Washington Softball Announces Fall Tournament Schedule

Sept. 26, 2006

SEATTLE-- The Washington softball team will host the Louisville Slugger Northwest Classic Oct. 6-8. The tournament will feature six Northwest teams, including Seattle University, Western Washington (Bellingham), Walla Walla Community College, Saint Martin's (Lacey) and Lower Columbia College (Longview).

'We are eager to see our team compete this fall,' said head coach Heather Tarr. 'It will be a great opportunity for our team to play six games before our season begins. We have six newcomers who will get to wear the purple and gold for the first time. It will be nice to integrate them into our system in a real game environment.'

Admission to the tournament is $7/day for adults and $4/day for children under 12. UW students will get in for free with a UW ID card. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward funding of fall practice, staff positions, team travel and other special products. All UW games will feature a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds going to the softball team.

Washington will open tournament action with a double header against Seattle University, Friday, Oct. 6, with the first pitch slated for 3 p.m. Last season, the Redhawks finished the season with a 34-22 record and made their second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II West Regional. Juniors Erin Martin and Jane Purdy headline the list of returners. Both earned All-West Region honors last season as Martin earned a 23-12 record from the circle with a 1.93 earned run average and Purdy boasted a .418 batting average with 11 home runs and 58 runs batted in.

The Huskies will face Walla Walla Community College and Saint Martin's on Oct 7 at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m., respectively.

Walla Walla Community College finished the 2006 season with a 23-28 overall record and 17-11 record in Eastern Region play. Saint Martin's comes off a tough 2006 season in which it went 7-38 overall and 3-21 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Washington rounds out tournament play with a pair of games on Oct. 8. The Huskies will play Western Washington at 11:30 a.m. and Lower Columbia College at 1:30 p.m.

Western Washington placed third in the GNAC in 2006 with a 12-12 record and finished the season with a 25-29 overall record. The team returns two conference all-stars, including senior designated player Ashley Osman who led the squad with a .373 average, and senior pitcher Jackie Quint who finished the season with a 12-12 record and 2.13 earned run average.

Lower Columbia College won the NWAACC Championship last season and finished the year with a 43-7 record. The Lady Devils return three Southern Division All-Stars, including Jamie Fowler, Logan Mohr and Nicole Wallinger.

The Huskies return 13 players from the 2006 squad that advanced to the Super Regional, including All-Americans Ashley Charters and Dominique Lastrapes. Washington returns nine starters in all, including Alicia Matthews (C), Lastrapes (2B), Charters (1B/SS), Nicole Moojen (SS), Brooke Woodward (3B), Dena Tyson (LF), Lauren Greer (RF), Caitlin Noble (P) and Danielle Lawrie (P).

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