Cal Blanks Huskies In Pac-10 Opener

March 31, 2006

SEATTLE-- The No. 14 Washington softball team dropped its Pac-10 opener Friday with a 2-0 loss to No. 8 California. The loss dips UW to 25-9 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears improve to 32-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

Cal's Kristina Thorson (21-2) held Washington in check, holding the Huskies to just three hits and striking out 11. Washington ace Caitlin Noble (11-4) gave up two runs on nine hits, while striking out 10.

The Golden Bears got on the scoreboard in the second inning with a solo home run by Julie Meyer over the left field fence.

The Huskies got their first hit off Thorson in the third frame when Ashley Charters singled to the shortstop. Charters swiped second base with her 25th steal of the season but Thorson got Ashlyn Watson to pop-up to end the inning.

California added an insurance run in the fifth inning with two hits. Lindsay James and Morgan Siegel led off with infield singles and moved to second and third on a fielder's choice. Alex Sutton then grounded out to third but James scored on the play to make the score, 2-0.

Washington attempted a seventh-inning rally with a double to right center by Dena Tyson and a single to left field by Alicia Matthews. With one out, Noble laced a line drive down the right line that Meyer snagged before stepping on first base to double off Matthews and end the game.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 action Saturday with a 2 p.m. game vs. No. 5 Stanford. The game will be televised live on FSN. Stanford lost to UCLA today, 5-4, in Los Angeles.

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