Heather Tarr Gets 100th Career Win As Huskies Down UCLA, 8-3
April 25, 2007
SEATTLE-- The 11th-ranked Washington softball team exploded for 11 hits Wednesday to easily defeat the 12th-ranked UCLA Bruins in front of 484 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. The win marked the 100th career victory for head coach Heather Tarr and improved Washington's record to 30-12 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-10. UCLA dips to 30-13 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-10 as UW takes the series 2-1 and moves into sole possession of third place in the conference standings.
Washington has now surpassed its Pac-10 win total from last season with nine games remaining on the conference slate. The Huskies went 6-15 in the Pac-10 in 2006, including 10 one-run losses. This season, Washington has out-scored its league opponents 56-41 and has improved its runs per game average to 4.6 vs. last season when the Huskies were out-scored 56-42 and averaged just two runs per game.
The Huskies tagged UCLA starter Anjelica Selden for two runs in the first inning on just one hit. Sophomore Marnie Koziol sparked the rally with a single to left field and stole second base. All-American Dominique Lastrapes followed with a walk and senior Dena Tyson reached base on a throwing error by Selden, which allowed Koziol to score. Danielle Lawrie then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Lastrapes and put UW on top, 2-0.
Washington erupted for five more runs in the second inning, chasing Selden and reliever Lisa Dodd from the circle before registering the second out of the inning. Freshman Alyson McWherter kicked off the inning with a walk, triggering a pitching change to Dodd. All-American Ashley Charters then belted a 3-0 pitch over the centerfield wall, her fifth home run of the season, to give Washington the 4-0 lead.
The Huskies proceeded to load the bases with an error on a Koziol hit, a single by Lastrapes and walk to Tyson. Dodd got Lauren Greer out on strikes for the first out of the inning before Lawrie singled into shallow left-centerfield to drive in Koziol and chase Dodd from the circle. UCLA brought in Megan Langenfeld in relief and she gave up an RBI-single to Alicia Matthews. McWherter then singled to centerfield to score another run and put the Huskies on top, 5-0.
UCLA broke through with two runs in the third inning on three hits to cut Washington's lead to 5-2. The Bruins loaded the bases with a lead off bunt single by Tara Henry, a walk to Krista Colburn and single to Jaisa Creps. Dodd then hit into a fielder's choice, which scored Henry, and a double by Jodie Legaspi scored another run. Tarr pulled starter Caitlin Noble from the game after a two-out walk and Lawrie came into the game and struck out Whitney Holum to end the inning.
Washington scored an insurance run in the fourth inning with a two-out double by senior Nicole Moojen and RBI-single by McWherter to push the Huskies' lead to 8-2.
Lawrie kept the Bruin hitters in check, facing the minimum in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI-single by Creps. Lawrie tallied two strikeouts in the inning and used a come-backer to the circle to seal the UW 8-3 victory.
Lawrie (19-7) picked up the win as she held UCLA to one run on two hits in 4.1 innings with six strikeouts. Her season strikeout total now stands at 302, marking just the third time a UW pitcher has posted 300 or more strikeouts in a season. Lawrie set the school record with 387 strikeouts last season and All-American Jennifer Spediacci collected 316 strikeouts in 2000.
Selden (16-8) took the loss as she allowed three runs on one hit in one inning of work.
Washington continues Pac-10 action when it hosts Oregon State on Friday at 1 p.m.