Lawrie Fans 20 As Softball Wins Two More

Feb. 18, 2007

TAMPA, Fla.-- Junior Caitlin Noble tossed a one-hitter vs. Florida A&M and sophomore Danielle Lawrie struck out a UW record 20 batters vs. USF Sunday as Washington picked up a pair of wins at the USF Wilson Invitational. The Huskies defeated FAMU 11-0 in five innings and USF 1-0. The wins improve Washington's record to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in the tournament.

Ashley Smith reached base safely twice for FAMU for the Rattler's only base runners of the day. She notched the team's only hit in the second inning with an infield single and reached via an error in the fifth.

Noble (2-1) was otherwise perfect, not allowing a runner past first base and striking out seven.

The Huskies meanwhile had plenty of offense, exploding for 11 runs on 13 hits in five innings. Washington jumped on the scoreboard with four runs in the second inning on five hits. Noble sparked the rally with a leadoff single and Jacki Hansen reached base on an error. Freshman Amanda Fleischman then singled up the middle to score two runs. Dani Stuart followed with a single through the right side and sophomore Marnie Koziol drove in two more runs with a single to right field to put the Huskies on top, 4-0.

Washington scored four more runs in the fourth inning on three hits. Fleischman and Stuart drew leadoff walks and successfully executed a double steal. Junior Ashley Charters then singled to the third baseman to score Fleischman. Koziol singled to third base to load the bags and Matthews hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to bring in Stuart. Ashyn Watson kept the rally going with a single to centerfield and a sacrifice fly by Noble scored Koziol as UW took the 8-0 lead.

The Huskies put the game away in the fifth frame, scoring three runs on three hits. Washington loaded the bases with a single by Stuart, walk to pinch hitter Sheila Reiten and single by pinch hitter Dru Hester. Matthews then delivered a three-run double down the left field line as UW pushed its lead to 11-0, which held for the final score.

Noble recorded a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the fifth and Matthews threw out Smith trying to steal second base to seal Washington's victory.

The Huskies' pitching was also the difference in the nightcap vs. USF as Lawrie held the Bulls to just four hits and struck out a school-record 20 batters, including a runner that reached base via a dropped third strike. In all, just two outs were record by Washington's defense with ground outs to the pitcher and second baseman.

UW scored the game-winner in the fifth inning after stringing together four hits on two outs. Charters sparked the rally with a double down the left field line and scored on a single through the left side by Lastrapes.

Lawrie improves to 5-0 on the season and surpasses her own school record with 20 strikeouts. She set the previous record of 19 strikeouts vs. Arizona State last season.

Washington rounds out tournament play Monday with a 6:30 a.m. (PT) game vs. Wichita State.

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