Huskies advance to the Championship Bracket.

March 18, 2005

FULLERTON, Calif.-- The 14th-ranked Washington softball team (16-8) defeated DePaul and Penn State today to advance to the championship bracket of the Kia Klassic. The Huskies beat DePaul 11-6 in the opener and Penn State 6-4 in the night cap. The Huskies are the defending Kia Klassic Champions.


The Huskies used nine hits, including a grand slam by Aimee Minor to defeat DePaul 11-6. Washington put the game out of reach in the second inning, scoring six runs with two outs.

DePaul got on the scoreboard first, scoring one run in the top of the first inning on two hits and a UW error.

Washington answered in the bottom half of the frame with a three-run home run by Sarah Hyatt to take the 3-1 lead. The blast, Hyatt's seventh of the year, scored Ashley Charters and Dominique Lastrapes who had walked.

The Blue Demons came back in the second inning, scoring two runs on three hits to knot the game at 3-3. Saskia Roberson and Jessica Evans each had RBI-singles.

The Huskies roared back in the bottom of the second inning, scoring six runs with two outs. Freshman Torie Coury got the rally started, doubling to right field. Jacki Hansen sacrificed her to second base and Charters singled up the middle to score Coury. Lastrapes was hit by a pitch and Kristen Rivera walked to load the bases. Hyatt walked to score Charters. Minor then belted a 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for her first collegiate grand slam to put UW on top 9-3.

DePaul scored one run in the third inning off of reliever Caitlin Noble with a pair of walks and a dropped fly ball in the outfield.

Washington got the run back in the bottom of the third when Charters scored on a Blue Demon error.

UW scored another run in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly by Hyatt to score Charters.

DePaul scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning with three hits but Noble closed out the game with her sixth strikeout of the day.

Noble (6-3) earned the win as she held the Blue Demons to four hits over the last five innings.

Tracie Adix (4-3) took the loss for DePaul as she gave up seven hits and 10 runs over three innings. Former Husky Leslie Scott pitched three innings of relief for the Blue Demons, scattering two hits and striking out two.

Charters finished the game 2-for-3 with four runs scored.

Rivera walked four times, tying the school record for most walks in a game. She also had four walks vs. Arizona State in 2004 and Jenny Topping had four walks against Brigham Young in 2000.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------DePaul.............. 121 000 2 -  6  9  1Washington.......... 361 010 X - 11  9  3-----------------------------------------

DePaul- Adix, Scott (4) and Amundson, Polensky (5).UW- Boek, Noble (3) and Rivera.

E - Evans; CHARTERS 2(5); MINOR(2). DP - Huskies 1. LOB - Blue Demons 8;
Huskies 6. 2B - Polensky; NOBLE(2); COURY(1). HR - HYATT(7); MINOR
(8). HBP - Doezie; LASTRAPES; GREER. SH - HANSEN(3). SF - HYATT(1).

Win - NOBLE (6-3). Loss - Adix (4-3). Save - None.WP - Adix. HBP - by BOEK (Doezie); by Adix (LASTRAPES); by Scott (GREER). PB - Amundson; RIVERA(3).


Washington scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating Penn State 6-4 in the nightcap.

The Huskies scored five runs in the top of the first inning on four hits and an error. Washington loaded the bases with infield singles by Charters and Lastrapes and a walk to Rivera. Hyatt then singled through the left side of the infield to score two runs. Two more runs scored on a PSU error and Lauren Greer singled in Minor to give Washington the 5-0 lead.

The Huskies extended their lead to six runs in the third frame with a solo home run by Minor. It marked her ninth home run of the season and second of the day.

The Nittany Lions got on board in the bottom of the third inning, scoring one run on one hit. Jen Willams reached base on an error and scored on a ground out.

Penn State scored two more runs on the fifth inning on three hits and an error. Willams reached base on an error and scored on a single by Hollee Haines. Jen Acunto singled up the middle and scored on a single by Ashley Esparza.

PSU tacked on one more run in the sixth frame to cut Washington's lead to 6-4. Holly Jackson drew a lead off walk and moved to third on a UW throwing error. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Acunto.

Penn State reliever Missy Beseres kept the Huskies guessing, sitting UW down in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but Washington's lead would hold.

Ashley Boek recorded three straight outs in the bottom of the seventh to seal the Husky victory. She improves to 10-5 as she scattered three hits over four innings with three strikeouts.

Jen Reynolds (2-3) took the loss for the Nittany Lions as she gave up six runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Charters finished the day with four hits and is on a nine-game hitting streak. Five other Huskies had two hits today.

With the pair of wins the Huskies earned the No. 1 seed in the 'B' bracket. UW will face Fresno State Saturday at 11:15 am. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Oklahoma/Arizona game on Sunday at 8:30 am. The losers will play Saturday at 6:15 pm.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Washington.......... 501 000 0 -  6  7  4Penn State.......... 001 021 0 -  4  6  2-----------------------------------------UW- Noble, Boek (3) and Rivera, L'Heureux (2) and Rivera (3).PSU- Reynolds, Beseres (3) and Haines.

E - L'HEUREUX(1); HYATT 2(5); COURY(4); Acunto 2. LOB - Huskies 3;
Nittany Lion 8. 2B - NOBLE(3). HR - MINOR(9). SH -Wolfer. SF -
Acunto. SB - NOBLE(1). CS - Acunto.

Win - BOEK (10-5). Loss - Reynolds (2-3). Save - None.WP - Reynolds.

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