Huskies Run-Rule SUU In NCAA Regional Opener

May 18, 2006

PROVO, Utah-- The Washington softball team pounded 13 hits vs. Southern Utah to win the NCAA Regional opener, 8-0, in five-innings Thursday at Gail Miller Field. The Huskies advance to the winner's bracket and will face Big 12 Tournament Champion Kansas Friday at 12:30 p.m. (PT).

Washington improves to 33-23 on the season, while SUU drops to 34-31 and will face host BYU, who lost to the Jayhawks, 3-0, in the loser's bracket tomorrow.

Washington stranded four base runner through the first three inning before finally breaking through in the fourth with one run on three hits. Brooke Woodward drew a one out walk and Ashlyn Watson followed with a single to left field. Danielle Lawrie then laced a single through the left side to score pinch runner Marnie Koziol and put UW on top, 1-0.

The Huskies batted around the order in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs on six hits to trigger the eight-run-lead mercy-rule. Dominique Lastrapes led off with a triple to left centerfield and scored on a single to right field by Ashley Charters. Pinch runner Nicole Moojen stole second base and scored on a single to centerfield by Aimee Minor. Sarah Hyatt walked and Southern Utah made a pitching change, bringing in Corie Jensen in relief. Woodward reached base on and error by the shortstop to load the bases and Watson singled to left field to score two more runs. Lawrie kept the rally going with a walk and Lastrapes singled up the middle to score Woodward. Moojen then hit the game-ender with a two-RBI single up the middle to give Washington the 8-0 victory.

Lawrie (21-14) picked up the win as she held SUU to two runs and struck out nine in her eighth shutout of the season. Sauar (18-8) took the loss as she gave up five runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings with three strikeouts.

Lastrapes finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Charters, Minor, Greer and Watson each went 2-for-3.

The mercy-rule victory marked the 10th of the season for Washington, while its 13 hits marked the fourth-most for the Huskies this season.

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