Huskies Shutout Kansas To Advance To Super Regional

May 20, 2006

PROVO, Utah-- Washington (35-23) broke open a scoreless game in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs to defeated Kansas (36-26), 3-0, Saturday in the championship game of the Provo Regional. The Huskies advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the second consecutive year and will face the winner of the Austin, Texas Regional next weekend. The Austin Regional wraps up competition Sunday.

Freshman Danielle Lawrie was named the Regional MVP after earning all three victories for the Huskies over the weekend and not giving up a run. She allowed just five hits over 17 innings, while striking out 29.

Washington has now won its last 14 regional games, dating back to 2002 when the Huskies lost to Ohio State, 2-1, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

'We had a pretty good tournament and were able to score a lot of runs over the three games,' said head coach Heather Tarr. '(Cassie) Humphrey's is a good pitcher and our hitters knew coming into it that they were going to have to make adjustments. That battled throughout the game and figured out how to hit her.

'Two months ago, I don't think we would have rallied like that in the seventh inning but we stuck to our game plan and fought and I believe that's why we were able to come out ahead.'

Lawrie and Kansas pitcher Cassie Humphrey's were in the midst of a pitcher's duel, giving up just one hit apiece through four innings. The Huskies put runners on base in every inning but the third but were unable to push a runner across until the seventh inning.

Sophomore Lauren Greer sparked the rally with a lead off single to right centerfield and Dominique Lastrapes followed with a walk. Sophomore Ashley Charters then doubled to left centerfield to score Greer and put the Dawgs on top. Aimee Minor followed with a single to centerfield to bring home Lastrapes and a sacrifice fly by freshman Brooke Woodward scored Charters as UW took the 3-0 lead.

Lawrie (23-14) earned the win as she allowed no runs on two hits and struck out 13. The shutout marked her ninth of the season. Humphrey's (19-17) picked up the loss as she gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out five.

Joining Lawrie on the all-tournament team were Minor, freshman Ashlyn Watson and Lastrapes. Minor receives her fourth all-regional honor after leading the Huskies with a .625 average (5-for-8), including three runs and three RBIs. Watson went 4-for-8 (.500) from the plate, driving in three runs and scoring once. Lastrapes picks up her third all-region award after hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two triples, three runs scored and one RBI.

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