Huskies Drop Extra-Inning Heartbreaker To #5 California

May 12, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif.-- A 10th-inning RBI-single by Lindsay James was all the scoring fifth-ranked California needed Friday as they defeated the 17th-ranked Washington Huskies, 1-0. The game marked the seventh extra-inning affair for Washington this season and its the ninth one-run loss in Pac-10 competition. The Huskies dip to 32-22 on the season and 6-14 in conference play while Cal improves to 43-12 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-10.

The game feautered a pitchers duel between Pac-10 strikeout leaders Kristina Thorson and Danielle Lawrie. Combined, the pair struck out 32 batters.

Lawrie retired the first 10 batters she faced for UW, including six via strikeout. James was the first Cal Bear to break through with a single to left field in the fourth inning. Haley Woods followed with a single up the middle and advanced to second base when James got into a run down and took third base safely. Emily Friedman walked to load the bases with just one out but Lawrie struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.

The Huskies put runners on base in each of the first four innings, including a runner in scoring position in the first inning when Ashley Charters singled and stole second base, but Washington was unable to advance her.

UW threatened again in the sixth inning when Aimee Minor hit a one out single to centerfield and stole second base but a pair of strikeouts by Kristina Thorson got the Golden Bears out of the jam.

California earned the win in the 10th inning with three consecutive singles, including the game-winner by James.

Lawrie (20-13) took the tough loss as she allowed one run on nine hits in 9.1 innings, while striking out 14.

Thorson (31-8) earned the win for Cal as she held Washington to four hits and fanned 18.

The Huskies and Golden Bears square-off again Saturday in the Pac-10 season finale. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

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