OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dena Tyson drove in two runs, Ashley
Charters scored twice and Washington upset second-seeded
Northwestern 9-0 in five innings Friday night at the Women's
College World Series.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (42-17) scored six runs in the fifth
inning, chasing Northwestern ace Eileen Canney (32-10) for three
batters before she re-entered to close out the inning.
The result was the most lopsided loss for the Wildcats since
2004 and the first time they were run-ruled since they lost 8-0 to
Arizona on Feb. 10, 2006. The last time Northwestern lost by a
larger margin was an 11-1 setback against Kansas on Feb. 7, 2004.
Tennessee upset top-seeded Arizona, the defending champ, 1-0 on Friday in another winner's bracket game. Northwestern (51-12) will play in one of four games Saturday and
still has a chance to win the double-elimination tournament.
Washington starter Danielle Lawrie (31-11), who threw a
no-hitter against DePaul in the opening round, struck out 11 and
allowed only one hit against the Wildcats -- Nicole Pauly's leadoff
double in the second inning.
Dominique Lastrapes also had two of the five hits for
Washington, which took advantage of five walks by Canney and three
more by reliever Lauren Delaney.
The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 47 minutes by rain.