Huskies Close Out Pac-10 Season At ASU & Arizona
May 8, 2007
UP NEXT: The No. 11/11 (NCFA/ESPN) Washington softball team (34-14, 11-7 Pac-10) closes out the Pac-10 season on the road this week, playing Arizona State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Arizona on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The Huskies are currently in a tie for second place in the conference standings with ASU. Arizona has already clinched the Pac-10 title, its 10th, and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW: The Huskies will learn their postseason fate on Sunday, May 13 when the NCAA announces the 64-team field on ESPNews at noon. The sixteen regional sites will be announced at that time. Washington has made 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in its 15-year history, including seven trips to the Women's College World Series.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
ARIZONA (38-10-1, 14-3-1 Pac-10)
Series vs. Washington: The Arizona Wildcats lead the all-time series 49-16 and have won the last nine games in a row vs. the Huskies. Washington's last win vs. UA was a 7-6 victory in Seattle in 2004.
Notes: The Arizona Wildcats clinched their 10th Pac-10 title and fourth in the last five years with a 2-0 victory over Oregon State last Sunday. Four players have averages over .300, including Caitlin Lowe who ranks fourth in the conference with a .438 average. The Wildcats are also led by Chelsie Mesa (.365), Adrienne Acton (.316) and Kristie Fox (.316). Fox leads the team with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs, while Mesa ranks second with 11 doubles and 35 RBIs. Taryne Mowatt headlines the pitching staff with a 30-8 record and 1.51 earned run average. She has 385 strikeouts in 259.2 innings with 12 shutouts, while holding opponents to a .152 average.
ARIZONA STATE (47-14, 11-7 Pac-10)
Series vs. Washington: The Huskies lead the all-time series 42-13 including a split vs. ASU in Seattle earlier this season. Arizona State defeated UW 2-1 in the opener, while Washington won the second game 1-0.
Notes: The Arizona State Sun Devils went 2-1 over the weekend, defeating Oregon State and splitting with Oregon. Kaitlin Cochran leads the team and the Pac-10 with a .500 average and a .607 on-base percentage. The team is also led by Mindy Cowles (.309) and Jackie Vasquez (.306). Cowles is tied with Cochran for the team lead with 15 home runs, while she has 50 RBIs. Katie Burkhart headlines the pitching staff with a 28-10 record and 0.90 ERA. She has 404 strikeouts in 249.0 innings.
TARR PICKS UP 100TH CAREER WIN: Third year head coach Heather Tarr earned her 100th career victory on April 25 with a 8-3 victory over UCLA. Her career record now stands at 104-61. Tarr won 35 games in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons and has won 34 games this season.
HOMER HYSTERIA: Senior Dena Tyson ranks second in the Pac-10 with 17 home runs this season, which also ranks sixth on the UW all-time single-season list. Tyson had a stretch of six consecutive games with a home run, leading to back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and the National Player of the Week award. Tyson has 33 career home runs, which ranks sixth on the UW all-time list and isone home run away from tying Kathy Fiske for the No. 5 spot on the UW career list (34, 2002-05).
TYSON AMONG NCAA LEADERS: Dena Tyson ranks among the nation's top-15 in three categories. Her .939 slugging percentage ranks third, while she ranks ninth in home runs per game (0.39) and 11th in batting average (.461).
LASTRAPES NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Senior Dominique Lastrapes has been named one of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their successes in four categories: classroom, character, community and competition. Online voting for this award begins April 26.
LAWRIE ON POTY WATCH LIST: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie is among 25 Division I players named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. It is her second time making the list as she was the nation's only freshman on the 2006 top-50 watch list. Senior Dominique Lastrapes and junior Ashley Charters were on the top-50 list to start the season. The award, given out by the Amateur Softball Association, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden and three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman.
HUSKIES VS. TOP-25: Washington boasts a 4-3 record against non-Pac-10 top-25 competition this season and is one of just two conference teams with a winning record against the nation's best. The Huskies' four wins are the second-most among Pac-10 teams (Arizona 6-6). Washington is 13-10 overall against ranked teams with three wins over No. 10/16 Oregon, two wins over No. 6 LSU and No. 12 UCLA, and victories over No. 7 Arizona State, No. 10 Texas , No. 10 Oregon, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15/16 Stanford (twice), No. 16 Oregon State and No. 24 USF.
