Huskies Split With Cal Poly In Extra-Inning Barnburners

Feb. 9, 2007

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-- The 11th-ranked University of Washington softball team (1-1) split a pair of extra-inning games vs. Cal Poly Friday evening to open the season at the Mustang Classic. Washington came back from a 3-2 deficit in game won to win 4-3 in eight innings, while Cal Poly squeezed out the 7-6, nine-inning win in the nightcap.

With the international tie breaker rule in effect and Washington's Dani Stuart placed on second base to start the eighth inning of game one, junior Lauren Greer laced a single into right field to give Washington the 4-3 lead and eventual win.

The Mustangs drew first blood, scoring a run in the first inning on a leadoff home run by Lisa Modglin.

Washington answered in the top of the third inning with an RBI-single by senior Dominique Lastrapes to knot the score at 1-1. The hit scored Ashley Charters who had reached base with a leadoff infield single.

Senior Dena Tyson put the Huskies on top in the fourth with a leadoff home run over the centerfield wall but Cal Poly rallied back in the sixth frame, taking the 3-2 lead on a two-run home run by Melissa Pura. The blast to right-centerfield scored Krysten Cary who had led off the inning with a double to right-centerfield.

Lastrapes sparked the come-from-behind Husky victory with an RBI-single in the seventh inning after Charters led off the inning with a triple to tie the score, 3-3.

Sophomore Danielle Lawrie (1-0) earned the win as she gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out 17. She struck out each batter she faced at least once, falling just two strikeouts short of her career high.

Jenna Maiden (0-1) took the loss for Cal Poly, allowing two runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of relief.

In the nightcap, with Washington as the designated home team, the Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to edge the Huskies 7-6.

Cal Poly once again struck first in game two, scoring a run in the top of the first on one hit, an error and a wild pitch to take the early 1-0 lead.

The Huskies pulled even in the second frame, scoring on one hit and a pair of Cal Poly errors. Sophomore Ashlyn Watson sparked the rally, reaching base on a fielding and a throwing error by the Mustangs. Alicia Matthews moved pinch runner Alyson McWherter to third base and junior Caitlin Noble drove in McWherter to tie the score at 1-1.

Cal Poly responded quickly, posting two more runs in the third frame with a two-run two-out double by Shannon Brooks to take the 3-1 lead.

The Mustangs extended their lead to four runs in the fifth with a leadoff home run by Modglin, her second of the day against the Huskies.

Noble, the UW pitcher, helped her own cause in the sixth, belting a three-run home run over the left field wall to even the score at 4-4.

Neither team scored in the seventh inning, sending the game into extra innings. Cal Poly scored its runner from second base on a two-out double by Pura and the Huskies scored in the bottom half of the inning when Charters scored on a single by Marnie Koziol and a Mustang error.

Cal Poly kept battling in the ninth, scoring two runs on an intentional walk to Modglin and a triple to centerfield by Cristen Lee to go on top, 7-5.

Washington attempted another come-from-behind rally in the bottom half of the frame but fell just short. With Noble on second base to leadoff the inning, Stuart singled up the middle to place runners on first and third. With two outs, Charters singled to left field, scoring Noble but Stuart was thrown out at home on the play to end the game.

Freshman Helen Pena (1-0) earned the win for Cal Poly as she gave up six runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.

Noble (0-1) took the tough loss as she allowed seven runs on eight hits with four strikeouts, while driving in four of Washington's runs.

The Huskies return to action Saturday with a double header against Santa Clara as tournament play continues at the Mustang Classic.

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