Huskies Make Home Debut At Husky Softball Classic

Feb. 28, 2007

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UP NEXT: The No. 14/15 (ESPN.com/NFCA) Washington softball team (12-2) makes its home debut this week when it hosts No. 6/7 LSU, North Dakota State and Portland State in the Husky Softball Classic, March 2-4. The Huskies open play on Friday, March 2 with a 3 p.m. game vs. Portland State. Washington then takes on LSU and North Dakota State at 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and Portland State at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. GameTracker will be available for all nine tournament games and Sunday's game vs. Portland State can be viewed via live video streaming on the Dawg Channel on gohuskies.com

HUSKIES TIE FOR THIRD AT PALM SPRINGS CLASSIC: The Washington Huskies tied for third place at the 26-team Palm Springs Classic, Feb. 23-25, with a 4-1 record. Tennessee and Oklahoma shared the tourney title with 5-0 records. Senior Dena Tyson led all players with a 1.417 slugging percentage and ranked second with a .667 average (8-for-12). She also tied for the tournament lead with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff and ranked third among all pitchers that threw 21 or more innings with a 1.00 earned run average and 35 strikeouts.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
PORTLAND STATE (4-7)
Series vs. Washington: Washington leads the all-time series, 29-0, including a 4-2 win last season in Seattle.
Notes: The Portland State Vikings went 3-2 last weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. Recorded wins over Cal State Fullerton (7-5), Utah State (6-5) and Wright State (8-2). Three players boast .300 or better averages, including Brandi Scoggins (.357), Laura Segall (.304) and Katie Stokes (.300). Scoggins headlines offense with nine RBIs and four doubles. Mandy Hill leads the four-member pitching staff with a 305 record, 2.98 earned run average and 50 strikeouts in 61 innings.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE (12-4)
Series vs. Washington:
Saturday's game will mark the first-ever between Washington and NDSU.
Notes: The North Dakota State Bison went 2-3 last week at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif., recording wins over Long Beach State (2-0) and Siena (5-0). Melissa Chmielews headlines the offense with a .378 average, including four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 22 runs batted in. Jennifer Morse and Lynnae also lead the Bison offense with .359 and .320 averages, respectively. Allison Bakke leads the three-member pitching staff with a 7-2 record with a 1.04 ERA, three shutouts and 74 strikeouts in 60.2 innings.

NO. 6/7 LSU (19-1)
Series vs. Washington:
Washington leads the all-time series 5-3, but the Tigers took a pair of games from the Huskies last season in Baton Rouge, 3-0 and 4-0.
Notes: The LSU Tigers have won eight games in a row since dropping their only game of the season 8-5 to Southern Illinois on Feb. 18. The team is out hitting its opponents .377-.119 and are out scoring its competition 153-23. Jazz Jackson and Killian Roessner lead the offense with .545 and .528 averages, respectively, while Leslie Klein leads the team with eight doubles and 25 RBIs. Dani Hofer leads the four-member pitching staff with a 7-0 record, including four shutouts, and has 84 strikeouts in 44 innings. The Tigers have 11 shutouts on the season.

1-2-3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has an 8-1 record this season and averages 14+ strikeouts per seven innings, which ranks tops in the Pac-10. She set the school record two weeks ago when she struck out 20 batters vs. No. 24 USF, surpassing her own record of 19 strikeouts set last season against Arizona State. Lawrie is tied for the Pac-10 lead with eight double-digit strikeout performances, and ranks second with 115 strikeouts and 25 strikeouts looking. Lawrie now has 502 career strikeouts, which ranks fifth on the UW career top-10 list. She is eight strikeouts away from the No. 4 spot held by All-American Jamie Graves who fanned 510 batters from 1997-2000.

DYNAMO DENA: Senior Dena Tyson leads the Huskies with a .571 average (12-for-21) with five home runs and 14 RBIs. She boats a 1.286 slugging percentage and .719 on-base percentage with 11 walks. Last season, Tyson hit six home runs and drove in 23 RBIs in 57 games. Her 21 career home runs tie for ninth on the UW all-time career chart with All-American Kim DePaul (1998-2001) and she is six home runs away from the No. 7 spot held by All-Americans Sara Pickering (1994-97) and Jenny Topping (1999-2000). Tyson also ranks No. 7 on the UW career walks list with 86 free passes. She is three walks away from the No. 6 spot held by three-time All-American Jaime Clarke (89, 2000-2003).

CHASING CHARTERS: Ashley Charters 9-for-11 stolen bases this season, which ranks second in the Pac-10. She has 76 career stolen bases and is five steals away from the No. 5 spot held by Becky Newbry (81/91, 1996-99). Charters also leads the team with 16 runs scored, which ties for sixth in the Pac-10.

SEEING TRIPLE: Ashley Charters hit her seventh career triple two weeks ago to move into the No. 7 spot on the UW all-time list. She is tied with Jennifer Spediacci, Mindy Williams and Amanda Oleson. She is one triple away from the No. 6 spot held by Rosie Leutzinger (8, 1997-00).

