Huskies defeat LSU

Danielle Lawrie pitched three scoreless innings to record her first save of the season as the 14th ranked Huskies defeated sixth ranked LSU 6-3 in the finale of the Husky Classic at Husky Softball Stadium on a mostly sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies finished the Classic with a perfect 3-0 record and improved to 15-2 overall, while LSU fell to 21-3 with its second straight loss to the Huskies.

One day after taking a perfect game into the ninth inning and tying her own record of 20 strikeouts in a complete game 3-1 win over LSU, Lawrie relieved Caitlin Noble to start the fifth inning and preserved a then 4-3 lead for the Huskies.

After getting leadoff batter Killian Roessner to line out softly to shortstop Ashley Charters in shallow left field, Lawrie pitched herself into some trouble with back to back walks to Kristen Hobbs and Erika Sluss. However, she struck out Andrea Smith swinging and retired Jazz Jackson on a tapper to third base. She then retired six of the next seven batters, allowing only a leadoff double to Vanessa Soto in the seventh. She also helped the Huskies at the plate, driving in Charters with the game's first run on an infield single in the bottom of the first.

LSU tied the game in the top of the second with an unearned run. Hobbs reached safely when Dani Stuart bobbled her grounder to third and Sluss walked. Smith the lined a double into the left field corner to plate Hobbs.

The Huskies regained the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the second, loading the bases on walks to Charters and Dominique Lastrapes and a double by Marnie Koziol. Dena Tyson then drew a walk from LSU starter to force in Charters.

Once again the Tigers came right back to tie the game in the top of the third. Leslie Klein grounded a single into center with one out, stole second, and scored on another ground single into center by Roessner.

LSU took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. With two outs and two runners aboard, Rachel Mitchell hit a tapper in front of the plate. Noble fielded it and threw to first in time for the final out of the inning, but Tyson dropped the throw for an error. On the play Jackson raced in from third to score the go ahead run.

After scoring only once each with the bases loaded in the first and second, the Huskies scored twice with the bases loaded in the fourth. The inning got started when Dani Stuart got hit by a pitch. Charters lined a single into left field and Koziol laid down a sacrifice. Sluss fielded the bunt and attempted to force Stuart out at third, but she slid in safely, with Koziol taking first base on the play. Lastrapes blooped a single into right center to plate Stuart with the tying run, and Charters scored the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly to left by Alicia Matthews, just beating the tag of catcher Roessner on a good throw home by Jackson.

The Huskies added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs Lastrapes walked and Tyson drove a 2-1 pitch from Dani Hofer over the wall in center for her sixth home run of the season.

In the circle, Noble got the win to improve to 5-1. She went four innings, allowing three runs, only one earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out nine. Hofer suffered her first loss of the season to drop to 8-1 for the Tigers. She gave up six runs on six hits and seven walks in six innings. She struck out seven.

The Huskies return to action when they travel to Tempe, Arizona, for the Pac-10-Big 12 Face Off from March 9 to 11 against Texas Tech and Missouri. After playing in another tournament, the Judy Garman Classic, they return home on Friday, March 30 to open the Pac-10 season against Arizona. Top Stories