12th Ranked Softball Blasts Portland State
April 12, 2007
PORTLAND - The 12th-ranked University of Washington softball teamused a 14-strikeout performance from junior Caitlin Noble along withfive Portland State errors to defeat the Vikings Thursday evening 6-1 atErv Lind Stadium. The Huskies improve to 25-10 on the season, while PSUdips to 17-23.
The Huskies got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning on twohits and an error. Junior Lauren Greer led off the frame with a singleto left-centerfield and Alyson McWherter reached base on an error by theshortstop. Greer and McWherter successfully executed a double steal andan infield single by junior All-American Ashley Charters scored Greer togive Washington the 1-0 lead.
The Huskies tacked on three more runs in the third inning with two hitsand three Viking errors. Dena Tyson and Danielle Lawrie sparked therally with back-to-back walks and Greer followed with a deep fly ball tocenterfield that was dropped allowing pinch runner Kristin Shumaker toscore. McWherter kept the rally going when she beat out a two outinfield single with a head first slide and picked up her first careerRBI when pinch runner Sheila Reiten scored on the play. Senior NicoleMoojen, making her first appearance of the season, followed with a linedrive to right field to score Greer and put UW on top 4-0.
Portland State finally broke through in the fifth inning when StephanieBean singled through the left side, advanced to second on a wild pitchand scored on an RBI-single by Kimi Daniel to cut Washington's lead to 4-1.
The Huskies added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings with asacrifice fly by Tyson and a solo home run by freshman pinch hitterAmanda Fleischman. The homer marked Fleischman's first of the season andher second extra-base hit in the Purple and Gold.
Junior Caitlin Noble (10-3) earned the complete game victory as she heldthe Vikings to one run on six hits and fanned a season-high 14 batters.The total fell just shy of her career-best of 16 strikeouts set in 2005.
Janice Damo (0-4) took the loss as she gave up six runs on five hits andstruck out five.
The Huskies return to Pac-10 action Friday with a 4 p.m. game againstthe Oregon Ducks. The game will be broadcast live on the Dawg Channel onGoHuskies.com via the ISP Sports Network.