MANUFACTURING RUNS: Washington has manufactured most of its runs this season, leading the Pac-10 with 20 sacrifice bunts and six sacrifice flies. The Huskies had 20 sacrifice hits all of last season in 60 games and five sacrifice flies.

WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 15th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (Feb. 28). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 170 datings. Washington's streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also includes smaller streaks of 66 straight top 6 rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 69 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01). Washington is ranked 14th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (Feb. 27).

LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Feb. 20 after she chalked up four wins at the USF Wilson Tournament which Washington won with a 5-0 record. She started three games, going the distance in each outing and picked up another win in relief while continuing to strikeout batters at a dominant rate. In the Huskies' first game vs. Eastern Tennessee State, Lawrie entered a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and kept ETSU in check until Washington came up with three runs in the top of the ninth. Lawrie was perfect in her two innings of relief, and fanned five of the six batters she faced. Against host-school and 24th-ranked South Florida, Lawrie powered the Huskies to a 1-0 win by striking out a school-record 20 batters in seven innings. Lawrie allowed only four hits in shutting out the home team. The sophomore broke her own record for single-game strikeouts of 19, set on April 28, 2006 vs. Arizona State. Lawrie also had complete game wins over Hofstra and Wichita State over the weekend, allowing only one run to Hofstra and recording double-digit strikeouts each time in the circle. For the week, Lawrie was 4-0 with an ERA of 0.33. She struck out 51 batters in just 21.0 innings pitched, giving up 14 hits and walking seven. Lawrie averaged 17 strikeouts per seven innings.

HUSKIES WIN USF WILSON INVITATIONAL: Washington won the USF Wilson Invitational after winning all five of its games, Feb. 17-19. The Huskies opened the weekend with a 5-2, nine inning victory over East Tennessee State and a 8-1 romp of Hofstra. Washington also recorded victories over Florida A&M, 11-0 in five innings, host and 24th-ranked USF, 1-0, and Wichita State, 9-0 in five innings. Washington out-scored its opponents 34-3 over the weekend.

HUSKIES CAPTURE SHARE OF MUSTANG CLASSIC TITLE: Washington opened the season with a 3-1 record at the Cal Poly Mustang Classic last week. The Huskies split a pair of extra-inning games vs. Cal Poly, winning the opener 4-3 in eight innings, before dropping the nightcap, 7-6 in nine innings. Washington capped off the tournament with a 3-1 win over Santa Clara and a 4-0 shutout against Sacramento State to share the tourney title with Cal Poly who also finished the weekend 3-1. Sophomore Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff with a 2-0 record with a 1.45 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 15 innings. Junior Caitlin Noble went 1-1 from the circle, earning the shutout against Sacramento State and leading the Huskies at the plate with four RBIs. Sophomore Marnie Koziol led the UW offense with a .400 average (4-for-10) and junior Ashley Charters recorded a hit in all four games.

HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Washington ISP Sports Network, will carry 10 Husky softball games during the regular season and will carry all postseason games. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his 10th season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers color commentary for his seventh season with the Dawgs. All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com.

TWO HUSKIES NAMED TO POTY WATCH LIST: Washington senior Dominique Lastrapes and junior Ashley Charters are among 50 Division I players named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. Lastrapes is named to the list for the third consecutive year, while Charters is named to the list for the first time. The award, given out by the Amateur Softball Association, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden and three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman.

UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches. Head Coach Heather Tarr, who begins her third season at the helm of the UW program, returns eight starters for the 2007 campaign, including two All-Americans. Arizona, the defending national champion, was predicted to win the conference title, receiving 47 points, followed by UCLA (45), Arizona State (35), Oregon State (32), Stanford (21), Cal (18) and UW (18), and Oregon (8).

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 18-player Washington roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and eight starters. The 2007 team is comprised of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen. Eleven players hail from Washington, five from California, one from Oregon and one from British Columbia.

HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington player, embarks on her third season at the helm of the Husky Softball team. She has led UW to back-to-back NCAA Super Regional appearances and has helped mold three All-Americans and a Pac-10 Player of the Year. Under her guidance, Washington has won six All-Pacific Region honors and 12 All-Pac-10 awards. The Huskies have also collected 24 wins over top-25 opponents over the last two seasons. Tarr has a career record of 78-48 at Washington.

2006 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Last season, Washington swept through the Provo Regional as a No. 1 seed with tournament MVP Danielle Lawrie not allowing a run in three starts. The Huskies advanced to the Austin Super Regional where they fell to Cat Osterman's Texas Longhorns to just miss out on the WCWS berth. Junior second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and sophomore utility Ashley Charters each earned third team All-America honors and five players received All-Pac-10 honors. Washington finished the season with a 35-25 overall record and a No. 15 national ranking. The Huskies tallied 11 wins over opponents ranked in the top-25, including victories over No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford.

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