Huskies Upend No. 6 LSU, Win Husky Softball Classic
March 4, 2007
SEATTLE-- For the second straight day, Washington's pitching and hitting proved too much for sixth-ranked LSU as the 14th-ranked softball team handed the Tigers their second loss in as many days. Washington closed out the Husky Softball Classic with a 3-0 mark to win the tournament title. LSU finished the tournament with a 2-2 record, while Portland State was 0-3.
The victory lifts Washington to 15-2 on the season, while LSU dips to 21-3.
A two-run fourth inning by the Huskies gave UW the 4-3 lead and the team never trailed again. An RBI-single by All-American Dominique Lastrapes scored Dani Stuart to even the score at 3-3, and a sacrifice fly by Alicia Matthews scored All-American Ashley Charters to give the Huskies the 4-3 lead.
Senior Dena Tyson belted her sixth home run of the season in the sixth frame, a three-run dinger to straight away centerfield, to give Washington the 6-3 cushion and eventual win.
Sophomore ace Danielle Lawrie came into the game in relief in the top of the fifth and shut the Tiger offense down. She allowed just one hit over three innings and struck out five to earn her first save of the season.
Junior Caitlin Noble (5-1) earned the victory as she held LSU to three runs (one earned) and six hits over four innings with nine strikeouts.
Dani Hofer (8-1) took her first loss of the season as she gave up six runs on six hits with seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Washington opened the game with a run in the first inning when Charters walked and scored on a Lawrie single.
The Tigers evened the score in the top of the second inning when Kristen Hobbs reached base on an error and scored on a double by Andrea Smith.
The Huskies answered in the bottom half of the frame, when Hofer issued Tyson and bases loaded walk to give UW the 2-1 advantage.
LSU continued to battle, scoring one run in the third and another in the fourth to take the 3-2 lead but it was short lived as Washington took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth.
Four Huskies were named to the all-tournament team, including Most Valuable Player Lawrie, Tyson, Charters and Marnie Koziol. Other members of the all-tournament team included Portland State's Laura Segall and LSU's Killian Rossner, Dee Dee Henderson, Leslie Klein and Emily Turner.
Lawrie finished the weekend with a 2-0 record and a save. She gave up no earned runs over 17 innings with 38 strikeouts. Lawrie also held opponents to a .056 average and allowed just one extra-base hit. She also hit .333 (3-for-10) with a home run.
Tyson led the team with a .500 average (4-for-8) and drove in a team-leading six runs. She finished the weekend with a home run, .875 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage.
Charters hit .444 (4-for-9), scored seven runs and had three RBIs from her game-winning, extra-inning home runs vs. LSU Saturday.
Koziol also hit .444 (4-for-9), scoring two runs and recording two sacrifices.
Washington is now 3-1 against top-25 competition and 2-1 against top-10 opponents.
The team returns to action next week when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take part in the Big 12/Pac-10 Face Off, March 9-11. The Huskies will take on Texas Tech, coached by former Washington head coach Teresa Wilson, and Missouri in pool play.
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