#11 Softball Splits at LSU Tiger Classic
Feb. 18, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La-- The 11th-ranked Washington softball team (7-2) split a pair of games Saturday at the LSU Tiger Classic. The Huskies handed Mississippi Valley State a 3-0 loss before falling to 25th-ranked LSU 2-0 in the nightcap. Washington pitchers Danielle Lawrie and Caitlin Noble had strong performances for the Dawgs, each holding their opponents to three hits.
The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead vs. Mississippi Valley State in the opener with a two-RBI double by Sarah Hyatt to right centerfield. The hit scored Marnie Koziol and Ashley Charters who had reached base on a walk and a single.
Washington scored another run in the sixth frame with a solo home run by Dena Tyson over the centerfield wall. The blast marked Tyson's first of the season and 11th of her career.
Lawrie (5-0) struck out a career-high 15 batters, one shy of the school record set by Noble last season. The shutout marked her second of the year.
Noble and Tiger hurler Dani Hofer pitched a classic pitcher's duel through four innings in the nightcap before LSU's Andrea Smith connected for a one-out solo home run in the fifth frame that hit the left field foul pole. It was the first hit surrendered by Noble in the game.
Washington threatened in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs but Hofer caught pinch hitter Ashlyn Watson looking at strikes to end the inning.
LSU scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on two hits. Quinlan Duhon hit a two-out single through the left side of the infield and pinch hitter Erika Sluss stole second base. Stephanie Hill then hit an RBI-single into centerfield to score Sluss for the 2-0 lead and eventual win.
Noble (2-2) took the tough loss as she scattered three hits, walked four and struck out eight. Hofer (3-0) got the win despite a near identical performance as Noble. Hofer gave up three hits, walked four and struck out seven.
UW stranded seven base runners in the game, while LSU left five on base.
Washington, who falls to 3-1 in the tournament, picks up the No. 2 seed for Sunday's championship bracket and will play at 9:30 a.m. The winner of that game will play for the tournament title at 2 p.m.
LINE SCORENon-Conference#11 Washington 0, #25 LSU 2Washington.......... 000 000 0 - 0 3 0LSU................. 000 011 X - 2 3 1Noble and Matthews.Hofer and Roessner.WP - Hofer (3-0). LP - Noble (2-2).
LINE SCORENon-ConferenceMississippi Valley State 0, #11 Washington 3Miss. Valley St..... 000 000 0 - 0 3 1Washington.......... 200 001 X - 3 8 0Stouder and Hays.Lawrie and Matthews.WP - Lawrie (5-0). LP - Stouder (0-2).
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