Softball Wins Two At Mustang Classic

Feb. 11, 2007

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-- The 11th-ranked University of Washington softball team closed out the Cal Poly Mustang Classic Sunday with a pair of wins over Santa Clara and Sacramento State. The Huskies defeated Santa Clara, 3-1, in the opener, and Sac State, 4-0, in the nightcap.

Sophomore Marnie Koziol finished the tournament with a team-leading .400 average (4-for-10), while sophomore Danielle Lawrie went 2-0 from the circle with 29 strikeouts in 15 innings. Junior Caitlin Noble had a strong showing on both sides of the plate, leading the team with four RBIs and picking up the shutout victory over Sacramento State.

Lawrie put the Huskies on the scoreboard in the second inning against Santa Clara, belting a solo home run over the left field wall to give Washington the 1-0 advantage.

The Broncos broke through in the sixth inning, scoring one run on one hit and an error. Alyc Kalamaha reached base on a throwing error and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Jackie Morales then hit a fly ball into centerfield that Jacki Hansen lost in the sun and it dropped in for a run-scoring single to tie the game, 1-1.

Washington responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, posting two runs on one hit and an error. Alicia Matthews hit an RBI-triple and scored on a Lawrie sacrifice fly to right field as Washington took the 3-1 lead and eventual win.

Lawrie (2-0) earned the victory as she held Santa Clara to one run on two hits, while striking out 12.

Morales (0-1) took the loss as she allowed three runs on three hits with five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Washington defeated Sacramento State 4-0 in a game that opened as a pitchers duel between Noble and Cassie Cervantes.

Cervantes notched the first six Sac State outs strikeouts but struggled with her control, walking three batters in the first inning and four more in the third before getting pulled for reliever Brittani Clifford.

The Huskies finally got on the scoreboard in the third with three runs on no hits. Cervantes walked the bases load and then threw a wild pitch, which allowed Ashley Charters to score. Dena Tyson and Ashlyn Watson drew back-to-back walks to score Marnie Koziol and a sacrifice fly by Alicia Matthews put Washington on top, 3-0.

UW scored another run in the fifth frame on another sacrifice fly by Matthews as the Huskies pushed their lead to 4-0, which held for the final score.

Noble (1-1) earned the shutout victory as she scattered seven hits and struck out six.

Cervantes (1-1) took the loss as she allowed three runs on no hits with six strikeouts and seven walks.

Senior Dominique Lastrapes drew four walks against Sacramento State, tying the school record for most walks in a single game. The team's 10 walks fell one shy of the school record set in 1996 vs. Arizona.

The Huskies return to action next week when they hit the road to play in the South Florida Tournament in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 17-19.

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