Huskies Drop Pac-10 Finale To #5 California
May 13, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif.-- California senior Haley Woods made the most of her final regular-season appearance at Levine-Fricke Field Saturday, blasting a lead off home run to centerfield in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless game. The run proved to be all the scoring the fifth-ranked Golden Bears needed as they defeated No. 17 Washington, 1-0.
The Huskies fall to 32-23 overall and 6-15 in the Pac-10 with 10 of those losses coming by one run. Cal improves to 43-12 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-10.
Woods' home run in the fourth was the first hit surrendered by sophomore Caitlin Noble and one of just two the Huskies allowed all day.
The Huskies threatened in the sixth inning with back-to-back singles by Lauren Greer and Dominique Lastrapes but Golden Bear ace Christina Thorson caught the next two batters looking at strikes to get out of the inning.
Noble (12-9) took the loss as she allowed one run on two hits and fanned four in four innings. Danielle Lawrie pitched two innings of relief, giving up no hits and striking out two.
Thorson (32-8) earned her second straight shutout vs. the Huskies in as many days, holding UW to four hits and striking out 15.
Washington will learn its postseason fate Sunday when the NCAA Championship 64-team field is announced on ESPNews between noon and 12:30 p.m. UCLA earned the Pac-10's automatic NCAA berth after winning the conference title on Thursday.
The Huskies have made 12 previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced to the Women's College World series seven times, including their last appearance in 2004.
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