Softball Comes From Behind To Defeat California, 4-2

April 20, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif.-- The 11th-ranked Washington softball team used back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and a pair of runs in the eighth to come from behind and defeat the California Golden Bears 4-2 Friday at Levine-Fricke Field. The Huskies improve to 28-12 on the season and 5-4 in the Pac-10, while Cal dips to 26-24 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

The Golden Bears struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the fourth inning on three hits, including a two-RBI single by Vernae Sevilla, to take the 2-0 lead.

The lead stuck until the seventh inning when senior Dena Tyson launched a leadoff home run over Cal's secondary fence to cut the Golden Bear's lead to one. Junior Lauren Greer then worked a 1-2 count before belting a game-tying home run over the right field fence.

The home runs were the 13th for Tyson and third Greer this season and marked the third time Husky batters have hit back-to-back home runs this year.

Washington tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth with RBI singles by Tyson and Greer to seal the UW victory. Ashley Charters reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to third on a stolen base and passed ball. After a walk to Dominique Lastrapes, Tyson singled up the middle to score Charters. Greer followed with a single into right-centerfield to score Lastrapes and put UW on top for good, 4-2.

Sophomore Danielle Lawrie (17-7) earned the win as she held California to two runs on four hits with 13 strikeouts.

Lauren Frankiewicz (13-12) took the loss as she allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. Brittany LaRosa pitched one inning of relief and gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout.

Washington returns to action Saturday with a 5 p.m. game at Stanford. The game will be televised live on CSTV.

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