Huskies Fall To #7 Arizona State, 1-0
April 28, 2006
SEATTLE-- Freshman Danielle Lawrie struck out 19 batters to set a Husky record but it wasn't enough as No. 7 Arizona State squeaked out a 1-0 victory over No. 15 Washington Friday at Husky Softball Stadium. The loss marks Washington's sixth one-run loss in conference play as the Huskies dip to 30-17 overall and 4-9 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils improve to 42-7 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-10.
Lawrie's 19 strikeouts set a school record for most strikeouts in a regulation game (seven innings or less) and ties her own record set last Wednesday vs. UCLA in 12 inning for most strikeouts in a game of any length. The previous record for most strikeouts in a regulation game was 16, set by current Husky sophomore Caitlin Noble last season vs. Willamette in six innings.
The 19 strikeouts also brings Lawrie's season total to 292, which ranks second on the UW single-season all-time list behind All-American Jennifer Spediacci who fanned 316 batters in 1999.
Lawrie and Arizona State hurler Katie Burkhart were in a pitcher' duel with a combined 34 strikeouts in the game. Neither team scored through six innings until doubles by Rhiannon Baca and Kim Zadrozny plated the would-be game-winner in the top of the seventh for the Sun Devils.
Senior Aimee Minor led off the bottom half of the frame with a single through the left side of the infield for the Huskies' first and only hit of the game. Sarah Hyatt sacrificed Minor to second but Burkhart got of the inning with a pair of strikeouts to seal the ASU victory.
Washington had runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings after Sun Devil errors but both times Burkhart recorded a strikeout to get out of the jams.
Both teams stranded four base runners on the day.
The Huskies look to bounce back Saturday when they host No. 4 Arizona at 2 p.m. Washington lost the opening game of the series to the Wildcats in Tucson, 1-0, on an unearned run on April 7.