Softball Drops Two At Judi Garman Classic
March 15, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif.-- The 12th-ranked University of Washington softball team (18-5) dropped a pair of games Thursday to open play at the Judi Garman Classic. The Huskies fell to Florida State 3-1 in the opener before stumbling against seventh-ranked Michigan, 6-3.
The Huskies struck first against Florida State, scoring a run in the third inning on two hits. Sophomore Lauren Greer walked, stole second, advanced to third base on an infield single by Ashley Charters and scored on a single up the middle by Dominique Lastrapes.
Sophomore hurler Danielle Lawrie kept the Seminole hitters in check through the fifth inning, giving up just one hit before FSU scored three runs on three hits in the sixth to take the lead and eventual 3-1 win.
Veronica Wootsen led off with a double down the left field line and LaShaun Davis walked. Robin Arhberg successfully moved the runners to first and third on a sacrifice bunt and Yuruby Alicart executed a suicide bunt to score Wootsen. The Seminoles took the lead with another suicide bunt by Brittany Krbec and a dribbler by Carly Wynn that spun on the first base line plated another to put the Seminoles on top 3-1.
Washington went quietly in the top of the seventh as FSU ace Tiffany McDonald struck out the side to seal the Seminole victory.
Lawrie (11-2) took the loss as she allowed three runs on four hits and struck out eight.
McDonald (7-5) earned the win as she held UW to one run on four hits and fanned 10.
Washington took on its highest ranked opponent of the season in the nightcap in No. 7 Michigan. Once again, the Huskies scored first using a two-run home run by Lastrapes in the first inning to take the 2-0 lead.
The Wolverines answered in the second frame, scoring three runs on just one hit. Tiffany Worthy drew a leadoff walk on a full count illegal pitch, followed by another walk issued to Teddie Ewing. After a pair of strikeouts by Caitlin Noble, Angela Findlay ripped a single down the left field line, which got away from Marnie Koziol and allowed two runs to score. Molly Bausher then reached base on a throwing error by Noble to score another run and put UM on top 3-2.
Michigan scored a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning with two outs. Allison Kidman sparked the two-out rally with a double down the right field line and scored on a single to centerfield by A. Findlay. Bauser kept the inning alive with a bunt single and another single to centerfield by Alessandra Giampaolo scored A. Findlay to give Michigan the 5-2 lead.
Washington chipped at the Wolverine lead in the sixth when Charters walked, stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches but the Huskies would get no closer.
Michigan scored a final run in the top of the seventh on an RBI-single by Ewing to seal the Wolverine 6-3 victory.
Reliever Nikki Nemitz sat the Huskies down in order to earn the save while Lorilynn Wilson (12-1) picked up the win. Wilson held UW to three runs on three hits in 5.2 innings with 10 strikeouts.
Noble (7-3) took the loss as she gave up six runs on 10 hits and fanned nine.
The Huskies return to action Friday with their final pool play game vs. Cal State Northridge at 1:30 p.m.