Softball Wins Two At Palm Springs Classic

Feb. 25, 2007

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif.-- The 15th-ranked University of Washington softball team combined for 23 hits Saturday, including four home runs, en route to 4-0 and 14-4 wins over Michigan State and Penn State at the Palm Springs Classic. The wins improve Washington's record to 11-2 on the season and 3-1 this weekend.

Senior Dena Tyson once again led the Huskies offense, hitting .600 (3-for-5) on the day with two RBIs, while junior All-American Ashley Charters hit .500 (4-for-8) with two RBIs.

Washington opened play with a 4-0 win over Michigan State, sparked by an 11-hit performance. The Huskies stranded six base runners through the first three innings before finally breaking through in the top of the fourth inning with a run. Dani Stuart drew a leadoff walk and scored when Charters laced a single through the left side of the infield.

Washington tacked on three more runs in the fifth frame when UW hurler Danielle Lawrie helped her own cause and belted a three-run home run over the centerfield fence for the 4-0 lead and eventual win.

Lawrie (7-1) earned the victory and her third shutout of the season as she held the Spartans to just four hits and struck out 11.

Lesley Noel (0-1) took the loss as she gave up two runs on five hits in four innings of relief.

Washington exploded for 14 runs on 12 hits in the nightcap vs. Penn State, en route to the 14-4 mercy-rule victory.

UW jumped out to the 2-0 lead in the first inning on three hits. Charters led off with a single and advanced to third on a single through the left side by Alicia Matthews. Matthews came home on a wild pitch to give the Huskies the 2-0 advantage.

Penn State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Hollee Haines hit a leadoff double and scored on an error to cut Washington's lead to 2-1.

UW surged ahead in the third inning with back-to-back home runs by Dena Tyson and Ashlyn Watson to take the 5-1 lead. Tyson's digger, marked her fourth home run of the season and scored Lastrapes who had reached base on a single.

Penn State answered with another run in the bottom half of the inning when Danielle Kinley scored on a bases loaded walk to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Huskies.

Washington sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning, posting five more runs to take the 10-2 lead. Tyson sparked the rally, reaching base on a throwing error by the third baseman. Watson followed with a walk and Greer belted her first home run of the season to make the score 8-2.

Caitlin Noble and Stuart followed with back-to-back walks and Jacki Hansen doubled to right centerfield to score pinch runner Shelia Reiten. Hansen moved to third base on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch as Washington took the 10-2 lead.

Penn State continued to battle, scoring two runs on two hits. Haines led off with a single through the left side and Kayce Zielinski hit a home run over the left centerfield fence to cut Washington's lead to 10-4.

The Huskies put the game away in the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits. Lastrapes led off the inning with a single to left field and Tyson followed with a walk. Watson then hit a triple into the right centerfield gap to score two runs. Greer followed with an RBI-single and scored when Charters drew a bases loaded walk for the 14-4 lead and eventual victory.

Noble (4-1) earned the win as she scattered four runs on six hits with six strikeouts.

Ashley Esparza took the loss as she allowed five runs on six hits in three innings of work.

Washington closes out tournament play at the Palm Springs Classic Sunday when it faces Nevada at 11 a.m.

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