IN THE CLUTCH: Dena Tyson leads the Huskies with 44 RBIs, 15 of which have some with two outs. Tyson also led the team with 13 two-out RBIs last season.
SUCCESS IN THE PAC-10: Washington is off to an 11-7 start to the Pac-10 season with three games to play. In 2006, UW went 6-15 in the Pac-10 with 10 of its 15 losses coming by one run. Three of Washington's conference losses this season have come by one run.
1-2-3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has a 23-8 record this season and averages 12.6 strikeouts per seven innings, which tops in the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally. She averages 11.5 strikeouts per seven innings over her career, which ranks fifth on the NCAA all-time list and ranks third among active players. Junior Caitlin Noble ranks 35th on the NCAA all-time list with 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings.
NCAA DIVISION I CAREER STRIKEOUT RATION ( MINIMUM 400 INNINGS/ BOLD INDICATES ACTIVE PLAYER)1. 14.3 Cat Osterman, Texas2. 13.4 Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech3. 11.8 Monica Abbott, Tennessee4. 11.6 Sarah Pauly, Texas A&M Corpus Christi5. 11.5 Danielle Lawrie, Washington
ALMOST PERFECT: Danielle Lawrie has struck out 20 batters twice this season, surpassing her own school record of 19 strikeouts set last season. Lawrie fanned 20 vs. No. 24 USF in seven innings on Feb. 18 and struck out 20 vs. No. 6 LSU in nine innings on March 3.
LAWRIE CLIMBS ALL-TIME STRIKEOUT LIST: Danielle Lawrie has struck out 359 batters this season, which ranks third in the Pac-10 this season and second in the UW all-time single-season list. Lawrie is 28 strikeouts away from her own school record of 387 Ks set last season. Her career total stands at 746 strikeouts, which ranks fourth all-time at UW. Lawrie is seven Ks away from tying for the No. 3 spot held by All-American Tia Bollinger (753, 2001-04). She has tallied double figure strikeouts in 22 of 27 starts this season.
NOBLE APPROACHES 600TH STRIKEOUT: Caitlin Noble is two strikeouts away from becoming just the fifth Husky to join the 600-K Club. Noble has 598 strikeouts to rank fifth on the UW all-time career chart.
NOBLE NO-HITS TEXAS: Junior Caitlin Noble picked up her second career no-hitter March 18 when she shutout No. 8 Texas at the Judi Garman Classic, 4-0. Noble's first no-hitter came in 2005 vs. Kansas. There have been just 25 no-hitters in Washington's 15 year history.
TYSON HITS FOR POWER: Senior Dena Tyson leads the Huskies with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs, which rank second and eighth, respectively in the Pac-10. She leads the conference with a .939 slugging percentage and ranks third with a .583 on-base percentage. Last season, Tyson hit six home runs and drove in 23 RBIs in 57 games.
TYSON HITS FOR AVERAGE: Dena Tyson leads Washington with a .461 average, which ranks second on the UW all-time list. Tyson ranks second in the league in Pac-10 only games with a .510 average. Heading into the 2007 season, Tyson had a .245 career average, including a .296 average as a freshman. Her totals for this season have bumped her career average up to .288.
GREER SEES DOUBLE: Junior Lauren Greer leads the Huskies with 12 doubles this season, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10. Six of those doubles have come during the conference slate, which tops the Pac-10. Greer entered the season with 10 career doubles.
PATIENCE PAYS OFF: Dena Tyson has taken over the No. 4 spot on the UW all-time career walks list (107), surpassing Sarah Hyatt who drew 102 walks between 2003-06. She ranks among the league's top-10 in seven categories including slugging percentage (.939, first), home runs (17, second), on-base percentage (.583, third) and average (.461, third), total bases (108, fourth), walks (32, sixth) and RBIs (44, eighth).
