Noble's Two-Hitter Lifts Huskies to Sweep of Oregon
May 9, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Caitlin Noble pitched a two-hitter and Morgan Stuart went 3-for-4 to lift No. 24 Washington past Oregon, 7-1, in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Howe Field. The Huskies picked up a 5-2 win in the first game and are now 28-22-1 and 7-13 in the Pac-10.
On her 22nd birthday, Noble sat the Ducks down in order in each of the first three innings and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Noble struck out four, walked just one and allowed one earned run to improve to 12-8.
The Huskies had a 3-0 lead going into the sixth when Oregon's Ashley Kivett led off with a home run to left field to cut the Huskies lead to 3-1.
Washington broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh on four hits, including three straight doubles.
A double by Jace Williams to deep centerfield scored Watson before Stuart hit a long single off the top of the fence in left center to score Williams and put Washington up 7-1.
The Huskies tallied 11 hits off of two Oregon pitchers. It was their highest hit total in conference play this season.
Two of Stuart's three hits were doubles, Blake was 2-for-3 after going 2-for-2 in the first game, and Watson was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Melissa Rice (11-11) took the loss for Oregon after giving up six hits, three runs, and two walks in four innings of work. All three of Rice's runs were earned. Brittany Rumfelt pitched the final three innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk.
The two teams finish up the season series with a 1:30 p.m. game tomorrow that will air on Fox Sports Northwest.
Notes: Washington has won five in a row over Oregon and has a 41-13 lead all-time in the series ... The Huskies improved to 10-2 against Oregon under head coach Heather Tarr ... Blake and Williams both have 12 doubles, which leads the team ... Koziol had a stolen base in the seventh inning, giving her a team-best 22.