Huskies Defeat Kansas To Advance To Regional Championship

May 19, 2006

PROVO, Utah-- Washington's offense was firing on all cylinders Friday as the Huskies collected 10 hits vs. Kansas en route to the 6-0 victory. Freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie (22-14) held the Jayhawks to just one hit in five innings and struck out seven to pick up her second straight postseason win. Washington advances to Saturday's Regional Championship game, which is slated for an 11 a.m. (PT) start.

The victory improves Washington's record to 34-23 on the season, while Kansas falls to 35-25 and will have to play the winner of today's BYU/Southern Utah game for a chance to advance to tomorrow's championship. The Huskies would have to lose twice tomorrow to not advance to the Super Regional next week.

The Huskies jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by senior Aimee Minor. Dominique Lastrapes led off the game with a triple, her second in as many days, and scored on Minor's fly ball to right field to give Washington the 1-0 lead.

UW added another run in the second frame on a pair of hits. Dena Tyson doubled to right field and scored on a single up the middle by freshman Alicia Matthews.

Washington scored three runs in the third inning on two hits. Minor drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second base by Brooke Woodward. Ashlyn Watson then doubled into the left field corner to score Minor. Tyson followed with a two-run home run over the left field fence to put the Huskies on top, 5-0. The home run marked the sixth of the season for Tyson and the 16th of her career.

The Huskies added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Minor scored on a wild pitch. Minor had led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to third base on a single by Woodward as Washington built its lead to 6-0.

Lawrie earned the win and has yet to allow a run in the regional tournament in 11 innings of work. Serena Settlemier (17-7) took the loss as she allowed six runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts in five innings. Caitlin Noble pitched two innings for relief for Washington, giving up no hits and striking out two.

Three Huskies finished the day with two hits, including Tyson and Watson who went 2-for-2, and Lastrapes who went 2-for-4.

Saturday's game will be broadcast on KKNW 1150 AM and can be accessed online at www.gohuskies.com.

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