CHASING CHARTERS: Ashley Charters ranks among the league's top-10 in eight categories. She ranks third in triples (3) and stolen bases (30), fifth in runs (48) and hits (63), sixth in batting average (.391), eighth in on-base percentage (.473) and 10th in slugging percentage (.584), total bases (48). Charters has stolen 90 career bases to surpass Tami Storeseth (89/97, 1993-96) for fourth on the UW career list. She is nine steals away from the No. 3 spot held by Angie Marzetta (99, 1993-94).
SEEING TRIPLE: Ashley Charters tripled against Oregon State on April 15, marking her third triple of the season and the ninth of her career to tie for fifth on the UW all-time list with Leanne Rosser (9, 1994-97). Charters is one triple away from moving into the No. 4 spot held by Becky Simpson (10, 1999-2002).
HITTING STREAKS: Sophomore Marnie Koziol put together a 15-game hitting streak, marking the second-longest streak in the Pac-10 this season. Two other Huskies have had double-figure hitting streaks this season including Ashley Charters (11 games) and Dena Tyson (10 games).
MANUFACTURING RUNS: Washington has manufactured many of its runs this season, with 46 sacrifice bunts, which ranks second in the league, and 10 sacrifice flies. The Huskies had 20 sacrifice hits all of last season in 60 games and five sacrifice flies. Sophomore Marnie Koziol ranks second in the Pac-10 with 13 sacrifice hits, while sophomore Alicia Matthews leads the conference with five sacrifice flies, which ties for fifth on the UW single-season list with All-American Sara Pickering (5, 1995). Pickering holds the school record with seven sacrifice flies in 1996 and again in 1997.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: UW maintained its No. 11 ranking in the most recent USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (May 2). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 179 datings. Washington's streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also includes smaller streaks of 66 straight top 6 rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 69 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01). Washington moved up two positions to No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (May 8).
Dena Tyson NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK & REPEATS AS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (April 24): Senior first baseman Dena Tyson was selected as the USA National Collegiate Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week on April 24 after blasting four home runs in nine at-bats over three games to extend her home run streak to six games. Tyson led Washington to a 2-1 record vs. California and Stanford with a .667 average, 2.000 slugging percentage and perfect fielding percentage. She scored five runs and drove in six more of the team's total of 18 runs over the weekend.
Dena Tyson NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (April 18): Washington senior Dena Tyson was named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 10-16 after leading the Huskies to a 3-1 record, including wins over Portland State, Oregon and Oregon State. Against No. 10/11 Oregon, Tyson led the UW line-up with three hits in four at-bats, including her 10th home run of the year as Washington came away with a 7-2 win. Tyson made the difference again on Saturday vs. the 16th-ranked Beavers. She hit an RBI-single in the fourth inning to give UW a 2-0 lead, then after OSU cut the lead to one, Tyson homered to lead off the seventh inning to give the Huskies some insurance and they held on for the 3-1 win. In Sunday's finale, Tyson again went 3-for-4 at the plate with her third home run in as many days. Tyson's fifth inning two-run blast, her 12th of the year, put the Huskies ahead, 4-1, but Oregon State rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to escape with a 5-4 win. For the week, Tyson hit .750 (9-of-12) with four runs, a double, three home runs and seven RBI. The senior slugged 1.583 with an on-base percentage of .733.
LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK- x3: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has earned the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award three times this season, including this week for her performance in four Pac-10 games. She has won the award four times in her career and is the first Husky since All-American Jennifer Spediacci to win the award three times in the same season (2000).
LAWRIE POTW #3 (May 1): Danielle Lawrie earned every decision in a 3-1 week for the Huskies, not allowing more than two runs in any appearance, and fanning 39 batters on the week to move into second on the UW single-season strikeout list with 335 behind her own freshman year total of 387 Ks. On Wednesday, Lawrie led the Huskies to a 2-1 series win over 12th-ranked UCLA, entering in relief and surrendering just two hits and one run over 4.1 innings to qualify for the victory. The only run Lawrie allowed came in the seventh inning with UW leading 8-2. She walked none and struck out six on the day. Lawrie pitched well but suffered from lack of run support vs. Oregon State on Friday. The sophomore threw a complete game, striking out 15 Beavers and giving up two runs on five hits, but the Huskies were blanked, 2-0. Lawrie pitched another three innings of relief on Saturday vs. Oregon, striking out eight and picking up the win despite allowing two runs in Washington's 6-4 victory. Lawrie's best outing came on Sunday, as she threw a one-hit shutout against the Ducks, who had only been blanked in one previous game all season. The only hit she allowed was a bloop single in the fifth inning, and the Huskies run-ruled the Ducks, 8-0, in six innings. She did not issue a walk and fanned 10 batters.
