#11 Softball Finishes Second At LSU Tiger Classic

Feb. 19, 2006

BATON ROUGE, La. - The 11th-ranked Washington softball team (8-3) split a pair of games Sunday on the final day of the LSU Tiger Classic. UW defeated Eastern Michigan 1-0 in the semifinal before falling to 25th-ranked LSU 4-0 in the championship game.

The Huskies finish the tournament with a 4-2 record, with Ashley Charters, Sarah Hyatt and Danielle Lawrie each being named to the all-tournament team. Charters led the team with a .471 average, eight hits and four runs scored. Hyatt hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and five RBIs and Lawrie went 2-1 from the circle with a pair of shutouts and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

Washington defeated Eastern Michigan 1-0 in the opener. The Huskies scored their first and only run of the ballgame in the first inning when Charters walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the middle by Hyatt.

Sophomore pitcher Caitlin Noble held the Eagles to just two hits through four innings before being struck in the head by a line drive in the fifth by Heather Giroux. Noble left and game and was replaced by Lawrie. Lawrie held Eastern Michigan to one hit in 2.1 innings and struck out two batters to pick up the save. Noble (3-2) earned the win as she held EMU to three hits in 3.1 innings with three strikeouts.

The Huskies, who were looking to avenge an earlier loss to LSU on Saturday, fell on the short end of a 4-0 ballgame against the Tigers. LSU held the slight 7-6 edge in hits but the Tigers took advantage of costly pitching mistakes to post four runs.

LSU, who lost the coin toss and was the visiting team in the championship game, got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. Lauren Castle reached on a fielder's choice and moved to third base on a double by Leslie Klein. Vanessa Soto followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Castle. On appeal, Klein was call out for leaving second base early on the play, which ended the Tiger rally.

The Tigers tacked on another run in the third inning when Castle doubled up the middle and scored on two wild pitches.

LSU scored an insurance run in the sixth inning with a single up the middle by Klein, who scored on a two-out double by Quinlan Duhon to go up 3-0.

The Huskies put runners into scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth innings but were unable to score a run as LSU hurler Emily Turner got out of the innings with a fly ball and two strikeouts.

LSU scored another run in the seventh inning on one hit, a sacrifice and two illegal pitches. Killian Roessner led off with a single to right field and advance to second base on an illegal pitch. Huskies' head coach Heather Tarr got ejected from the game on the play. Roessner moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on yet another illegal pitch to make the score 4-0.

Alicia Matthews led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and moved to second on a ground out but the Huskies could not hit her in.

Lawrie (5-1) suffers her first loss of the season as she scattered seven hits and struck out one. Turner (4-0) picked up the win with six hits allowed and six strikeouts.

The Huskies make their home debut Feb. 25-26 when they host Santa Clara and Utah Valley State at the Husky Fever Classic. Washington will face Santa Clara at 11:15 a.m. and Utah Valley State at 1:30 p.m. each day. Santa Clara and Utah Valley State will square-off at 9 a.m. both days.

LINESCORELSU Tiger Classic SemifinalEastern Michigan 0, vs #11 Washington 1Eastern Michigan.... 000 000 0 -  0  4  1Washington.......... 100 000 X -  1  4  1Lloyd and Grens.Noble, Lawrie (5) and Matthews.WP - Noble (3-2). LP - Lloyd (0-2). Save - Lawrie (1).
LINESCORELSU Tiger Classic Final#25 LSU 4, #11 Washington 0LSU................. 101 001 1 - 4 7 0Washington.......... 000 000 0 - 0 6 0Turner and Killian.Lawrie and MatthewsWP - Turner (4-0). LP - Lawrie (5-1).

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