Softball Falls To No. 7 ASU, 2-1

March 31, 2007

SEATTLE-- The seventh-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils used to two-run sixth-inning home run by Bianca Cruz to come from behind and defeat the 12th-ranked Huskies 2-1 Saturday in front of 509 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. The loss dips Washington to 22-9 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while ASU improves to 36-7 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

The game pitted two of the nation's best pitchers against one another in ASU's Katie Burkhart and Washington's Danielle Lawrie (13-5) and the hurlers lived up to the hype. Burkhart (18-5) gave up one run on five hits and struck out 11, while Lawrie allowed two runs on four hits and fanned 10.

Lawrie retired the first nine batters she face, including five via strikeout before allowing her first base runner in the fourth with a hit batsman. The Sun Devils recorded their first hit of the day in the fifth frame with a bunt single by Jackie Vasquez and ASU loaded the bases with a pair of walks but an infield pop-up got Lawrie out of the inning unscathed.

Washington had base runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth innings but didn't break through until the fifth frame when junior All-American Ashley Charters belted a solo home run- her second of the season- over the centerfield wall to give UW the 1-0 lead.

ASU answered in the sixth when Katie Cochran singled to the pitcher and Cruz followed up with her ninth home run of the season to give the Sun Devils the 2-1 lead and eventual win.

Charters tried to work a seventh-inning miracle with a two-out 11-pitch at-bat which resulted in a walk. She then stole second base- her second swipe of the game- to put herself into scoring position. Burkhart worked her way out the inning with her 11th strikeout of the day to seal the Arizona State victory.

Washington rounds out weekend play with a game vs. ASU Sunday at 1 p.m.

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