LAWRIE POTW #2 (March 6): Danielle Lawrie also earned the award for her performance at the Husky Softball Classic, March 2-4. Lawrie continued to overwhelm opposing batters, earning two wins and a save in three appearances as the Huskies captured the Husky Softball Classic title. Washington easily defeated Portland State, 15-0 on Friday, then picked up consecutive upset wins over No. 7/6 LSU on Saturday and Sunday. In Friday's opener against Portland State, Lawrie rolled through five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while the Husky offense helped make quick work of the Vikings. Lawrie struck out 13 and hit a home run. Facing the Tigers, who were 17-1 on the season coming in, Lawrie dominated, carrying a perfect game into the ninth inning on Saturday before an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up over the first baseman and fell for a hit. LSU scored its first run on an error that inning, but the Huskies came back with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning to give Lawrie the win. In her nine innings, Lawrie allowed just the one hit and unearned run, while walking zero and tying her personal and program record for strikeouts with 20. The next day, Lawrie entered the game with LSU in the fifth inning to hold UW's lead, and earned the save with three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five. For the weekend, Lawrie pitched 17 innings and two complete games, gave up three hits and no earned runs, walked five and struck out 38.
LAWRIE POTW #1 (Feb. 20): Lawrie was also named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Feb. 20 after she chalked up four wins at the USF Wilson Tournament which Washington won with a 5-0 record. She started three games, going the distance in each outing and picked up another win in relief while continuing to strikeout batters at a dominant rate. In the Huskies' first game vs. Eastern Tennessee State, Lawrie entered a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and kept ETSU in check until Washington came up with three runs in the top of the ninth. Lawrie was perfect in her two innings of relief, and fanned five of the six batters she faced. Against host-school and 24th-ranked South Florida, Lawrie powered the Huskies to a 1-0 win by striking out a school-record 20 batters in seven innings. Lawrie allowed only four hits in shutting out the home team. The sophomore broke her own record for single-game strikeouts of 19, set on April 28, 2006 vs. Arizona State. Lawrie also had complete game wins over Hofstra and Wichita State over the weekend, allowing only one run to Hofstra and recording double-digit strikeouts each time in the circle. For the week, Lawrie was 4-0 with an ERA of 0.33. She struck out 51 batters in just 21.0 innings pitched, giving up 14 hits and walking seven. Lawrie averaged 17 strikeouts per seven innings.
HUSKIES WIN JUDI GARMAN CONSOLATION TITLE: Washington bounced back from an 0-3 record in pool play at the Judi Garman Classic to sweep its three bracket games to win the Consolation Championship. The Huskies did not give up a run in the championship bracket, defeating Pacific 9-0 (six innings), No. 8 Texas 4-0 and NC State 2-0. Washington out-scored its opponents 14-0 in bracket play and out-hit its opponents 29-4. Ashley Charters finished the tournament with a .529 average (9-for-17), while Dominique Lastrapes hit at a .400 clip (8-for-20). Noble tossed a no-hitter vs. Texas and went 2-1 with 29 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
WASHINGTON WINS HUSKY SOFTBALL CLASSIC: Washington went 3-0 at the Husky Softball Classic to win their home tournament title. The Huskies defeated Portland State 15-0 in five innings, before upending sixth-ranked LSU twice, 3-1 in nine innings and 6-3. Sophomore pitcher Danielle Lawrie was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after going 2-0 with a save over the weekend with a 0.00 earned run average. She finished the weekend with 38 strikeouts in 17 innings (2.23 k/inning). Lawrie threw a complete game shutout vs. Portland State on Friday, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 in five innings. She took a perfect game into the ninth inning on Saturday against No. 6 LSU before an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up over the first baseman and fell in for a hit. She earned the complete game, one-hit victory with 20 strikeouts, tying her own school record, and no walks. Lawrie earned the save on Sunday vs. No. 6 LSU, pitching three innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit and fanning five. She also went 3-for-10 from the plate (.333), driving in three runs and belting her third home run of the season. Other Huskies named to the all-tournament team were Dena Tyson, Ashley Charters and Marnie Koziol. Tyson led the team with a .500 average (4-for-8) and drove in a team-leading six runs. She finished the weekend with a home run, .875 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage. Charters hit .444 (4-for-9), scored seven runs and had three RBIs from her game-winning, extra-inning home runs vs. LSU Saturday. Koziol also hit .444 (4-for-9), scoring two runs and recording two sacrifices.
