UW Falls To Arizona In WCWS Semis To Force Second Game
June 3, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- A two-run double by Arizona's Sam Banister broke open a scoreless tie to defeat the Washington softball team 2-0 Sunday in the Women's College World Series semifinal and force a second-and-deciding game tonight at 4 p.m. (PT) with the winner advancing to the championship series.
Sophomore ace Danielle Lawrie surrendered her first two earned runs of the series in 18 innings with the sixth-inning hit. She has held opponents to a .069 batting average, three runs and four hits with 28 strikeouts in three games.
Washington had its chances, stranding eight runners on the day, including runners on third base in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Lawrie and UA hurler Taryen Mowatt were in the midst of a pitcher's duel throughout the day with Lawrie giving up three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts and Mowatt allowing four hits and five walks with eight strikeouts.
Washington put runners on base in the first and third innings but its first real threat came in the fourth when it used a walk to Lauren Greer and a single up the middle by Alicia Matthews to put runners on first and third with two outs. Mowatt was able to get Lawrie to pop-up to the circle, however, and the Wildcats escaped the inning without a run crossing the plate.
The Huskies threatened again in the fifth when All-American Ashley Charters walked, stole second base and advanced to third base when catcher Callista Balko's throw to second sailed into centerfield. All-American Dominique Lastrapes then worked a full count walk to bring up UW power hitter and first team All-American Dena Tyson. Tyson worked a full count before striking out to end the inning.
Arizona, meanwhile, had just one hit until the sixth inning rally. After Lawrie struck out UA power-hitter Kristie Fox, Jeana Leles picked up her second hit of the game with a bloop single to right-centerfield that fell just out of reach of a diving Jacki Hansen. Balko popped up an attempted bunt for the second out of the inning and Laine Roth drew a full count walk to put runners on first and second. Banister worked a 1-2 count before driving a pitch into right-centerfield to score two runs- a lead that held for the eventual 2-0 Arizona victory.
Mowatt sat the Huskies down in order in the top of the seventh, including a fly out by Charters to left centerfield and a line out to third base by Lastrapes.
Lawrie (32-11) took the loss, despite holding the Wildcats to just two hits and fanning eight. Mowatt (39-11) earned the win as she held UW to no runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
The teams will have a short rest before squaring off again at 4 p.m. (PT) in a game to air live on ESPN and on KKNW 1150 AM. The winner of the game will advance to the best-of-three championship series vs. the winner of the Northwestern/Tennessee semifinal, while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
Washington has never won a national title in softball but was runners-up in 1996 and 1999.