Softball Falls To #18 Aggies In JGC Semifinal

March 19, 2006

FULLERTON, Calif.-- The 15th-ranked Washington softball team lost to No. 18 Texas A&M, 4-1, Sunday in the semifinal of the Judi Garman Classic. Holly Ridley's two-run home run in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winner. The Huskies finish the tournament with a 3-2 record, including two victories over top-10 teams.

UW hurler Danielle Lawrie kept the Aggies off balance through three innings, allowing no hits and striking out five before giving up a leadoff single in the fourth.

Texas A&M took the 2-0 lead in the fifth inning on Ridley's homer. The hit scored Jami Lobpries who had reached base on a leadoff double that found its way into the left field corner.

Washington answered in the top of the sixth, scoring one run on a hit and an error. Dominique Lastrapes led off with a single to left field and Ashley Charters followed with a walk. Lastrapes and Charters executed a double steal and with two outs, Lastrapes scored on a fielding error by third baseman Jamie Hinshaw to cut TAM's lead to 2-1.

The Aggies scored two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth off of relief pitched Caitlin Noble. Amanda Scarborough led off with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second base. Rocky Spencer then doubled to left centerfield to score pinch runner Joy Davis. Spencer moved to third on a ground out and scored on a fielder's choice to put A&M on top, 4-1.

Washington went quietly in the seventh as Scarborough sat the Huskies down in order.

Lawrie (13-5) took the loss for UW as she allowed two runs on six hits over five innings with seven strikeouts. Scarborough (8-4) earned the win as she gave up just one run on four hits with nine strikeouts.

The Huskies will fly to Northern California Monday and will face Pacific in Stockton in a double header on Tuesday (1 pm) and Nevada on Wednesday (noon). Next week is spring break for Washington.

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