#3 Washington 3, #4 Arizona State 2

SEATTLE - Ashley Charters homered with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the third ranked Huskies a 3-2 win over the fourth ranked Arizona State Sun Devils at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies swept the two game Pac-10 series and improved to 4-2 in conference and 31-5 overall while the Sun Devils dropped to 4-2 and 32-7.

Charters scored all three Husky runs and finished 2 for 3 with her sixth homer of the season. She raised her team leading average to .462.

After right fielder Caylyn Carlson made a terrific running catch on a liner into right center by Marnie Koziol leading off the seventh, Charters stepped to the plate and launched a 2-0 pitch from Hillary Bach over the outfield bleachers in right center and onto the football practice field to send the partisan 922 fans in attendance home happy.

Charters scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first to put the Huskies up 1-0. She led off with with a four pitch walk, stole second, moved to third on a flyout to center, and scored on a single just inside the third base line by Danielle Lawrie.

The Sun Devils took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. With one out, Lesley Rogers singled, stole second and scored on a double to right center by Katelyn Boyd. Boyd then scored on a bloop single by Kaylyn Castillo that just dropped in fair territory down the right field line.

The Huskies tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth. Chaters led off with a double, moved to third on a grounder to short by Kimi Pohlman, and scored on a fielder's choice grounder to second by Jen Salling. On that play Ashley Muenz fielded the grounder and had a shot to throw Charters out at the plate, but for some reason hesitated, and by the time she did throw home Charters slid safely under the tag of the catcher Castillo.

In the circle, Lawrie (22-3) got the win with her 22nd complete game of the season. She allowed two runs on five hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out eight. Bach (18-2) suffered the complete game loss. She went six and one thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. She walked one and struck out five.

The Huskies now go on the road for the next eight games, beginning on Friday, April 10 at UCLA when they face the Bruins in the first of a two game series. They do not play at home again until Wednesday, April 29, when the Bruins visit.


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