Watson's Home Run Lifts UW To 1-0 Upset Over #5 Oregon State

May 5, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore.-- Freshman Ashlyn Watson led off the seventh inning with a home run over the left-centerfield fence to break open a scoreless tie with the fifth-ranked Oregon State Beavers and lift 16th-ranked Washington to the 1-0 victory Friday at OSU Softball Stadium. The win improves Washington's record to 31-19 overall and 5-11 in the Pac-10, while Oregon State dips to 37-9 overall and 9-6 in the Pac-10.

Freshman ace Danielle Lawrie kept the Beavers off balance and off the base paths most of the day and held OSU to just two hits-- a bloop single to Paige Lowe in the third and a single up the middle to Lisa Allen in the seventh. Lawrie struck out 11 batters in all, bringing her season total to 315, just one strikeout shy of the school record set by All-American Jennifer Spediacci in 1999.

The Huskies jumped on OSU pitcher Brianne McGowan early with back-to-back singles by Dominique Lastrapes and Ashley Charters to open the first inning, and a sacrifice bunt by Aimee Minor put two runners in scoring position with one out. McGowan froze the next two batters on strikes, however, to get out of the jam unscathed.

Washington put runners on base in each of the last five innings but was unable to score a run until Watson's home run in the seventh. It marked her sixth home of the season and the 14th surrendered by McGowan this season.

The Beavers attempted a comeback in the bottom half of the inning when Allen hit a one-out single up the middle and Lawrie hit the next batter with a pitch to bring up McGowan. McGowan battled to a full-count before hitting a deep fly ball to right field but Lauren Greer was there to make the catch. Pinch runner Natalie Johnson advanced to third on the play. Pinch hitter Vanessa Iapala then lined out to Minor who was on the run in right-centerfield for the final out the game.

Lawrie (19-12) earned the win and her seventh shutout of the season as she held OSU to two hits, walked none and struck out 11. McGowan (23-5) took the loss as she gave up one run on eight hits, walked two and struck out seven .

The game marked Washington's 25th of the season against a top-25 opponent and eighth game against a top-5 opponent. The Huskies are 9-16 against ranked teams and 3-5 against team ranked among the top-5.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 action Saturday when they take on the Oregon Ducks at 1 p.m.

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