Huskies Cruise Past Portland State, 15-0, In Home Debut

March 2, 2007

SEATTLE-- The 14th-ranked University of Washington softball team (13-2) used a 13-run second inning to power its way to the 15-0, five-inning victory over Portland State at the Husky Softball Classic in its home opener. Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Portland State, 7-0, in the first game of the day.

Washington scored two runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI-single by senior Dena Tyson and a Viking fielding error.

The Huskies broke the game wide open in the second inning, scoring 13 runs on nine hits and sending 18 batters to the plate. The first nine batters reached base safely and scored to kick-off the inning.

Sophomore Dani Stuart sparked the rally with a leadoff double and scored when Charters singled and drew a throw to second base. Koziol followed with a single and Dominique Lastrapes walked to load the bases. Tyson then drove in two more runs with a single up the middle. Ashlyn Watson followed with a walk and Alicia Matthews singled through the right side to score two more. A single by Lauren Greer plated Washington's seventh and eighth runs of the inning with no outs to chase starting pitcher Jessi Even from the game.

Taylor came into the game in relief and gave up a home run to pitcher Danielle Lawrie, marking her third dinger of the season. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for the Huskies and pinch hitter Sheila Reiten walked to bring in another run. Matthews was then hit by a pitch to score another run and Greer capped off the inning with a two-run double to right field as Washington took the 15-0 lead.

Lawrie kept the Viking offense in check, giving up just one hit, a leadoff single to Laura Segal in the first, and struck out 12. She earned the win and picked up her conference-leading ninth double-digit strikeout game and fourth shutout.

Even (0-3) took the loss as she gave up 10 runs on seven hits in one inning with five walks and no strikeouts.

Husky Softball Classic action continues Saturday with three games on tap. Portland State and LSU will open play at 10 a.m., followed by Washington vs. LSU at 12:30 p.m. and Washington vs. Portland State at 3 p.m.

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