Huskies Upend Stanford, 7-0, To Take Series
May 4, 2007
SEATTLE-- Washington softball used key hitting and took advantage of 11 free passes from Stanford to cruise to the 7-0 victory Friday afternoon in front of 452 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. The Huskies (33-13) take the series 2-1 and remain in second place of the conference standings with a 10-6 record, while Stanford falls to 31-15-1 overall and 6-9-1 in the Pac-10.
The 10 league victories tie the most for the Huskies since the 2002 season when they placed third in the Pac-10 with a 13-8 record. Washington has five conference games remaining, including home games vs. California Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Stanford pitchers Missy Penna and Becky McCullough struggled with their control, giving up five walks and hitting six batters to give the Huskies too many opportunities. Washington finally broke through in the fourth inning with four runs on two hits. Penna hit Danielle Lawrie with a pitch for the second time on the day before giving up a single to Ashlyn Watson and pegging Nicole Moojen in the back to load the bases. Junior All-American Ashley Charters then took a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield wall, marking her sixth home run of the season and first career grand slam, to put Washington on top, 4-0.
The Huskies tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning on one hit. Penna hit Dominique Lastrapes with a pitch and walked Dena Tyson in four straight pitches to trigger a Stanford pitching change. McCullough came into the game in relief and tallied a strikeout before walking Lawrie to load the bases. Watson then hit into a fielder's choice but Lastrapes beat the throw to the plate to score a run. Alicia Matthews followed with an RBI-single up the middle and Moojen took another pitch in the back to score another run as UW pushed its lead to 7-0.
Lawrie (22-8) kept the Cardinal hitters off balance, giving up just three hits and striking out 10 en route to her eighth shutout of the season.
Penna (22-8) took the loss as she gave up six runs on three hits with four walks and five hit batters in 4.0 innings. McCullough allowed one run on two hits with one walk and won hit batter in 2.0 innings.
Washington hosts California Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the Pac-10 season at Arizona State and Arizona, May 10-12.