Softball Opens Fall Slate With Doubleheader Sweep
Oct. 6, 2008
SELAH, Wash. - The University of Washington softball team kicked off its 2008 fall schedule in style Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Boise State at Carlon Park. UW shutout the Broncos, 10-0, in the first game and captured the nightcap, 9-3.
The first game saw UW ace Danielle Lawrie return to the mound in a Husky uniform for the first time since the 2007 College World Series. Lawrie, who spent the 2008 season with the Canadian National Team and pitched in the Olympic Games, picked up right where she left off. The junior struck out 11 and allowed just one hit in five innings to lead UW to the 10-0 shutout of the Broncos.
Lawrie was handed a big cushion early in the game when freshman Niki Williams stepped up and belted a grand slam in her first collegiate at-bat. Senior Alicia Blake also homered in the game for the Huskies.
UW continued to swing hot bats in the second game, with Lawrie and Williams both connecting for home runs to lead the Huskies to a 9-3 victory. Freshman Jenna Clifton started in the circle and threw four solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Fellow rookie Felecia Harris came in to relieve Clifton and pitched three innings to close out the game, allowing just one run on two hits.
The Huskies got off to a fast start in the second game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning on singles from Morgan Stuart and Harris. Lawrie and Williams sealed the deal with home runs in the sixth inning to give UW's freshmen tandem all the support they needed.
UW concluded the busy weekend with a clinic for over 100 young athletes in the greater Yakima area on Sunday.
The Huskies return to action this weekend when they host the Husky Softball Fall Classic, which includes Seattle University, Western Washington, Lower Columbia College, Central Washington and Simon Fraser. UW will play the lone game on Friday when they battle Seattle at 3 p.m. A total of six games take place on both Saturday and Sunday, with UW playing Saturday at 2:40 and 4:20 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.