Softball Upends No. 10 Oregon, 7-2

April 13, 2007

EUGENE, Ore.-- The 12th-ranked Washington softball team pounded 11 hits and used a 15-strikeout performance by sophomore Danielle Lawrie to defeat 10th-ranked Oregon 7-2 Friday afternoon at Howe Field. The win improves Washington's record to 26-10 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10, while Oregon dips to 37-6 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies jumped out to the 2-0 lead in the second inning when Lawrie helped her own cause with a two-run home run over the left field wall. The towering blast- her sixth home run of the season- scored senior Dena Tyson who had reached base on a leadoff single.

The Ducks threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with back-to-back singles by Joanna Gail and Lovena Chuput and a walk to Amie Morris but Lawrie fanned Suzie Barnes to get out of the jam unscathed.

Lawrie kept the Oregon offense in check, striking out the side in the third and fanning two in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Washington pushed its lead to 4-0 in the sixth on a two-run home run by Tyson that struck the right field scoreboard. The home run marked her team-leading 10th of the season and scored All-American Dominique Lastrapes who had led off the inning with a single to right field.

The Ducks strung three singles together in the sixth inning to score a run and proceeded to load the bases with a walk but Lawrie got a weak come-backer to the circle to end the inning and preserve the 4-1 lead headed into the seventh.

Washington used five hits to score three insurance runs in the seventh and push its lead to 7-1. Senior Nicole Moojen sparked the rally with a single to centerfield, followed by back-to-back singles by freshman pinch hitter Bailey Stenson and junior All-American Ashley Charters. Sophomore Marnie Koziol then hit a bases clearing double to chase Oregon starter Alicia Cook from the game. Melissa Rice took the circle in relief and after issuing a walk to Lastrapes and single to Tyson, used a runner's interference call and ground out to get out of the inning.

Oregon scored one run in the bottom of the seventh when Lawrie's fellow Canadian National Team teammate Jenn Sailing battled back from two strikeouts earlier in the day to hit a solo home run- her 10th of the season- over the left-centerfield wall. Lawrie got a fly-out and her 15th strikeout of the game to seal the UW victory.

Lawrie improves to 16-6 on the season as she allowed two runs on six hits. Cook (18-2) took the loss as she gave up seven runs on 10 hits and struck out four.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 action Saturday when they take on the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live through the Washington ISP Sports Network on the Dawg Channel on GoHuskies.com.

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