Softball Heads To Fullerton To Compete In Judi Garman Classic

March 14, 2007

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UP NEXT: The No. 13/12 (ESPN.com/NFCA) Washington softball team (18-4) hits the road for the fifth time in six weeks to take part in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The tournament will be held on the Cal State Fulerton campus at the dual diamond Titan Softball Complex- Anderson Family Field and the South Field - on Wednesday, March 14, to Sunday, March 18. The tournament features 16 teams meeting face-to-face in a three-day pool play format consisting of four pools of four teams each. Results from pool play will seed a pair of eight-team championship brackets with two winners crowned on 'Championship Sunday' at 1:30 p.m. Washington is pooled with Florida State, Michigan and Cal State Northridge. The Huskies open tournament play on March 15 vs. Florida State at 11:15 a.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. game vs. Michigan. Washington will close out pool play action against Cal State Northridge on March 16 at 1:30 p.m. Washington won the tournament in 2000 and 2004. GameTracker will be available for all games play on the Anderson Family Field, including UW's game vs. Cal State Northridge. GameTracker will the provided at games played on the South Field, wireless internet signal permitting.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
FLORIDA STATE (17-7, 1-2 ACC)
Series vs. Washington:
The series is tied 4-4 with FSU winning the last three games in a row. The teams last met in 2004 at the Women's College World Series where the Seminoles defeated the Huskies 2-0.
Notes: Florida State went 6-1 at the FSU Invitational last week, including a 6-0 win over No. 18 Southern Illinois and a 2-1 loss to No. 21 Georgia. Overall, the team is 2-4 against top-25 competition. Veronica Wootsen headlines the offense witha .413 average (31-for-75) with a team-leading 30 runs and .720 slugging percentage. She has also hit four doubles and five home runs, and is 19-for-21 in stolen bases. Yuruby Alicart boasts at .348 average and leads the team with six home runs and 22 RBIs. FSU has a four-member pitching staff and is led by Melissa May and Tiffany McDonald with 1.30 earned run averages. May has a 5-1 record and three shutouts, while McDonald has a 5-4 record with two shutouts.

MICHIGAN (20-1, 0-0 BIG TEN)
Series vs. Washington:
Washington leads the all-time series 7-6, including a 7-5 victory at the Judi Garman Classic last season.
Notes: The Michigan Wolverines have lost just one game all season, a 2-1 setback to Houston on Feb. 11. Since then, Michigan has reeled off 16-straight wins, including victories over three top-25 teams. Last weekend, the Wolverines went 4-0 at the Jacksonville University Tournament, not allowing a single run and winning via the mercy-rule three times. Alessandra Giampaolo leads the team with a .433 average (29-for-67) and 10 doubles. Rebekah Milian and Teddi Ewing have also been effective on offense and average .368 and .357 averages, respectively. Ewings leads the team with 11 RBIs. Lorilyn Wilson and Nikki Nemitz share pitching duties and combine for a team ERA of 1.00. Wilson has an 11-1 record with four shutouts and 0.80 earned run average with 112 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. Nemitz has a 9-0 record with two shutouts, a 1.29 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (8-8-1, 0-0 BIG WEST)
Series vs. Washington:
The series is tied 5-5. The teams last met in 2004 when Washington won 8-5.
Notes: The Cal State Northridge Matadors are coming off a split with Tennessee-Martin on Monday. Cal State Northridge lost the opener 5-3 before boucing back with the 2-0 shutout victory. Chirstina Saenz leads the offense with a .405 (15-for-37) average, while Amanda Peek (.364, 20-for-55) leads the squad with five home runs and 14 RBIs. Amanda Pitzenberger headlines the three-member pitching staff with a 4-1 record and 2.70 earned run average. She has tallied 40 stikeouts in 44 innings.

STREAKING START: Sophomore Marnie Koziol posted hits in all five UW games last week to push her hitting streak to 15 games, marking a career best and the second-longest streak in the Pac-10 this year. Koziol's previous best was a 14-game hitting streak last season. Two other Huskies have boasted double-figure hitting streaks this season including Ashley Charters (11 games) and Dena Tyson (10 games). Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has hit safely in the last seven games.

1-2-3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has an 11-1 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 a 0.67 earned run average and ranks second with 170 strikeouts and 39 strikeouts looking. Lawrie has tallied double-figure strikeouts in all 11 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 557 career strikeouts.

DYNAMO DENA: Senior Dena Tyson leads the Huskies with a .488 average (21-for-43) with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. She boats a 1.070 slugging percentage and .627 on-base percentage with 16 walks. Last season, Tyson has hit six home runs and drove in 23 RBIs in 57 games. Her 24 career home runs rank ninth on the UW all-time career chart and she is three home runs away from the No. 7 spot held by All-Americans Sara Pickering (27, 1994-97) and Jenny Topping (27, 1999-2000). Tyson also ranks No. 6 on the UW career walks list with 91 free passes and is one free pass away from the No. 5 spot (Sara Pickering, 92, 1994-97). She ranks second in the Pac-10 in home runs and is sixth in walks. Her average would tie for the Pac-10 lead but she is nine 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 (29), fourth in stolen bases (12), seventh in on-base percentage (.500) and eighth in batting average (.400) and ninth in walks (15). Charters has stolen 72 career bases in 81 attempts to rank sixth on the UW all-time list. She is nine 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 many of its runs this season, leading the Pac-10 with 28 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 ranks second in the Pac-10 with eight sacrifice hits, while senior Jacki Hansen ranks fourth with six sacrifice hits. Sophomore Alicia Matthews leads the conference with four sacrifice flies.

WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies slipt one spot to No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (March 13) after going 3-2 over the weekend at the Pac-10/Big XII Face-Off. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 172 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 13th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (March 13).

LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK- TWICE: 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.

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.

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 84-50 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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