Huskies Fall To Texas, 1-0, In Super Regional Opener.
May 26, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas-- Texas (53-7) used a two-out RBI-single by Shannon Thomas in the fifth inning to break open a scoreless tie and lift the Longhorns to the 1-0 victory over Washington (35-24) Friday in game one of the Super Regional. Washington will need to beat Texas twice tomorrow to advance to the Women's College World Series, while the Longhorns need just one more win against the Huskies to take the best-of-three series and advance to the eight-team championship tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla., next week.
The game was televised live on ESPN and 1,437 fans packed Red and Charline McCombs Field to witness the pitcher's duel between Texas ace and NCAA all-time strikeout leader Cat Osterman and UW hurler Danielle Lawrie. The game was a rematch between the pitchers who went head-to-head in early March in a game that saw UT come out on top, 3-0, despite Lawrie's two-hit and 13 strikeout performance.
The pair again found themselves in the midst of a pitcher's duel Friday night with neither team getting on the scoreboard until Thomas' fifth-inning single. The hit was the second for Thomas, Texas' No. 9 hitter, and just the third surrendered by Lawrie in the game. The single up the middle scored Jacqueline Williams who had reached base with a one-out single to left field.
The Huskies, who had just one hit against Osterman in March, had three hits this evening but left four runners on base.
Washington put a runner into scoring position in the third inning when junior Dominique Lastrapes hit a two-out double to the left centerfield gap but Osterman recorded her seventh strikeout of the game to get out of the jam unscathed.
Washington threatened again in the fourth frame when Dena Tyson and Brooke Woodward drew back-to-back two-out walks but Osterman again used a strikeout, this time against Hyatt, to get out of the inning.
The Huskies went quietly in the sixth and seventh, going down in order, including five strikeouts as Osterman sealed the UT victory.
Osterman improves to 36-2 on the season, the second-best winning percentage in the nation, and held UW to three hits and fanned 16.
Lawrie drops to 23-15 on the season, despite allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
Washington and Texas will square-off again Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT) with another nationally televised game on ESPN. One more Texas victory will send the Longhorns to their fourth Women's College World Series, while the Huskies will need to defeat Texas twice tomorrow to advance to the program's eighth championship tournament.
Should Washington defeat Texas at 1 p.m., the teams will play a third-and-deciding game at 6 p.m. That game would be televised live on EPSN2. The softball games will be broadcast live on KKNW 1150 AM and can be accessed at www.gohuskies.com.
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