Washington Goes 2-1 On Final Day of Husky Softball Classic
March 2, 2008
SEATTLE - No. 25 Washington closed out the Husky Softball Classic on Sunday by going 2-1, including wins over Portland State and Nevada. Junior outfielder Marnie Koziol earned MVP honors after hitting .462 with five runs scored and five stolen bases.
The Huskies picked up a 2-0 win over Nevada in the morning and then knocked of PSU, 10-2, in five innings, before beating defeated by PSU, 4-2, in eight innings in the tournament finale. Washington's record now stands at 10-6-1.
In the win over Nevada (12-7), Koziol went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases, and Aleah Macon pitched a complete-game shutout to improve to 3-2 on the season. Macon scattered six hits, walked five and struckout eight.
Alicia Blake put the UW up 1-0 early in the first inning on a single to centerfield that drove home Koziol, who had singled and stolen second base. Koziol later scored the Huskies other run of the game on an RBI-single by Jace Williams.
Nevada threatened in both the sixth and seventh, but Macon was able to get out of bases-loaded jams in both innings.
In the sixth, Nevada loaded the bases with one out, but Macon got pinch-hitter Michelle Beach to ground into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, the Wolf Pack loaded the bases with no outs, but Macon got back-to-back strikeouts before getting Kym Silagyi to flyout to left field to end the game.
The Huskies 10-2 win over PSU came in a game that had been suspended on Friday due to rain. Play was picked up in the bottom of the second inning with the Huskies up 4-0. Washington quickly added to that lead on a two-run home run by Alicia Blake, her second of the game, as they finished the second inning with a 7-0 lead.
Caitlin Noble pitched five innings, giving up just three hits and two unearned runs. She walked four and struckout six to up her record to 7-3.
Portland State, which had lost its first four games of the tournament, rebounded in the afternoon for the 4-2 win over Washington.
The Vikings scored a single run in the fourth inning before Washington's Dani Stuart belted her first home run of the season over the left field fence to knot up the score at 1-1.
In the first extra inning, though, PSU managed to score two runs and Washington wasn't able to answer in their half of the inning, giving PSU its first win ever over the Huskies in the 33-game series that dates back to 1993.
Every UW starter managed a hit in the game and Macon struck out 10 in a complete-game effort. She gave up five hits, four walks and two earned runs to fall to 3-3.
Koziol was one of three Huskies named to the nine-player all-tournament team. Her .462 average and five stolen bases were both tournament-best marks, while her five runs tied for the lead with PSU's Jamee Rauch, who was also named to the all-tournament team.
Joining Koziol on the team from Washington was Williams and Macon. Williams hit .364 with two runs scored and four RBI, while Macon finished with a 2-1 record, a 0.67 ERA and a tournament-high 29 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.
Also on the team were Portland State's Arielle Wiser, Alabama's Charlotte Morgan and Jordan Praytor, and Nevada's Noelle Micka and Katie Holverson.
The Huskies went 3-1 at the Husky Softball Classic, with their other victory being a 6-3 win over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide went 2-1, Nevada finished with a 2-2 mark and PSU went 1-4.
Washington now heads to Honolulu this week for the four-day Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament hosted by the University of Hawai'i. The Huskies open with a 2 p.m. PT game against Netherlands on Thursday.