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
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
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.
#14 UW 4, Portland State 2
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