Huskies Fall To California, 7-1

May 5, 2007

SEATTLE-- The Washington softball team collected seven hits Saturday but stranded 10 base runners as it fell to California 7-1 at Husky Softball Stadium in front of 604 fans. The loss dips Washington to 33-14 on the season and 10-7 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears pick up their fourth straight victory to improve to 32-27 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10.

Washington and California each tallied seven hits but the Golden Bears used four extra-base hits, including a triple and two home runs to roll to the victory.

Junior hurler Caitlin Noble got off to a great start, striking out the first four batters she faced before getting touched for two runs in the second inning on a two-RBI triple by Julie Meyer. The hit scored Bernice Masaniai and Vernae Sevilla who had reached base on walks.

Masaniai pushed the Golden Bear's lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a solo home run over the left-centerfield fence, marking her 10th home run of the season.

Washington broke through in the fifth, scoring one run on one hit. Junior All-American Ashley Charters led off with a single to right field and stole second base. A sacrifice by Marnie Koziol moved her to third and Charters was able to score on a wild pitch to cut Cal's lead to 3-0.

The Golden Bears surged ahead in the sixth inning with two runs on two hits and an error Gina Leomiti sparked the rally with a leadoff double to trigger a UW pitching change. Washington ace Danielle Lawrie entered the game in relief and walked Masaniai and the runners advanced to second and third when an attempted pick-off throw by Alicia Matthews ricocheted off the bat of Katie Vickers. Vickers then singled up the middle to score two and put the Bears on top, 5-1.

California tacked on two more runs in the seventh on a two-run home run by Leomiti to give the Golden Bears the 7-1 lead and eventual victory.

Charters finished the day going 3-for-4 with a run scored and three stolen bases.

Noble (11-5) took the loss as she allowed four runs on five hits and struck out six in five innings.

Marissa Drewrey (11-5) earned the win as she held Washington to one run on five hits with three strikeouts over five innings.

Washington and California wrap-up the three game series Sunday with a 1 p.m. game. The game marks the final home appearances for four UW seniors, including Jacki Hansen, Dominique Lastrapes, Nicole Moojen and Dena Tyson. The series is knotted at 1-1.