Softball Heads To Tempe

March 7, 2007

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UP NEXT: The No. 10/11 (ESPN.com/NFCA) Washington softball team (15-2) returns to the road this week when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take part in the Pac-10/Big 12 Faceoff, March 9-11. The Huskies will play a pair of games vs. Texas Tech and Missouri on Friday and Saturday. Host Arizona State is the fourth and final team set to participate in the tournament.

WASHINGTON WINS HUSKY SOFTBALL CLASSIC: Washington went 3-0 at the Husky Softball Classic to win their home tournament title. The Huskies defeated Portland State 15-0 in five innings, before upending sixth-ranked LSU twice, 3-1 in nine innings and 6-3. Sophomore pitcher Danielle Lawrie was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after going 2-0 with a save over the weekend with a 0.00 earned run average. She finished the weekend with 38 strikeouts in 17 innings (2.23 k/inning). Lawrie threw a complete game shutout vs. Portland State on Friday, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 in five innings. She took a perfect game into the ninth inning on Saturday against No. 6 LSU before an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up over the first baseman and fell in for a hit. She earned the complete game, one-hit victory with 20 strikeouts, tying her own school record, and no walks. Lawrie earned the save on Sunday vs. No. 6 LSU, pitching three innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit and fanning five. She also went 3-for-10 from the plate (.333), driving in three runs and belting her third home run of the season. Other Huskies named to the all-tournament team were Dena Tyson, Ashley Charters and Marnie Koziol. 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.

LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK- AGAIN: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has earned the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award twice this season, most recently for her performance at the Husky Softball Classic, March 2-4. Lawrie, the Pac-10's leading strikeout artist, continued to overwhelm opposing batters last week, earning two wins and a save in three appearances as the Huskies captured the Husky Softball Classic title. Washington easily defeated Portland State, 15-0 on Friday, then picked up consecutive upset wins over No. 7/6 LSU on Saturday and Sunday. In Friday's opener against Portland State, Lawrie rolled through five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while the Husky offense helped make quick work of the Vikings. Lawrie struck out 13 and hit a home run. Facing the Tigers, who were 17-1 on the season coming in, Lawrie dominated, carrying a perfect game into the ninth inning on Saturday before an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up over the first baseman and fell for a hit. LSU scored its first run on an error that inning, but the Huskies came back with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning to give Lawrie the win. In her nine innings, Lawrie allowed just the one hit and unearned run, while walking zero and tying her personal and program record for strikeouts with 20. The next day, Lawrie entered the game with LSU in the fifth inning to hold UW's lead, and earned the save with three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five. For the weekend, Lawrie pitched 17 innings and two complete games, gave up three hits and no earned runs, walked five and struck out 38. Lawrie has tallied double-figure strikeouts in all 10 starts this season and leads the league with 153 in just 74.0 IP.

Lawrie was also 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.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
TEXAS TECH (13-8, 0-0 Big 12)
Series vs. Washington: Washington leads the all-time series 3-0, including a 6-0 victory in 2004
Notes: The Texas Tech Red Raiders went 2-3 last week at the Cal State Fullerton Worth Invitational. The team defeated Nevada (3-2) and San Diego State (7-0) and lost to No. 8 Northwestern (3-2), No. 8 Stanford (2-1) and Cal Poly (4-2). TTU is led by Ashley Parker and Jennifer Corkin at the plate. Parker boasts a .411 average 930-for-73) with21 runs scored, 12 runs batted in and nine stolen bases. Corkin has a .367 average (18-for-49) with three home runs and 18 RBIs. Ashley Jacobs headlines the pitching staff with a 10-5 record, 1.94 earned run average and three shutouts. She has struck out 85 batters in 90.1 innings and holds opponents to a .230 average.

MISSOURI (14-9, 0-0 Big 12)
Series vs. Washington:
Washington leads the all-time series 2-0, including a 3-2 win in 2001 and 2-0 victory in 1999.
Notes: The Missouri Tigers had a bit of a set back last week, dropping three straight games to third-ranked Arizona after winning the Clarion Inn Lady'Back Invitational with a 6-0 mark the week before. Two of those losses to the Wildcats came by just one run. Leann Bowers leads the team with a .362 average with three home runs and 19 RBIs, while Micaela Minner has a .348 average with three home runs and 20 RBIs. Amanda Renth leads the squad with five home runs and 24 RBIs. The pitching staff has four consistent contributors with 11 or more appearances, while Missouri hurlers have thrown just three complete games. Jen Buck headlines the staff with a 5-1 record, while Megan Dennis has a team-low 3.31 earned run average with a shutout.

STREAKING START: Washington has won seven games in a row, marking the longest current streak in the Pac-10. Senior Dena Tyson and sophomore Marnie Koziol have been instrumental in that streak, both boasting averages in the .500's with 10-game hitting streaks. The 10-game hitting streak is a career-best for Tyson, while Koziol is chasing her personal best of 14 consecutive games with a hit set last season.

1-2-3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has a 10-1 record this season and averages 14+ strikeouts per seven innings, which ranks tops in the Pac-10. She has struck out 20 batters twice this season, surpassing her own school record of 19 strikeouts set last season. Lawrie fanned 20 vs. No. 24 USF in seven innings on Feb. 18 and struck out 20 vs. No. 6 LSU in nine innings on March 3. She leads the Pac-10 with 153 strikeouts and ranks second in earned run average (0.66), batters struck out looking (36) and wins (10). Lawrie has tallied double figure strikeouts in all 10 starts this season, which also leads the conference. She has twice been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week this season and ranks fourth on the UW all-time list with 540 career strikeouts.

DYNAMO DENA:Senior Dena Tyson leads the Huskies with a .552 average (16-for-29) with six home runs and 20 RBIs. She boats a 1.172 slugging percentage and .690 on-base percentage with 13 walks. Last season, Tyson hit six home runs and drove in 23 RBIs in 57 games. Her 22 career home runs rank ninth on the UW all-time career chart and she is five 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 88 free passes. She is one walk away from the No. 6 spot held by three-time All-American Jaime Clarke (89, 2000-2003). Tyson ranks second in the Pac-10 in home runs (six) and is seventh in walks (13). Her average would lead the Pac-10 but she is 13 at-bats short of the minimum 2.5 at-bats per game.

CHASING CHARTERS: Ashley Charters ranks among the league's top-10 in six categories. She ranks third in runs scored (23), fifth in stolen bases (10-for-12), sixth in on-base percentage (.529) and seventh in walks (13) and batting average (.421). Charters has stolen 70 career bases in 79 attempts to rank sixth on the UW all-time list. She is two steals away from the No. 5 spot held by Becky Newbry (81/91, 1996-99).

SEEING TRIPLE: Ashley Charters hit a triple in the season opener vs. Cal Poly 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 23 sacrifice bunts and seven sacrifice flies. The Huskies had 20 sacrifice hits all of last season in 60 games and five sacrifice flies. Sophomore Marnie Koziol leads the Pac-10 with seven sacrifice hits, while senior Jacki Hansen ranks second with six sacrifice hits. Sophomore Alicia Matthews leads the conference with four sacrifice flies.

WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies jumped four spots to No. 11 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (March 7) after winning their seven-consecutive games, including a pair of wins over No. 6 LSU over the weekend. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 171 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 tied for 10th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (March 6) with Northwestern.

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.

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 three All-America nods, six All-Pacific Region honors and 12 All-Pac-10 awards. The Huskies have also collected 27 wins over top-25 opponents over the last three seasons. Tarr has a career record of 81-48 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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