HUSKIES TIE FOR THIRD AT PALM SPRINGS CLASSIC: The Washington Huskies tied for third place at the 26-team Palm Springs Classic, Feb. 23-25, with a 4-1 record. Tennessee and Oklahoma shared the tourney title with 5-0 records. Senior Dena Tyson led all players with a 1.417 slugging percentage and ranked second with a .667 average (8-for-12). She also tied for the tournament lead with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff and ranked third among all pitchers that threw 21 or more innings with a 1.00 earned run average and 35 strikeouts.
HUSKIES WIN USF WILSON INVITATIONAL: Washington won the USF Wilson Invitational after winning all five of its games, Feb. 17-19. The Huskies opened the weekend with a 5-2, nine inning victory over East Tennessee State and a 8-1 romp of Hofstra. Washington also recorded victories over Florida A&M, 11-0 in five innings, host and 24th-ranked USF, 1-0, and Wichita State, 9-0 in five innings. Washington out-scored its opponents 34-3 over the weekend.
HUSKIES CAPTURE SHARE OF MUSTANG CLASSIC TITLE: Washington opened the season with a 3-1 record at the Cal Poly Mustang Classic last week. The Huskies split a pair of extra-inning games vs. Cal Poly, winning the opener 4-3 in eight innings, before dropping the nightcap, 7-6 in nine innings. Washington capped off the tournament with a 3-1 win over Santa Clara and a 4-0 shutout against Sacramento State to share the tourney title with Cal Poly who also finished the weekend 3-1. Sophomore Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff with a 2-0 record with a 1.45 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 15 innings. Junior Caitlin Noble went 1-1 from the circle, earning the shutout against Sacramento State and leading the Huskies at the plate with four RBIs. Sophomore Marnie Koziol led the UW offense with a .400 average (4-for-10) and junior Ashley Charters recorded a hit in all four games.
HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: The Washington ISP Sports Network will carry 10 Husky softball games during the regular season and will carry all postseason games. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his 10th season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers color commentary for his seventh season with the Dawgs. All games will be available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com on the Dawg Channel.
UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches. Head Coach Heather Tarr, who begins her third season at the helm of the UW program, returns eight starters for the 2007 campaign, including two All-Americans. Arizona, the defending national champion, was predicted to win the conference title, receiving 47 points, followed by UCLA (45), Arizona State (35), Oregon State (32), Stanford (21), Cal (18) and UW (18), and Oregon (8).
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 18-player Washington roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and eight starters. The 2007 team is comprised of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen. Eleven players hail from Washington, five from California, one from Oregon and one from British Columbia.
HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington player, embarks on her third season at the helm of the Husky Softball team. She has led UW to back-to-back NCAA Super Regional appearances and has helped mold three All-Americans and a Pac-10 Player of the Year. Under her guidance, Washington has won three All-America nods, six All-Pacific Region honors and 12 All-Pac-10 awards. The Huskies have also collected 34 wins over top-25 opponents over the last three seasons. Tarr has a career record of 104-61 at Washington.
2006 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Last season, Washington swept through the Provo Regional as a No. 1 seed with tournament MVP Danielle Lawrie not allowing a run in three starts. The Huskies advanced to the Austin Super Regional where they fell to Cat Osterman's Texas Longhorns to just miss out on the WCWS berth. Junior second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and sophomore utility Ashley Charters each earned third team All-America honors and five players received All-Pac-10 honors. Washington finished the season with a 35-25 overall record and a No. 15 national ranking. The Huskies tallied 11 wins over opponents ranked in the top-25, including victories over No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford.