Noble Pitches Huskies Past Missouri

Feb. 24, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE - Senior pitcher Caitlin Noble pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the No. 22/23 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington Huskies past Missouri, 6-0, on Sunday morning at the Lobo Invitational. The game was picked up in the bottom of the second inning after it was postponed on Friday evening due to rain.

The Huskies (7-5-1) were leading 2-0 in the bottom of the second when rain forced the teams to their dugouts. After a 45 minute delay, the game was postponed until this morning.

Washington's only two seniors stood out against the Tigers, as Noble limited Missouri (8-6) to just five hits and fellow senior Lauren Greer hit a two-run home run in the first inning, her third of the year, and also had an RBI on a sacrifice flyout in the Huskies three-run third inning.

The Huskies other two runs in the inning came on a two out double by Noble that brought home Jace Williams, who had doubled earlier in the inning, and Morgan Stuart, who had walked.

Washington increased its lead to 6-0 in the sixth inning on an RBI-groundout by Williams that scored Amanda Fleischman from third base.

Williams finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double, and Marnie Koziol scored a pair of runs. Noble pitched seven innings, walking six and striking out eight Missouri hitters to improve to 6-3 on the season.

Washington finished the three-day tournament with a 3-1 record and won its last two games after a disappointing loss to Wichita State yesterday morning.

'This weekend we battled well as a team and improved,' said UW head coach Heather Tarr.

'Caitlin Noble carried us all weekend on the mound, while Lauren Greer, Bailey Stenson and Jace Williams contributed in key offensive situations.'

Williams continues to swing a hot bat in her freshman campaign, as she hit .500 (7-for-14) with two RBI in the tournament and is now hitting .519 on the year. Stenson finished the tournament with a .462 average (6-for-13), while Greer had a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

Next weekend they will host three teams for the Husky Softball Classic. The tournament, which will run from Feb. 29 - Mar. 2, will bring in No. 1 Alabama, Nevada and Portland State.

The Huskies swept Alabama last season in the Seattle Super Regional to advance to the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2004 and the eighth time in school history. Washington opens the tournament with a 3:30 p.m., game against Portland State.

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