Huskies Take First Place at Louisville Slugger Northwest Classic

Oct. 8, 2007

SEATTLE - After a slow start this past Friday in the opening game of the Louisville Slugger Northwest Classic against Seattle University, the Washington softball team came back the next two days with some outstanding individual performances to take first place in the six-team tournament at the Husky Softball Stadium. Washington opened with a 3-0 win over Seattle on Friday and then went 2-0 on both Saturday and Sunday, finishing as the only undefeated team.

Lower Columbia and Seattle both finished 2-2, Western Washington ended up 1-2, and North Idaho and Central Washington went 1-3 during the tournament. All games were exhibitions.

Despite going 5-0 over the three-day tournament, the Huskies came out flat in their opening game against the Redhawks, committing four errors. But Husky pitchers Caitlin Noble and Aleah Macon combined to hold Seattle to just one hit over 10 innings while striking out 12. Only twice did Seattle advance a runner past second base, and both of those came in the last inning.

Offensively for UW, Marnie Koziol went 2-for-4 and scored a run, and Noble doubled and scored a run.

On Saturday, the Huskies defeated Central Washington, 3-0, and North Idaho, 10-1. Against CWU, Noble pitched five innings, giving up three hits, striking out six while walking one batter. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate. Ashley Charters led the Husky offense, batting 2-for-2 with a double and a triple. Freshman Jace Williams went 2-for-3 for UW.

In the Huskies 10-1 win over North Idaho, Macon fanned 13 NIC batters over six innings, giving up just four hits and walking one. Macon and Lauren Greer both hit 2-for-3, while Bailey Stenson scored three runs.

On Sunday, UW racked up 20 hits, 10 in each game, in their two wins. The Huskies blanked Lower Columbia, 10-0, behind Noble and Macon's five-inning no-hitter. Noble pitched the first four innings, striking out seven, and Macon pitched the last inning, striking out all three LCC batters she faced.

Greer led the Huskies at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a three-run double, while Morgan Stuart added a two-run double, and Ashlyn Watson tripled.

In the Huskies final game, Macon pitched a five-inning no-hitter as UW defeated Western Washington, 6-0. Macon struck out seven and also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Charters had three of UW's 10 hits, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Also for Washington, Koziol and Williams each hit 2-for-2, with one of Williams' hits being a two-run double.

The Huskies finish the fall portion of their 2007-08 schedule when they travel to Brooklyn, NY, this weekend for three games. The Huskies will take on Long Island and Hofstra on Friday, Oct. 12, and finished up with a single game against Long Island on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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