#11 UW 6, #16 Oregon 4

Lauren Greer singled home Dominique Lastrapes with the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning as the 11th ranked Huskies downed 16th ranked Oregon at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

With the win before a crowd of 1,264 on Washington's annual Spring Fling Saturday, the Huskies improved to 31-13 and 8-6 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks dropped to 39-13 and 4-10.

Greer went 2 for 3 with three runs batted in. She also drove in the Huskies' first two runs with a double in the bottom of the first. Ashley Charters also Ashley Charters also had a fine day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a run batted in and her team leading 25th stolen base of the season.

After Jennifer Salling gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with her 12th home run of the season into the right field bleachers against Husky starter Caitlin Noble, the Huskies came back in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Marnie Koziol singled off the glove of pitcher Melissa Rice (21-11) and Lastrapes reached safely when Salling bobbled her grounder to short for an error. Dena Tyson struck out but then Greer lined a double into left center field to plate Koziol and Lastrapes.

The Huskies upped the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third when Charters singled, stole second, advanced to third on a grounder to second by Koziol and scored on another grounder to second by Lastrapes.

Oregon cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth. Neena Bryant singled to right, stole second and scored on a base hit to right by Kristi Leiter.

The Ducks took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth against Danielle Lawrie, who relieved Noble in the circle to start the inning. Lawrie struck out Suzie Barnes swinging and Sari-Jane Jenkins looking, but then Salling walked and Ann Marie Topps took Lawrie deep to center for her Pac-10 leading 18th home run of the season.

After the inning ended some fans, irate at the ball strike calls of home plate umpire Robert Marcialis, gave him the business, yelling "That's on you!" referring to the home run Lawrie gave up. Even the normally mellow Husky head coach Heather Tarr got on Marcialis in the previous inning, barking that "There are two sides to the plate" when he called balls on the first three pitches from Noble to Amie Morris in the top of the fourth. Eventually Noble came back to strike Morris out swinging.

Washington answered Oregon's two runs in the top of the fifth with a pair in the bottom half. With one out Charters singled to center, advanced to second on a groundout by Koziol, and scored on a terrific hook slide to tie the game at 4 on a single by Lastrapes.

The Huskies added a huge insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Nicole Moojen singled and Ashlyn Watson walked to put runners on at first and second. Charters then doubled just inside the first base line to plate Moojen.

Lawrie got the win in the circle to improve to 20-8. She allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in three innings. She struck out eight, increasing her season total to 325. In the complete game loss Rice gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks. She struck out five.

The Huskies and Ducks return to Husky Softball Stadium for the finale of the brief two game series Sunday at 1 p.m.

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