Softball Earns Two More Victories At Red Desert Classic
Feb. 7, 2009
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Danielle Lawrie struck out 12 and Lauren Greer belted a game-winning three-run home run to lead the Washington softball team to a 4-2, come-from-behind victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday in the Red Desert Classic at the Canyons Softball Classic.
Earlier in the day, the Huskies defeated Southern Utah, 9-0, in five innings in a game shortened by the run rule. The Huskies are 4-0 for the first time since the 2003 season when they started 9-0.
Lawrie cruised through the first three innings against the Lions, striking out seven of the first nine batters. But Loyola Marymount, which belted five home runs in their two games on Friday, struck again when Chelsie Tysdal belted a two-run home run to right field. Lawrie had retired the first 11 batters of the game, but Darcy Pagnini broke up the no-hitter with a double to the left-center gap and Tysdal followed with a blast to right to give the Lions a 2-0 cushion.
The Huskies had runners on base in each of the first four innings, including two in the first, but were unable to push across a run. But after allowing the home run to LMU in the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies responded with a four-run fifth to take the lead for good.
Ashley Charters started the rally with a one-out single to centerfield and Bailey Stenson followed with a ground ball to the shortstop who tried to get Charters at second, but the speedy senior beat out the throw to put two runners on for Alicia Blake. The senior catcher laced a single to center to score Charters and pull the Huskies within one. Greer then came up and crushed her first home run of the season into right center to give the Huskies the lead.
Lawrie made it hold up, retiring the last seven batters to improve to 2-0 on the season. She allowed just three hits in seven innings and struck out 12 batters in all.
'LMU is a good hitting team and it's a good sign that our team had the ability to come right back and answer with three runs after they jumped out in front,' Washington head coach Heather Tarr said. 'Danielle had a strong start to that game. She's still trying to get her rhythm and she worked through some things. She was able to work in a couple different pitches today she's going to need down the stretch.'
In the first game, Washington defeated Southern Utah, 9-0, using a seven-run fifth inning to put the game away.
UW scored single runs in the first and second innings, the first coming on a sacrifice fly by Greer which plated Charters, who led off the game for the Huskies with a single. UW made it 2-0 in the second when Ashlyn Watson lined a pitch over the right field fence for her first home run of the season.
After being held scoreless over the next two innings, the Huskies broke the game open in the fifth for seven runs on four hits. The big blasts came on an RBI single by Stenson, a two-run double by Felecia Harris - who earned the victory in the circle - and a two-run home run by freshman Niki Williams, the first of her career.
Freshman Kimi Pohlman led off the inning with her first career base hit then promptly stole her first career base on the next pitch. After Charters walked, Stenson then singled through the right side of the infield to plate Pohlman and increase the lead to 3-0. Harris then followed with a double into the left-centerfield gap to score both Charters and Stenson, marking her first career hit and RBIs.
With two outs and pinch runner Marnie Koziol at second, Williams drove a pitch deep over the centerfield fence for the Huskies' second home run of the game. After Morgan Stuart and Jenna Clifton were each hit by pitches, Pohlman came up for the second time in the inning and lifted a high fly ball to centerfield which the Thunderbirds' centerfielder lost in the sun, scoring pinch runners Alyson McWherter and Amanda Fleischman to end the game.
Harris got her second win in as many days, allowing just one hit in five innings while striking out four batters.
'Felecia had a strong outing to back up last night's effort. Her pitch count was down and she was efficient and effective,' Tarr said. 'Offensively, it was nice to see different people contribute, and see some of the freshman contribute, especially with Nikki's home run and the other three freshmen getting their first hits.'
For the second consecutive game, a Washington outfielder robbed an opponent of a home run. After McWherter went over the fence to bring back two home runs on Friday, this time Stenson dove over the left-centerfield fence to rob Southern Utah's Shannon Lum of a home run in the fifth inning. The catch preserved the shutout for Harris, who retired eight of the final nine batters in the game after allowing her only hit in the third inning.
Eight different Huskies had hits in the game, including Clifton, who was one of three Husky freshmen to collect their first career hits in the game.
UW plays its final game of the Red Desert Classic on Sunday when they take on Utah at 10 a.m. PT.