Huskies Run Rule Oregon 8-0 To Sweep Series
April 29, 2007
SEATTLE-- No. 11 Washington used a one-hit shutout by ace Danielle Lawrie and five extra-base hits to run rule Oregon 8-0 in six innings Sunday in front of 804 fans to complete the three-game sweep against the Ducks. The Huskies improve to 32-13 overall and 9-6 in the Pac-10, while Oregon dips to 39-14 overall and 4-11 in conference play.
Washington scored four runs in the first inning and four more in the sixth to end the game via the mercy-rule. All the while, Lawrie kept the Ducks off balance, giving up just one hit-- a bloop single to Joanna Gail in the fifth-- while striking out 10.
The Huskies raced out to the 4-0 lead in the first inning on two hits. All-American Ashley Charters led off with a walk, stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice by Marnie Koziol. All-American Dominique Lastrapes then punched a single between third and short stop to drive in Charters. Senior Dena Tyson worked a walked before sophomore Lauren Greer blasted a double off the left-centerfield wall to score Lastrapes and move Tyson to third. Tyson scored on a wild pitch and Greer came in to score on a ground out to the right side by Lawrie as UW went up, 4-0.
Washington tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning to end the game prematurely. Tyson sparked the rally with a lead off home run-- her 17th of the season-- over the right-centerfield wall. Greer followed, reaching base on a fielding error by the second baseman. Lawrie doubled to left-center and a ground out to the short stop by pinch hitter Dani Stuart scored pinch runner Jacki Hansen. Freshman Amanda Fleischman drew a full-count walk and Charters hit a two-run walk-off double to lift UW to the 8-0 victory.
Lawrie (21-8) earned the win as she held Oregon to one hit, struck out 10 and walked none.
Melissa Rice (21-12) took the loss as she gave up eight runs on six hits with six walks and no strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
With a 9-6 Pac-10 record, Washington moves into a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings with Arizona State and UCLA.
The Huskies return to action next week when they host Stanford and California, May 4-6. Washington opens the weekend vs. Stanford on Friday at 1 p.m.