Softball Blanks No. 7 ASU, 1-0
April 1, 2007
SEATTLE-- The 12th-ranked University of Washington softball team upset seventh-ranked Arizona State Sunday when senior Dena Tyson scored on a passed ball with two outs in the seventh inning. The win improves the Huskies record to 23-9 on the season and 1-2 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 36-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
For the second straight day, the Huskies and Sun Devils were in the midst of a pitcher's duel, first between Megan Elliot and Caitlin Noble through the first four innings and then between relievers Katie Burkhart and Danielle Lawrie.
The Huskies had just one hit on the day- a third inning single by Lauren Greer- but were able to put runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh inning when Tyson drew a leadoff walk and Lawrie was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Dani Stuart successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third and Burkhart's first offering to Greer got past catcher Kristen Miller and Tyson was able to slide home safely head first to seal the Washington victory.
ASU had three hits on the day and stranded six base runners. The Sun Devils left two runners on base in the second, third and fourth innings, including a runner on third in the third frame but all three times Noble worked her way out of the jams.
Lawrie entered the game for the Huskies in the top of the fifth inning and shut the Sun Devil offense down, not allowing a base runner and striking out six, including the side in the sixth. She improves to 14-5 on the season.
Burkhart (18-6) took the tough loss as she held Washington to one run on no hits and struck out four in 2.2 innings.
The Huskies continue Pac-10 action next week when they take on UCLA in Los Angeles April 6-7.