Lawrie Fans 12, Fires One-Hitter in 4-0 Win Over Utah
Feb. 8, 2009
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie struck out 12 batters and pitched 6.2 innings of no-hit ball as the Huskies finished the Red Desert Classic with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating Utah, 4-0, Sunday in the final game of the opening tournament.
Lawrie went 3-0 over the weekend in her return to the circle after redshirting the 2008 season to pitch for Canada in the 2008 Olympic Games. She posted a 0.64 ERA in 22.0 innings of work, allowing just two earned runs and eight hits while striking out 36 batters. She is just 14 strikeouts shy of breaking the UW career strikeout record of 894 in barely more than two seasons.
She struck out 12 batters in a game twice over the weekend, fanned nine in a win over No. 12 Tennessee and struck out all three batters she faced in a relief appearance against Southern Utah.
After walking two batters in the first inning against Utah while adjusting to soggy conditions, Lawrie settled down to retire the next 20 batters until the Utes' Andrea Hoffman singled into right field to deny the All-American junior her third career no-hitter.
Lawrie struck out at least two batters in five different innings, including striking out the side in the fifth.
The Huskies hit two home runs in the game, giving them six in the five games over the weekend. Senior Ashlyn Watson hit her second in as many days to start the scoring in the second inning while freshman Taylor Smith came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit home run in her first career college at-bat.
Watson's drive was a line shot that just barely snuck over the right-centerfield fence, nearly the same spot she hit her first home run on Saturday.
The Huskies added two more runs in the third inning on two hits and an error by the Utes. Freshman Kimi Pohlman led off the inning with her second career hit and the speedy freshman easily stole her second base of the season. Bailey Stenson then hit a squibber to the pitcher who rushed her throw to beat the equally speedy junior and overthrew first base, allowing Pohlman to get to third and Stenson to advance to second.
After a wild pitch plated Pohlman, senior Alicia Blake ripped a single to centerfield to increase UW's lead to 3-0.
The Huskies made it 4-0 in the top of the seventh when Smith blasted a pitch to straight away centerfield for her first hit, home run and RBI.
Washington is off to its best start under fifth-year head coach Heather Tarr and its best start since kicking off the 2003 season 9-0. The Huskies roster includes seven seniors and 10 players who were a member of the 2007 team which played in the Women's College World Series.
'It was a good weekend. It's nice to have our leaders back out there. Any time you have good leadership you'll be in a good place,' Tarr said. 'When you have a veteran ball club, they know how to approach the game. Last year was completely opposite with a lot of young kids trying to contribute. Now the older kids can try to carry the load and the younger kids can work themselves into the game.'
The Huskies travel to San Diego next weekend for the Campbell Cartier Classic at the San Diego State Softball Complex. UW will play two games on Friday, taking on UC Santa Barbara at 9 a.m. PT and Utah State at 2 p.m. The Huskies will play single games on Saturday and Sunday against San Diego State and Long Beach State, respectively.