Softball Falls To Fresno State At Kia Klassic

March 19, 2005

FULLERTON, Calif. - After a two-hour forty-minute rain delay, the 14th-ranked Washington softball team (16-9) took the field against No. 21 Fresno State in the opening round of the championship bracket of the Kia Klassic. The Huskies struggled on defense, committing four errors and walking eight en route to the 8-3 loss.

Fresno State put two runners across the plate in the first inning on just one hit. Freshman hurler Caitlin Noble walked two batters and a UW error loaded the bases. Rachael Donaldson then hit a sharp ground ball through the left side of the infield to score two and give the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead.

Washington came back in the bottom half of the frame, knotting the score at 2-2 with a two-run home run by Sarah Hyatt. Hyatt hit a full-count change-up over the centerfield fence to score Rivera who had walked. It marked Hyatt's eighth home run of the season.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the second inning, scoring two runs on two hits and two errors. Fresno State put two runners on base with walks by Noble and reliever Ashley Boek and both runs scored on errors.

The Huskies threatened in the fifth frame, loading the bases with a Ashley Charters single, a fielder's choice and a walk. FSU All-American Jamie Southern worked her way out of the jam with her 10th strikeout of the game to preserve the 4-2 Bulldog lead.

Fresno State pulled away in the sixth inning with a three-run home run by Christina Clark over the left-centerfield fence. The blast scored Jenna Cervantez and Kristy Villasenor who had reached base with a hit-by-pitch and error. UW walked the next two batters to trigger a Washington pitching change. Noble re-entered the game and used a fielder's choice and double-play to get out of the inning trailing 7-2.

The Huskies chipped at the Bulldog's lead in the sixth, scoring one run on a home run by freshman Lauren Greer. The shot marked the first home run of Greer's career and cut FSU's lead to 7-3.

Fresno State scored another run in the seventh inning on one hit to go up 8-3. Donaldson led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Shauna Johnson single to left field.

Noble (6-4) took the loss for Washington as she gave up four runs on two hits and four walks in three innings.

Southern (9-2) earned the win as she scattered seven hits and struck out 11.

The Huskies stranded eight runners on base, while Fresno left seven.

Charters had two hits in the game to extended her hitting streak to 10 games.

Washington will conclude tournament action tonight with a consolation game against Oklahoma at 8:30 pm.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Fresno State........ 220 003 1 -  8  6  1Washington.......... 200 001 0 -  3  7  4-----------------------------------------FSU- Southern and Willis.UW- Noble, Boek (2), Noble (6) and Rivera.

E - Clark; CHARTERS(6); LASTRAPES 2(3); COURY(5). DP - Huskies 2. LOB - Bulldogs 7; Huskies 9. HR - Clark; HYATT(8); GREER(1). HBP - Cervantez. SH - Villasenor. SB - CHARTERS(20). CS - NOBLE(1).

Win - Southern (9-2). Loss - NOBLE (6-4). Save - None.WP - NOBLE(10). HBP - by BOEK (Cervantez).

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