Softball Downs Nevada, 5-2

Feb. 25, 2007

CATHERDRAL CITY, Calif.-- The 15th-ranked Washington softball team defeated Nevada 5-2 Sunday to round out play at the Palm Springs Classic with a 4-1 record. The Huskies improve to 12-2 on the season.

The Huskies struck first, scoring one run in the third inning on a two-out RBI-single by Dena Tyson. The hit through the right side scored Ashley Charters who led off the frame with a bunt single.

Washington tacked on four more runs in the fourth inning to go up 5-0 when Tyson belted a grand slam over the right centerfield fence. The home run marked her fifth of the season and first grand slam of her career.

The Wolfpack broke through in the seventh inning with a two-run home run by Brittany Puzey to cut Washington's lead to 5-2 but sophomore Danielle Lawrie closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts to seal the Huskies victory.

Lawrie (8-1) earns the victory as she allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out 11.

Jordan McPherson (4-5) took the loss as she gave up five runs on six hits with no strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Tyson finished the tournament with a team-leading .667 average (8-for-12) with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Charters hit .471 with five runs scored on the weekend (8-for-17), Alicia Matthews hit .412 (7-for-17) with four runs scored and two RBIs.

The Huskies return to action next week when they host the Husky Softball Classis, March 2-4. LSU, North Dakota State and Portland State will take part in the tournament.

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