#14 UW 4, Portland State 2

Caitlin Noble pitched a four hitter and struck out ten batters as the 14th ranked Huskies downed Portland State 4-2 in a non-conference game at Husky Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win Washington improved to 27-10, while Portland State dropped to 19-11.

The Huskies wasted no time giving Noble an early lead, scoring two runs on only one hit in the bottom of the first. Leadoff batter Dominique Lastrapes got hit by a pitch from starter Michelle Hext, took second on a sacrifice by Ashley Charters, and scored on a double to right center by Sarah Hyatt.

After Aimee Minor got hit by a pitch, both runners advanced on a sharp groundout to first by Alicia Matthews. Dena Tyson walked to load the bases for Lauren Greer, who hit a tapper in front of the plate. Hext charged toward home, fielded the ball and tossed to catcher Jenn Shollenberger, but umpire Malcomb Boyles ruled that Hyatt beat the throw, making the score 2-0.

The Huskies made it 3-0 in the third when Dena Tyson hit a 1-1 pitch into the center field bleachers for her fifth home run of the season.

Portland State made it 3-1 with a run in the fourth. Jackie Heide walked with one out, moved to second on a balk by Noble, and scored on the Vikings' first hit of the game, a line single to left center by Katie Stokes.

The Huskies answered the Vikings tally with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Marnie Koziol extended her hitting streak to 15 games with an infield single. Lastrapes then came up and improved her own hitting streak to ten games, and when shortstop Lacey Gorman made a bad throw to first base, both Koziol and Lastrapes advanced a base. After Charters struck out, Hyatt walked to load the bases, and Minor plated Koziol with a sacrifice fly to left.

Portland State scored a run in the top of the seventh with two outs. Rauch singled to right and scored all the way from first on a single over the head of right fielder Greer by pinch hitter Mandy Hill. Laura Segall reached on an error by Torie Coury to put the tying run on base for the Vikings, but Noble struck out Gorman swinging to end the game.

Hext (7-6) started in the circle for Portland State and suffered the loss in her eighth complete game of the season. She gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five.

With the victory the Huskies completed their non-conference slate and return to Pac-10 play when they travel to face second/third ranked Arizona on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and ninth ranked Arizona State on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9. Saturday's game will start at 7 p.m. and Sunday's finale at 1 p.m.

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