Softball Falls To Cal State Northridge, 5-1

March 16, 2007

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FULLERTON, Calif.-- A first inning two-run home run was all the scoring Cal State Northridge needed Friday as the Matadors upset the 12th-ranked Washington softball team 5-1 at the Judi Garman Classic. UW falls to 18-7 on the season, while CSNU improves to 12-9-1.

All five of CSUN's runs were unearned as it took advantage of two Washington errors.

Sophomore ace Danielle Lawrie struck out the first two batters of the game before Jaclyn Rymer reached base on a dropped fly ball in centerfield. Amanda Peek then took Lawrie's 0-1 offering and sent it over the centerfield fence to put the Matadors on top, 2-0.

The Huskies threatened in the second inning, loading the bases on consecutive singles by Alicia Matthews, Lawrie and Lauren Greer but a pair of UW pop-outs squashed Washington's scoring opportunity.

The Huskies finally broke through in the third inning, scoring one run on an RBI-triple by Dominique Lastrapes to cut the Cal State Northridge lead to 2-1 but Washington would get no closer as it stranded seven base runners on the day.

The Matadors posted three more runs in the fourth inning on four hits and an error to chase Lawrie from the game.

Lawrie (11-3) took the loss as she allowed five runs on six hits and fanned 10 in 3.2 innings. Caitlin Noble pitched 2.1 innings of relief and held CSUN to no hits and struck out five.

Mercedes Lovato (7-6) earned the win, holding UW to one run on seven hits and striking out four.

Washington advances to the consolation bracket and will face Pacific Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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