Softball Wins Two In Tampa

Feb. 17, 2007

TAMPA, Fla.--The 15th-ranked University of Washington softball team defeated East Tennessee State, 5-2 in nine innings, and Hofstra, 8-1, Saturday to open play at the USF Wilson Tournament. The win lifts Washington to 5-1 on the season.

Washington scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat East Tennessee State in the opener. Sophomore Marnie Koziol delivered the two-run game-winning single.

ETSU got on the scoreboard first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning on a pair of hits.

The Huskies answered in the top of the second with an RBI-single by senior Jacki Hansen and took the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Greer to go on top, 2-1.

ETSU took advantage of a two-out Washington error in the bottom half of the frame to knot the score, 2-2.

Both teams had runners on base in the seventh inning but neither was able to push a run across as the Huskies found themselves headed for their third extra-inning, international tiebreaker game of the young season.

Washington finally broke through in the ninth inning, scoring three runs on two hits. With Amanda Fleischman starting the frame on second base, Hansen sacrificed her to third base. Charters followed with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Koziol then floated a single into centerfield to score two runs, and a double by Dominique Lastrapes scored Koziol to put UW up, 5-2.

Sophomore hurler Danielle Lawrie (3-0), who came in to relieve starter Caitlin Noble to start the eighth inning, sat the Bucs down in order to pick up the win. She faced six batters, striking out five and not allowing a hit.

Noble pitched the first seven innings, holding ETSU to two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.

Mary Catherine Veroce (1-1) took the loss as she allowed five runs on six hits and struck out two.

In the nightcap, Hofstra jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with three consecutive hits.

Lawrie settled down and held The Pride to just five more hits the rest of the game, while striking out 16.

Washington evened the score in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI-single by Lastrapes.

UW scored three more runs in the second frame on a pair of hits. Alicia Matthews drew a leadoff walk and put herself into scoring position on a wild pitch and a stolen base. Greer walked and Ashley Charters laced a two-run single into left field. Koziol followed with an infield single to score Charters as the Huskies went on top, 4-1.

Washington posted three more runs in the fourth inning on two hits and batted around the order. The Huskies loaded the bases with a walk to Greer, single by Charters and fielder's choice by Koziol. Lastrapes then took a pitch off the cheek to score Greer. Lastrapes stayed in the game and a walk to Ashlyn Watson scored another run. Pinch hitter Dena Tyson followed with a walk to plate the third run to make the score, 7-1.

The Huskies scored its final run in the sixth inning on an RBI-single by Matthews that plated Koziol.

Lawrie (4-0) earned the win as she scattered eight hits and struck out 16.

Courtney Oliver (0-1) took the loss as she gave up seven runs on six hits with two strikeouts over 3.2 innings.

Washington continues play at the USF Wilson Tournament Sunday with games vs. FAMU and host USF at 6:30 a.m. (PT) and 11 a.m.

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