Huskies Loose Heartbreaker To Oregon State, 5-4

April 15, 2007

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CORVALLIS, Ore.-- The Oregon State Beavers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset 12th-ranked Washington softball, 5-4 Sunday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex. Washington falls to 27-11 overall and 4-4 Pac-10, while OSU improves to 33-13 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies posted a run in the top of the first when All-American Ashley Charters led off with a triple and was driven in by All-American Dominique Lastrapes. Charters triple marked the ninth of her career, which moves her into the No. 5 spot on the UW all-time list.

The Beavers answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning on one hit. Cambria Miranda hit a two-out single to centerfield and moved to third on a stolen base and wild pitch. Brianne McGowan walked and drew the thrown to second on an attempted steal. She got into a run down and Miranda was able to score before McGowan was tagged out to knot the score at 1-1.

Washington threatened in the second inning when Lauren Greer led off with a single and moved to third on a single to centerfield by Danielle Lawrie. A ground out by Alicia Matthews put runners on first and third but a pair of Husky ground outs ended the inning.

Lawrie kept the OSU offense off balance, face just three Beavers each inning, before giving herself some breathing room in the fourth with a leadoff home run over the right-centerfield wall. The homer marked her seventh of the season and gave Washington the 2-1 advantage.

The Huskies scored two more runs in the fifth inning to go up 4-1 on a two-run home run by senior Dena Tyson. The homer, her 12th of the season and third in the last four games, also scored Lastrapes who had reached base on an infield single. Washington threatened even more runs with a walk to Lauren Greer and single by Lawrie but a line out to left field by Matthews and a fly out by Nicole Moojen at the centerfield warning track got OSU out of the jam.

Lawrie faced the minimum in the fifth and sixth frames but got into trouble in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single to Dani Chisholm before hitting the next three batters with pitches to bring a run in. Lawrie then gave up a two-run single through the right side to DeAnn Young to tie the game at 4-4 and trigger a UW pitching change. Caitlin Noble entered the game in relief and got the first out of the inning with a ground out at third base. She issued a full-count walk to Sherina Galvan to load the bases but got the second out of the inning at the plate with a come-back to the circle. Noble again worked a full count vs. Mia Longfellow but threw ball four to allow the winning run to come in as Oregon State earned the 5-4 victory.

Lawrie (16-7) takes the tough loss as she allowed five runs on four hits with three strikeouts in six innings. Oregon State reliever Ta'Tyana McElroy improves to 11-6 on the season as she allowed no runs and no hits in 0.2 innings of work.

The Huskies return to action next week when they face California and Stanford on the road, April 20-22.

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