Softball Splits On First Day Of Pac-10/Big XII Face-off

March 9, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz.-- The 10th ranked University of Washington softball team split a pair of games Friday to open play at the Pac-10/Big XII Face-off. The Huskies defeated Texas Tech 1-0 in the opener before falling to Missouri 10-8 in extra innings. The loss snapped the Huskies' eight-game win streak and moved the team to 16-3 on the season.

Washington took game one with a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech. The Huskies scored the lone run of the game in the first inning when junior All-American Ashley Charters led off with a single up the middle and scored on an error.

Sophomore pitcher Danielle Lawrie (11-1), the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, earned the victory as she gave up just one hit-- a single to Jennifer Corkin in the sixth inning-- and struck out 15. The shutout marked her fifth of the season.

The Huskies had all the momentum in the nightcap vs. Missouri, taking a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning after solo home runs by All-American Dominique Lastrapes, senior Dena Tyson and sophomore Alicia Matthews.

Sophomore hurler Caitlin Noble kept the Tigers in check throughout the first six innings, allowing just one hit before giving up three runs on four hits in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Amanda Renth got the Missouri rally started with a one-out single up the middle. Minner followed with an RBI-double down the left field line and Sarah Stinger followed with an infield single. Kathy Masterson then laced a double to left field to tie the game at 3-3 before Noble worked her way out of the inning with a pair of ground outs.

The Huskies scored one run in the eighth inning with the international tie breaker rule in effect and a runner beginning the frame on second base. With Alyson McWherter on second base, Noble laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third. Senior Jacki Hansen then singled through the left side of the infield to give Washington the 4-3 lead.

With the Huskies in the lead, Lawrie entered the game in relief. Amy Henke started on second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Leanne Bowers walked and Andee Allen hit a sharp ground ball to second base. Lastrapes fielded the ball and made the throw home but Henke slide in under the tag to even the score at 4-4. Lawrie sat the next two batters down in order with a strikeout and ground out to get out of the inning.

Washington scored two runs in the top of the ninth on just one hit. With Charters on second base, Marnie Koziol laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her to third. After a fly out, Tyson was intentionally walked to face Matthews who belted a two-run double to right-centerfield to put Washington on top, 6-4.

Missouri continued to battle in the bottom half of the frame, again responding to Washington's surge and scoring two runs of its own. With Stringer on second base, Masterson drew a full count walk. Allison Kennewell then put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. After a strikeout by Lawrie, Julie Silver hit an infield single to the 5-6 hole to score Stringer. Bowers then singled up the middle to plate Masterson and send the game into the 10th inning.

Washington once again scored two runs in the frame, this time on two hits. With Lauren Greer on second base, Lawrie sacrificed her to third. Dani Stuart followed with a walk and Hansen hit an RBI-single through the left side of the infield. Charters then doubled to right field to score Stuart and give the Huskies the 8-6 lead.

Matthews moved from behind the plate to the circle for the bottom half of the 10th in her collegiate pitching debut. With Allen on second base, Matthews intentionally walked Renth. She the walked Minner to load the bases. Stringer popped up to Matthews for the first out of the inning before Masterson took a full count pitch over the left field fence for a walk-off grand slam and 10-8 victory.

Matthews (0-1) took the tough loss, while Jana Hainey picked up the win. Hainey allowed seven runs on eight hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts.

The Huskies continue tournament action Saturday when they face Missouri and Texas Tech once again. Washington opens play vs. Missouri at 11 a.m. (PT).

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