Washington Softball Defeats Chattanooga In NCAA First Round

May 20, 2004

ATHENS, Ga.- The top-seeded Washington softball team (37-16) tallied 11 hits this evening en route to the 4-1 victory over No. 8 seed Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Huskies will take on No. 5 Michigan State Friday at 3 p.m. The Spartans defeated fourth-seed Texas A&M 5-1 earlier today.

'It's good to get the first win under your belt, said coach Steve Dailey. 'I was a little worried coming in because I didn't think they qualified as an eight seed. I felt they were more like a six.

'We didn't allow them to post that first run and get the momentum (with a play a the plate in the fifth). It worked for us and put the momentum on our bench.'

Washington opened the bottom half of the first inning with three hits but could not score a run. Dominique Lastrapes led off the frame with a single to the pitcher and Aimee Minor followed with a ground ball up the middle. After a Husky fielder's choice, Kristen Rivera belted a single through the left side to load the bases. Chattanooga hurler Lacey Swarthout struck out the next batter and got a fielder's choice to end the threat.

The Lady Mocs led off the second inning with a single by Leslie Barrow to right field. Robyn Johnson then laid a bunt down toward the mound that Ashley Boek fielded but her throw to second was late. Solid defense got the Huskies out of the jam with two fielder's choices and a ground out.

Chattanooga pressured Washington's defense in the fifth inning as Bren Favor reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a hit-and-run single that got passed the shortstop who had broken for second base. Teri Herbert then singled through the left side and Favor attempted to score on the play. UW centerfielder Rita Roach came up throwing and picked Favor at the plate to end the inning.

Washington got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the frame with two runs. Lastrapes led off the frame with a single into centerfield and was sacrifice to second by Minor. Sarah Hyatt the singled to right field. The Lady Mocs attempted to intentionally walk Rivera but Swarthout's first pitch out was wild and went over the catchers head. Lastrapes scored in the play to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead and pinch runner Jessica Wilkinson advanced to second base on the play. Kathy Fiske then singled up the middle to score Wilkinson and give the Huskies the 2-0 lead.

The Lady Mocs rallied in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with a single by Melissa Ramirez and a pair of walks to trigger a meeting on the mound with coach Scott Centala. Boek settled in to record the next two outs with a pop-up to Rivera and a fielder's choice.

Washington scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits and an error. Lastrapes picked up her fourth hit of the night with a single to right field and advanced to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. Minor then stole second base and Hyatt doubled into the left centerfield gap to score two and push Washington's lead to 4-0.

Chattanooga battled back in the bottom of the seventh inning with three consecutive singles to lead off the frame. Ramirez then ground out to the second baseman but not before Favor scored to cut Washington's lead to 4-1. Barrow continued the rally, drawing a full count walk to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Boek got Johnson to pop-out to the shortstop and a fielder's choice to third base ended the game.

The Huskies stranded 10 runners on base, while Chattanooga left 11.

Boek (26-11) earned for win for Washington as she scattered eight hits and struck out six. Swarthout (28-18) took the loss as she gave up 11 hits and struck out three.

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