Huskies Shutout Georgia To Advance To Super Regional
May 20, 2007
LINCOLN, Neb.-- The No. 6 seed Washington softball team used a RBI-single from sophomore Alicia Matthews in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Georgia in the Lincoln Regional Championship game to advance to the program's third consecutive Super Regional. The Huskies bounced back from a nine-inning 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs earlier in the day to win the "if-game" and improve to 38-17. Georgia's season comes to an end with a 46-28 record.
Washington now heads back to Seattle to host the Super Regional where it will face the Tuscaloosa Regional winner-- either No. 11 seed Alabama or Tennessee Tech. The best-of-three series will take place at Husky Softball Stadium with the winner punching a ticket to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla..
The NCAA will announce whether the Super Regional will be played on Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday no later than Tuesday morning depending on the television schedule. Game times will also be made available at that time.
Tickets can be purchased through the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or online at gohuskies.com. All-session reserved seats are $16. Single-session seats are $10 reserved, $7 general admission adult, $5 student/senior and $3 standing room only.
The Huskies have not hosted a Super Regional since the round was added to the postseason format in 2005. Washington did host the Regional Tournament in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, advancing to the Women's College World Series all four times.
The Bulldogs threatened in the third inning loading the bases with an error, a single by Kellie Middleton and a hit batter but UW ace Danielle Lawrie worked her way out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Huskies had leadoff singles in each of the first three innings but were unable to get a runner past second base.
Washington tested the Bulldogs again in the bottom of the fifth inning, getting a spark from sophomore pinch hitter Dani Stuart who delivered a one-out single through the left side of the infield. Senior Nicole Moojen the laced a single into centerfield and was able to take second base when Stuart drew the throw to third base. Stuart was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice and Georgia hurler Kasi Carroll got Marnie Koziol to foul out to left field to get out of the inning.
The Bulldogs gave Washington a scare in the top of the seventh, using a fielding error by Dominique Lastrapes and a single by Kirstin Schnake to put runners on first and third with one out. Head coach Heather Tarr came out to the circle to talk with the infield and Lawrie got out of the inning with a fielder's choice and a pop-out.
The Huskies finally broke through in the seventh inning when Lawrie led off with a double to right-centerfield and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Alyson McWherter. McWherter advanced to third base on a fly-out by Watson to right field and Matthews lined the game-winning single into left field to propel Washington into the Super Regional.
Lawrie (27-11) earned the win as she held Georgia to one runs on four hits with five strikeouts. She threw all 27 innings for the Huskies at the Lincoln Regional, allowing 14 hits and two earned runs, while striking out 30. Lawrie had a 0.54 earned run average and held opponents to a .151 batting average.
Carroll (29-10) suffered the tough loss as she allowed one run on seven hits and fanned one.
Washington has advanced to the Super Regional each of the last two seasons and has a 1-4 record in that round. The Huskies have participated in the College World Series seven times, most recently in 2003 and 2004.