Softball Takes Two From Pacific

March 21, 2006

STOCKTON, Calif.-- The Washington softball team took a pair of games from Pacific Tuesday, winning the opener 2-0 in nine innings, and the nightcap, 4-0. With the victories, UW improves to 24-8 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 14-13.

The games marked the first meeting between head coach Heather Tarr and her former team. Tarr was an assistant coach for the Pacific Tigers for six seasons before taking the head position at UW last season.

Neither team could get its offense going in the first game as UW hurler Danielle Lawrie and UOP pitcher Kristen Allen kept the opponents in check. Washington had runners in scoring position in the first, sixth and seventh innings but were unable to push a runner across. Pacific had runners in scoring position in both the first and second innings but Lawrie would not allow another base runner for the rest of the day.

Washington finally started a rally in the ninth inning when Dominque Lastrapes led off with a double to left centerfield and Ashley Charters followed with an infield single. Pacific made a pitching change, pulling Allen and bringing in freshman Chelsea Engle. Sarah Hyatt then drilled a hard come backer to the circle that hit off of Engle and allowed two runs to score. Engle was hurt on the play and left the game and Allen returned to the circle and closed out the half inning.

Lawrie (14-5) picked up her fourth shutout of the season as she held the Tigers to four hits, walked none and stuck out 15. Allen (0-3) took the loss as she allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five.

In the second game, Washington posted two runs in the third inning on two hits. Caitlin Noble led off with a double to right centerfield and scored on a double by Charters. Charters then scored on a wild pitch to give the Huskies the 2-0 lead.

UW posted a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning on two hits. Freshman Marnie Koziol led off with a single up the middle and scored on Hyatt's sixth home run of the season.

Noble (10-3) picked up her sixth shutout victory of the season as she held Pacific to two runs and struck out 13.

The Huskies return to action Wednesday when they play Nevada at Pacific's Bill Simoni Field at noon.

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