Huskies Open 2008 Season With a Pair of Wins

Feb. 8, 2008

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LAS VEGAS - The Washington Huskies opened up the 2008 season with a pair of convincing victories on Friday at the Sportco Spring Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Huskies started the tournament with a 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago before defeating Texas Tech, 8-1.

The Huskies tallied just three hits in their opener against Loyola-Chicago, but benefited from the seven walks that Ramblers pitcher Amy Solava gave up.

Washington scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the second after pinch runner Amanda Fleischman scored on a wild pitch by Solava.

The Huskies added two more runs in the fourth inning, including a run after Alyson McWherter scored from first base on a throwing error by Ramblers third baseman Angie Funston. The Huskies tacked on their final run on an Alicia Blake RBI-single.

Blake, McWherter and Caitlin Noble each had singles for the Huskies against Loyola-Chicago.

Noble went the distance on the mound, giving up six hits while striking out 10.

In their second game, the Huskies pounded out 13 hits, including a three-run home run by Lauren Greer in the top of the first inning. Washington added a single run in the second inning and then four more in the fifth.

Marnie Koziol started the fifth inning off with a single and then advanced to third base on a single to right field by Bailey Stenson. Blake singled home Koziol with Stenson moving up to third. Caitlin Noble then knocked in Stenson for the Huskies second run of the inning.

Blake came around to score an RBI-ground out by Greer before Noble scored on an RBI-double by Dani Stuart.

Stenson finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Noble and Greer both went 2-for-4. Greer finished with four RBI and also had a double in the seventh inning.

Also for Washington, freshman Morgan Stuart singled in the second inning for her first hit as a Husky, McWherter added a double and Fleischman singled in the sixth inning.

Noble pitched all seven innings, striking out six while giving up six hits and one earned run.

Huskies head coach Heather Tarr complimented the pitching of Noble and the play of her first-year starters, including McWherter, Stenson, Fleischman, Dani Stuart and Morgan Stuart.

'It was a great outing for us,' said Tarr. 'We finished better than we started. Caitlin carried us through both games, which was impressive. It was also good to see some of the rookies out there making an impact.'

The Huskies win over Loyola-Chicago makes them 12-4 in their 16 season openers. Washington returns to action tomorrow with two more games at the tournament. They take on host UNLV at 4:45 p.m., and the face the Canadian National Team at 7 p.m. Team Canada features UW junior Danielle Lawrie, who is redshirting this season while playing for her native country as they prepare for the 2008 Olympics.

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