Huskies Down Oregon State, 3-1
April 14, 2007
CORVALLIS, Ore.-- The 12th-ranked Washington softball team defeated 16th-ranked Oregon State Saturday afternoon, 3-1, at the OSU Softball Complex. Junior Caitlin Noble picked up the win, while senior Dena Tyson belted her 11th home run of the season en route to the Husky victory. UW improves to 27-10 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers dip to 32-13 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10.
Washington struck first, scoring one run on two hits in the third inning. Senior Nicole Moojen sparked the rally with a stand-up double to right field and scored on a RBI-single by freshman Alyson McWherter to give UW the 1-0 lead.
The Huskies added another run in the fourth inning on a pair of hits. Sophomore Marnie Koziol led off with a single to centerfield and moved to second base on a sacrifice hit by Dominique Lastrapes. Tyson then laced an RBI-single up the middle to score Koziol and give Washington the 2-0 advantage.
Noble kept the OSU offense in check, allowing just one hit through three innings, before the Beavers broke through with one run in the bottom of the fourth on two hits. Brianne McGowan led off with a double to left-centerfield and was replaced by pinch runner Alana Ford. DeAnn Young then delivered an RBI-single through the right side to cut Washington's lead to 2-1.
Sophomore Danielle Lawrie came into the game in relief a got into a jam in the sixth, loading the bases with a walk to two hit batters. She froze Sherina Galvan on strikes and got Paige Lowe to pop-up to Tyson at first base, however, to end the threat.
Tyson led off the seventh inning with a solo home run over the right field wall to push UW's lead to 3-1. The homer marked her team-leading 11th dinger of the season.
Oregon State went down in order in the bottom of the seventh as Lawrie picked up her third save of the season. She held OSU to no runs on one hit with four strikeouts in three innings.
Noble (11-3) earned the victory as she gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts in four innings.
Ta'Tyana McElroy (10-6) took the loss as she allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Washington and Oregon State return to action Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the Washington ISP Sports Network through the Dawg Channel on GoHuskies.com.