Softball Heads To South Florida
Feb. 14, 2007
THIS WEEK: The No. 15/No. 17 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington softball continues life on the road this week, traveling to Tampa, Fla. to take part in the USF Wilson Tournament, Feb. 17-19. The Huskies will face East Tennessee State and Hofstra on Feb. 17, before taking on Florida A&M and host USF on Feb. 18 and Wichita State on Feb. 19. Live stats will be available for Washington's game vs. USF on Sunday.
A LOOK BACK: Washington opened the season with a 3-1 record at the Cal Poly Mustang Classic last week. The Huskies split a pair of extra-inning games vs. Cal Poly, winning the opener 4-3 in eight innings, before dropping the nightcap, 7-6 in nine innings. Washington capped off the tournament with a 3-1 win over Santa Clara and a 4-0 shutout against Sacramento State to share the tourney title with Cal Poly who also finished the weekend 3-1. Sophomore Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff with a 2-0 record with a 1.45 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 15 innings. Junior Caitlin Noble went 1-1 from the circle, earning the shutout against Sacramento State and leading the Huskies at the plate with four RBIs. Sophomore Marnie Koziol led the UW offense with a .400 average (4-for-10) and junior Ashley Charters recorded a hit in all four games.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
EAST TENNESSEE STATE (2-0)
Series vs. UW: Friday's game will be the first meeting between ETSU and Washington.
Notes: The East Tennessee State Buccaneers (2-0) swept Furman in a double header last week, posting 2-1 and 12-4 wins. The team boasts a .300 average and is led by Katie Powell with a .660 clip (3-for-5) and Trisha Massenzo and Marissa Hardy with .500 averages. Darci Gilbert (1-0) leads the pitching staff with a 1.00 ERA.
HOFSTRA (First games of the season)
Series vs. UW: Washington leads 3-0, including wins in 2003 (9-1), 2002 (6-0) and 2001 (8-4).
Notes: The Hofstra Pride open the 2007 season vs. Washington Saturday. The team, which was selected by the conference's head coaches to win the Colonial Athletic Association, has won nine straight league titles, including all five since joining the CAA in 2002. Hofstra returns three all-conference players in senior Ashley Lane, junior Courtney Oliver and sophomore Kayleigh Lotti. Lane was the 2006 CAA Player of the Year after hitting .383 with 13 home runs and driving in 63 runs. Oliver went 14-7 from the circle last season with a 2.27 ERA, while Lotti went 18-10 with a 2.35 ERA.
FLORIDA A&M (0-4)
Series vs. UW: Sunday's game will be the first meeting between Florida A&M and Washington.
Notes: The FAMU Rattlers seek their first victory of the season after dropping four games in the opening weekend at the Seminole Classic. Florida A&M lost games to Radford, 12-4 and 12-1, Florida State, 5-0 and Samford, 3-0. Ashley Smith and Shalina Taylor headline the offense with .375 averages and three RBIs apiece.
Series vs. Washington: The series is tied, 1-1, with the teams splitting games in 2000. Washington won 10-0, before falling 4-3.
Notes: The USF Bulls went 3-2 at the USF Best Western Invitational last week, taking a game from Virginia, 4-2, and splitting games with Western Kentucky and Arkansas. The team is led by Danielle Urbanik with a .455 average (5-for-11), including a double, two home runs and six RBIs. Courtney Mosch and Jessica Landau boast .333 averages, while Cristi Ecks headlines the pitching staff with a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA.
WICHITA STATE (1-5)
Series vs. Washington: Washington leads the all-time series, 1-0, with a 2-1 victory in 1995.
Notes: The Wichita State Shockers went 1-5 over the weekend at the 21st Annual Louisiana Classics. The team opened the tournament with a 10-5 win over McNeese State, before dropping a pair of games to 12th-ranked Georgia and three games to 17th-ranked ULL. Three of those losses came by just one run. Britnee Barnett leads the Shockers with a .556 average (10-for-18), including a pair of doubles, a home run and four runs batted in. Stephanie DeLaRiva and Brooke Usher also had strong showings in the team's opening weekend with .333 averages.
