Huskies Close Out Pac-10 Season At Stanford & Cal

May 10, 2006

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UP NEXT: Washington (32-30, 6-12 Pac-10) closes out the Pac-10 season on the road this week, playing Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m. and California on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

A LOOK BACK: Washington went 2-1 last week against the Oregon schools and received spectacular play by its freshman class. Ashlyn Watson hit the game-winner with a solo home vs. No. 5 Oregon State, while Danielle Lawrie allowed just two Beaver hits and struck out 11 en route to her seventh shutout of the season. Brooke Woodward hit the game-winner the next day vs. the Ducks with a seventh inning grand slam to give Washington the 6-3 come-from-behind win. Lawrie also picked up that victory as she held Oregon to four hits and fanned 11 to surpass All-America Jennifer Spediacci for the school's single-season strikeout record. Oregon outlasted the Huskies in the final game of the weekend with a 2-1, 11-inning win. The game-winner scored on a Washington error.

NCAA SELECTION SHOW: The Huskies will learn their postseason fate on Sunday, May 14 when the NCAA announces the 64-team field on ESPNews at 12:30 p.m. The sixteen regional sites will be announced at that time. Washington has made 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in its 14-year history, including seven trips to the Women's College World Series.

SCOUTING STANFORD (35-15, 7-11 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead the all-time series, 31-15.
Last Meeting: The teams split in Seattle during the opening weekend of conference play. The Cardinal squeaked out the 1-0 victory in the opener before Washington picked up the 8-0 mercy-rule victory in six innings the next day.
Notes: The Cardinal are on a three-game skid and have lost six of their last eight games. Catalina Morris headlines the offense with a .376 average, including seven home runs and 29 RBIs. Jackie Rinehart is hitting .345, while Maddy Coon is hitting at a .336 clip with a team-best nine home runs and 33 RBIs. Missy Penna boasts a 19-9 record from the circle in her rookie season with four shutouts and a 2.42 earned run average. Becky McCullough and Lauren Severson have each made 23 appearances and have 9-5 and 7-0 records, respectively. The Cardinal are out scoring opponents 219-123 and out hitting opponents .300 to .216.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA (42-11, 10-8 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Golden Bears lead the all-time series, 28-23.Last Meeting: California defeated the Huskies, 2-0, in Seattle on March 31 in the Pac-10 opener. Julie Meyer hit a solo home run and Alex Sutton drove in a run for the Golden Bears. Kristina Thorson held UW to just three hits.Notes: Four Cal players are hitting .350 or better, including Lindsay James (.391), Alex Sutton (.375), Morgan Siegel (.372) and Haley Woods (.366). Woods leads the team with 50 RBIs, 13 home runs and 14 doubles. Kristina Thorson leads the three-member pitching staff with a 30-7 record and 0.85 earned run average. She leads the conference with 359 strikeouts in 240 innings.

LAWRIE SETS TWO UW GAME STRIKEOUT RECORDS: Freshman Danielle Lawrie set two UW strikeout records within three days in April. 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 and 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 equaled 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 SETS SEASON STRIKEOUTS: Washington freshman Danielle Lawrie struck out 24 batters last week in two appearances to set the school record for most strikeouts in a season. Lawrie's season total stands at 324 strikeouts, surpassing All-American Jennifer Spediacci who fanned 316 batters in 1999. Lawrie and Spediacci are the only UW pitchers in program history to amass 300 strikeouts in a season.

UW FALLS ON WRONG SIDE OF ONE-RUN GAMES: Seven of Washington's 11 conference losses have come by one run. The Huskies have been shutout six times by their Pac-10 foes and have a 6-5 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 (326) have combined for 511 strikeouts this season with three 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 ties for seventh on the UW all-time chart. Overall, the Huskies rank second in the conference with 67 stolen bases this season.

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 (.376), runs (36), hits (59), doubles (10), RBIs (24) and steals (13).

LAWRIE LIKES CONFERENCE PLAY: Freshman Danielle Lawrie leads the conference with 145 strikeouts in Pac-10 games. She also ranks second in Pac-10 in strikeouts looking (43) and third in earned run average (1.22).

HIT-HIT-HOORAY: Sophomore Ashley Charters leads the Pac-10 with 69 base hits and five triples. She also ranks fifth in the conference with a .383 average.

PLAY THE BEST TO BE THE BEST: The Huskies have played 25 games against top-25 teams this season and have a 9-16 record. Washington has tallied six wins over top-10 opponents, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford, No. 5 Oregon State, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Huskies are 6-12 against top-10 teams and 3-5 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 (43, 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.

GRAND SLAMS: Four Washington players have hit grand slams this season, including senior Aimee Minor and freshmen Ashlyn Watson, Alicia Matthews and Brooke Woodward. 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. Woodward hit a game-winning grand slam vs. Oregon on May 6. Washington players have hit 29 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 .394, .376 and .343 averages, respectively. Charters has the fifth-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 31 hits this season have been doubles, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10. She is also tied with Dominique Lastrapes for second on the team with 21 walks, behind Sarah Hyatt (25).

NOBLE THROWS ONE-HITTER: Sophomore Caitlin Noble narrowly missed out on her second career no-hitter Mar. 12 when she gave up one hit 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 9) to No. 17.

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 67-42 career record at Washington.

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