bears to one run on two hits in five innings of work. She leads the team with a 9-5 record and 1.52 ERA. Melissa Cook ranks second on the Oregon pitching staff with a 6-5 record and 2.73 earned run average.

LAWRIE SETS TWO UW STRIKEOUT RECORDS: Freshman Danielle Lawrie set two UW strikeout records within three days last week. She set the school record for most strikeouts in a game of any length when she fanned 19 UCLA Bruins on April 19 in 12 innings. Lawrie the set the school record for most strikeouts in a regulation game when she struck out 19 Arizona State Sun Devils in seven innings. The previous record for most strikeouts in a game of any length was 18 set by Jennifer Spediacci vs. Oregon State on May 13, 1999 in nine innings. The mark was equalled last season by Ashley Boek who fanned 18 vs. Creighton on May 20 in 11 innings. The previous record for most strikeouts in a regulation game was 16 set by current UW sophomore Caitlin Noble last season on Feb. 19 vs. Willamette in six innings.

LAWRIE RANKS SECOND IN SEASON STRIKEOUTS: Washington freshman Danielle Lawrie struck out 54 batters last week in five appearances to move into second on the UW single-season strikeout list. Her 304 strikeouts put her 12 strikeouts away from tying school-record-holder Jennifer Spediacci who fanned 316 batters in 1999.

UW FALLS ON WRONG SIDE OF ONE-RUN GAMES: Six of Washington's 10 conference losses have come by one run. The Huskies have been shutout six times by their Pac-10 foes and have a 4-4 record in conference play when they score a run.

HUSKIES APPROACH STRIKEOUT RECORD: The school record for most team strikeouts in a season is 517 set by the 2000 pitching staff. Sophomore Caitlin Noble (185) and freshman Danielle Lawrie (304) have combined for 489 strikeouts this season with six conference games remaining in the regular season.

CHASING CHARTERS: Sophomore Ashley Charters ranks second in the Pac-10 with 26 stolen bases this season. She has swiped 59 bases in her career (66 attempts), which tie for seventh on the UW all-time career chart. Overall, the Huskies rank second in the conference with 65 stolen bases.

DYNAMITE DOMINIQUE: Junior All-American Dominique Lastrapes continues to be one of Washington's most consistent players. She ranks second on the team in average (.360), runs (35), hits (54), doubles (10), RBIs (24) and steals (13).

MINOR MAKES MAJOR IMPACT: After missing the beginning of the season with a back injury, Aimee Minor has returned the Huskies lineup on a terror. She leads Washington in average in Pac-10 games (.286) and her 11 walks in conference play (11) top the Pac-10. Minor is hitting a career-best .323 this season with a team-best .532 slugging percentage.

LAWRIE LIKES CONFERENCE PLAY: Freshman Danielle Lawrie boasts the second-most strikeouts (123) and second-most strikeouts looking (40) in Pac-10 games. Her 1.17 earned run average in league games ranks third.

HIT-HIT-HOORAY: Sophomore Ashley Charters leads the Pac-10 with 66 base hits and five triples. She also ranks third in the conference with a .395 average.

PLAY THE BEST TO BE THE BEST: The Huskies have played 24 games against top-25 teams this season and have a 8-16 record. Washington has tallied five wins over top-10 opponents, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Huskies are 5-12 against top-10 teams and 2-5 against top-5 teams.

MINOR DOUBLES INTO TOP-10 LIST: Senior Aimee Minor hit her 34th career double vs. UCLA on April 26 to take over the No. 10 spot on the UW single-season doubles list. She is three 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 her 42nd career home run against UCLA on April 26 to move within one home run of the No. 3 spot on the Washington all-time list held by Jennifer Cline (1993-96).

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 third home run of the season and 28th of her career on April 26 vs. UCLA. She is now in sole possession of the No. 6 spot on the UW all-time list. Minor is six home runs away from the No. 5 spot, held by Kathy Fiske (34, 2002-05).

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 38 RBIs and has moved into the No. 8 spot on the UW all-time list with 1450 career RBIs. Hyatt is one RBI away from tying Kim DePaul for the No. 7 spot (151, 1998-01) and 12 away from the No. 6 spot held by All-American Becky Newbry (160, 1996-99). Hyatt's 38 RBIs this season rank fifth in the Pac-10.

HYATT HOMERS: Senior Sarah Hyatt leads the team with eight home runs this season to bring her career total to 42 home runs, which ranks fourth on the Huskies' all-time chart. Hyatt is one home runs away from tying All-American Jennifer Cline for the No. 3 spot (43, 1993-96). All-Americans Kristen Rivera (79, 2002-05) and Jaime Clark (73, 2000-03) rank No. 1 and No. 2 on the list.

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 .395, .360 and .343 averages, respectively. Charters has the third-highest average in the conference.

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 30 hits this season have been doubles, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10. She also ranks third on the team with 19 walks, behind Sarah Hyatt (24) and Dominique Lastrapes (20).

LAWRIE AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Danielle Lawrie ranks second in the league with 202.1 innings pitched, 304 strikeouts and 92 strikeouts looking. She also ranks third with 26 starts and sixth with 18 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 dipped one spot to No. 17 in the most recent USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (May 3). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 164 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 dropped one spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (May 2) to No. 16.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 65-41 career record at Washington.

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