Huskies Down UCLA, 8-6
April 7, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The 12th-ranked University of Washington softball team (24-10, 2-3 Pac-10) pounded 12 hits and took advantage of a five-run fifth inning to defeated UCLA, 8-6 Saturday afternoon in front of 861 fans at Easton Stadium.
Pitcher Danielle Lawrie helped her own cause in the top of the second inning, belting a two-out solo home run over the left-centerfield wall. It marked her fifth home run of the season and gave the Huskies the 1-0 lead.
UCLA battled back in the bottom of the third frame, using a double by Krista Colburn to score Tara Henry and tie the score 1-1.
The Bruins took the 3-1 lead in the fifth inning with a two-out home run by Jodie Legaspi. The blast, her seventh of the season, scored Krista Colburn had who led off the inning with a single to left field.
Washington roared back in the sixth, scoring five runs on six hits and an error. All-American Ashley Charters sparked the rally with a double to left field and scored on a single by Marnie Koziol to chase UCLA starter Megan Langenfeld from the circle. Anjelica Selden came into the game in relief and gave up an RBI single to All-American Dominique Lastrapes. Senior Dena Tyson followed with Washington's fourth consecutive hit with a single through the left side. After a Selden strikeout, junior Lauren Greer blasted a three-run home run to left-centerfield to give the Huskies the 6-3 lead.
The Bruins threatened in the bottom half of the frame with a runner on second and an infield single by Tara Henry. Kaila Shull attempted to score from second on the play but Tyson threw her out at home to end the inning and preserve the three-run Husky lead.
Washington tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh inning on two hits and an error. Charters got the rally started with a leadoff single to right field, followed by a fielding error by Selden. Lastrapes then laced a double to left-centerfield to score two runs and put UW on top 8-3. Whitney Baker came into the game in relief and successfully sat the Huskies down in order to end the inning.
The Bruins attempted a seventh inning comeback, scoring three runs on three hits but junior Caitlin Noble came into the game with the bases loaded to pick up the final two outs of the game and earn her first save of the season.
Lawrie (15-6) earned the win as she allowed six runs on six hits and struck out five in 6.1 innings. Noble held UCLA to one hit and struck out two in 0.2 innings.
Selden (14-6) took the loss as she allowed five runs on six hits with two strikeouts in one inning.
Washington returns to action next week when it travels to Oregon to face Portland State Oregon and Oregon State, April 12-15.