Softball takes 1-0 edge in Super Regionals with 1-0 win over Washington
AUSTIN, Texas -- All-America senior lefthander Cat Osterman fired a four-hit shutout and struck out 16, and freshman leftfielder Shannon Thomas delivered the game-winning hit with a two-out line drive single in the fifth, to lift Texas to a 1-0 victory over Washington Friday evening in the first game of the Texas Super Regional taking place at Red and Charline McCombs Field.
With the win in the best-of-three series, Texas (53-7) needs just one more victory to advance to the 2006 Women's College World Series, taking place June 1-7 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Texas and Washington (35-24) square off on Saturday, May 27 at 3 p.m. (Central) on ESPN. If Washington wins that game, there will be a deciding Super Regional game played Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Texas struck for the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Thomas' RBI single to center.
First baseman Jackie Williams hit a one-out single to left to start the rally, and moved to second on an infield groundout. Thomas then ripped a line drive up the middle, with Williams coming from second for the score. On the ensuing throw from the outfield to the plate, Thomas moved to third, but was stranded when Husky freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie got the final UT batter on an infield popup. Thomas' RBI was her 16th of the year.
Osterman picked up her 36th victory of the year and ties her own school record for single season victories. Osterman, now 36-2, had 36 wins in 2002. She registered her fourth consecutive shutout in four NCAA Championship games.
In addition to yielding three singles and a double, Osterman walked two - consecutive batters with two outs in the top of the fourth. With the two runners on, Osterman got Sarah Hyatt looking on a called third strike to end the Huskies' rally.
Lawrie (23-15) absorbed the loss. In addition to giving up the one earned run, she allowed four hits, walked one and fanned seven.
Washington left four on base - with only two runners advancing to second, while Texas stranded four runners as well. Thomas ended the game two-for-two at the plate with her RBI single and a double. The other UT hits were singles by Williams and CF Tina Boutelle.
The attendance was 1,437 (paid attendance) at McCombs Field, and ties the Texas second highest single season game attendance mark in history. The highest was 1,570, set on April 30th of this year against Oklahoma State in UT's regular season finale.
Washington freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie
On if the heat or pitching in her first Super Regional affected her in the circle...
Texas Head Coach Connie Clark
I thought we had some good at-bats early. We continued to just try and stay the course and focus on what we were anticipating from her, and we finally opened things up later in the ballgame. We did a good job of playing pitch-to-pitch and staying the course, and you have to do that against a great club like Washington."
Texas senior pitcher Cat Osterman
Texas freshman left fielder Shannon Thomas