Softball Splits In Waco

March 3, 2006

WACO, Texas-- The 13th-ranked Washington softball team (13-4) split a pair of games Friday to open the Compass Invitational hosted by Baylor. The Huskies defeated Bowling Green, 4-3, in the opener, before falling to Mississippi State, 3-0.

Washington scored all four of its runs vs. Bowling Green in the top of the third inning. Dominique Lastrapes sparked the rally with a two-out home run over the left field wall. Ashley Charters followed with a single to left field and stole second base. Sarah Hyatt then doubled to left centerfield to score Charters and Dena Tyson capped off the inning with a full-count two-run home run to put UW in top 4-0.

Bowling Green answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Abby Habicht led off with a walk and Jeanine Baca singled down the right field line to move Habicht to third. Megan McPherson drew a full-count walk to load the bases and Gina Rango hit a two-run single. McPherson was thrown out on the play in a run-down but Rango was able to advance all the way to third base. Allison Vallas then doubled down the right field line to plate Rango and cut Washington's lead to 4-3.

Freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie got herself out of the jam with two foul outs to end the inning and she held on for the win.

Lawrie improves to 8-1 on the season as she gave up three runs on six hits and struck out six. Liz Vrabel (3-1) took the loss as she gave up four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in six innings.

In the nightcap, Mississippi State pushed two unearned runs across in the first inning on a hit and an error. Haley Guess led of with a walk and Nakita Boyce singled through the left side of the infield. Caitlin Noble hit Courtney Bures with a pitch to load the bases and a run scored on a fielding error by shortstop Nicole Moojen. Calley Williams hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score another run and put MSU on top, 2-0.

The Huskies threatened in the sixth inning with back-to-back singles by Marnie Koziol and Lastrapes. Charters sacrificed the runners to second and third but the Bulldogs got out of the inning with a fielder's choice and a pop-up to the shortstop.

Mississippi State scored an insurance run in the seventh inning with a leadoff double by Blair Geddings and an RBI-single by Guess to take the 3-0 lead and eventual win.

Noble (5-3) took the loss for Washington as she scattered seven runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts. Stephanie Comeaux (8-0) earned the win as she held Washington to four hits and struck out six.

The Huskies continue tournament action Saturday when they take another shot at Mississippi State at 12:30 p.m., before facing host #18 Baylor at 3 p.m.

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