1-2-3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie notched a 2-0 record over the weekend at the Cal Poly Mustang Classic, striking out 29 batters in 15 innings pitched. She faced 21 different batters and struck out 19 of them at least once. Lawrie had 17 strikeouts vs. Cal Poly in eight innings and 12 vs. Santa Clara. The 17 strikeouts vs. Cal Poly were two short of the extra-inning school record, set by Lawrie last season vs. UCLA. She has 416 career strikeouts and is 73 strikeouts away from entering the UW career top-five list (Stephanie Burns, 499, 1993-96).
CHASING CHARTERS: Ashley Charters stole three bases over the weekend to bring her career total to 70 stolen bases. She is now tied with Jaime Clark for sixth on the UW all-time chart and is 11 steals away from the No. 5 spot held by Becky Newbry (81/91, 1996-99).
SEEING TRIPLE: Ashley Charters hit her seventh career triple over the weekend to move into the No. 7 spot on the UW all-time list. She is tied with Jennifer Spediacci, Mindy Williams and Amanda Oleson. She is one triple away from the No. 6 spot held by Rosie Leutzinger (8, 1997-00).
LEFTIES LEAD UW OFFENSE: Left-handed hitters Marnie Koziol, Ashley Charters, Dominique Lastrapes and Alicia Matthews rank among the team's top-five in average through the first week of the season. Koziol leads the way with a .400 average (4-for-10), followed by Charters at .357 (5-for-14), right-handed batter Danielle Lawrie at .333 (2-for-6), Lastrapes at .300 (3-for-10) and Matthews at .300 (3-for-10). Washington has used as many as six left-handed batters in the line-up at once.
IN A PINCH: Washington used a pinch hitter eight times in the first weekend of the season and picked up three hits for a .375 average. Danielle Lawrie is 1-for-1 in pinch hitting situations, while Amanda Fleischman and Jacki Hansen are each 1-for-2.
LEADOFF SPARK: Washington is hitting .593 (16-for-27) to leadoff an inning. Seven Huskies are hitting .500 or better as the leadoff hitter, including Ashlyn Watson (2-for-2), Alicia Matthews (1-for-1), Lauren Greer (1-for-1), Ashley Charters (6-for-9), Dominique Lastrapes (2-for-3), Dena Tyson (2-for-3) and Jacki Hansen (1-for-2).
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 15th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (Feb. 14). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 168 datings. Washington's streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also includes smaller streaks of 66 straight top 6 rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 69 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01). Washington is ranked 17th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (Feb. 13).
HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Washington ISP Sports Network, will carry 10 Husky softball games during the regular season and will carry all postseason games. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his 10th season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers color commentary for his seventh season with the Dawgs. All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com.
TWO HUSKIES NAMED TO POTY WATCH LIST: Washington senior Dominique Lastrapes and junior Ashley Charters are among 50 Division I players named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. Lastrapes is named to the list for the third consecutive year, while Charters is named to the list for the first time. The award, given out by the Amateur Softball Association, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden and three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman.
UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches. Head Coach Heather Tarr, who begins her third season at the helm of the UW program, returns eight starters for the 2007 campaign, including two All-Americans. Arizona, the defending national champion, was predicted to win the conference title, receiving 47 points, followed by UCLA (45), Arizona State (35), Oregon State (32), Stanford (21), Cal (18) and UW (18), and Oregon (8).
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 18-player Washington roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and eight starters. The 2007 team is comprised of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen. Eleven players hail from Washington, five from California, one from Oregon and one from British Columbia.
HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington player, embarks on her third season at the helm of the Husky Softball team. She has led UW to back-to-back NCAA Super Regional appearances and has helped mold three All-Americans and a Pac-10 Player of the Year. Under her guidance, Washington has won six All-Pacific Region honors and 12 All-Pac-10 awards. The Huskies have also collected 24 wins over top-25 opponents over the last two seasons. Tarr has a career record of 73-48 at Washington.
2005 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Last season, Washington swept through the Provo Regional as a No. 1 seed with tournament MVP Danielle Lawrie not allowing a run in three starts. The Huskies advanced to the Austin Super Regional where they fell to Cat Osterman's Texas Longhorns to just miss out on the WCWS berth. Junior second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and sophomore utility Ashley Charters each earned third team All-America honors and five players received All-Pac-10 honors. Washington finished the season with a 35-25 overall record and a No. 15 national ranking. The Huskies tallied 11 wins over opponents ranked in the top-25, including victories over No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford.