Woodward's Grand Slam Lifts Softball To 6-3 Win Over Oregon
May 6, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman Brooke Woodward hit a two-out grand slam in the seventh inning to lift 16th-ranked Washington softball to the 6-3 victory over Oregon Saturday. Woodward finished the day with five RBIs and was the second UW freshman to hit a game-winning home run in as many days. Washington improves to 32-19 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10, while Oregon falls to 23-24 overall and 3-12 in the Pac-10.
Freshman Danielle Lawrie tallied 11 strikeouts in the win, becoming the school's all-time single-season strikeout leader with 326 strikeouts. She surpasses All-American Jennifer Spediacci who struck out 316 batters in 1999.
The Huskies threatened throughout the game but were unable to push a runner across until the sixth. Dominique Lastrapes led off with a single to left field and was replaced by pinch runner Nicole Moojen. Ashley Charters followed with a single to first base and an errant throw on the play moved Charters to second base and Moojen to third. After the Ducks intentionally walked senior Aimee Minor to load the bases, Woodward singled to left field to score Moojen and give UW the 1-0 lead.
Oregon answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs on three hits and an error. Suzie Barnes led off with a double to centerfield and Sari-Jane Jenkins followed with a single to third base. A bad throw to first on the play allowed the runners to move up to second and third with no outs. The Huskies intentionally walked Beth Boskovich to load the bases and bring up Lovena Chaput who doubled to right field to score the go-ahead run. After another intentional walk, Joanna Gail was called out on an infield fly. Kayleen Hudson then hit a deep fly ball to left field to score pinch runner Kristi Jorgensen to put the Ducks on top 3-1 heading into the seventh inning.
Junior Dena Tyson led off the seventh with a single to left field and was replaced by pinch runner Marnie Koziol. After a line out to centerfield by Alicia Matthews, Lauren Greer singled to left field. Lastrapes followed with a single to left field and Koziol scored on a ground out by Charters. The Ducks intentionally walked Minor to load the bases to bring up Woodward. Woodward hit a towering home run over the left field fence for her second career home run and first grand slam to give the Huskies the 6-3 lead and eventual win.
Lawrie (20-12) sat Oregon down in order in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of ground outs and a strikeout to earn her 20th win of the season. She held Oregon to three runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts. Alicia Cook (5-9) took the loss as she allowed six runs on eight hits, walked five and struck out six.
The Huskies and Ducks close out the series Sunday at 1 p.m.