Lawrie, Watson Lead UW to 5-0 Victory
Feb. 14, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Washington junior Danielle Lawrie struck out nine batters to break UW's all-time career record and Ashlyn Watson kept swinging a hot bat, leading the No. 7/10 Huskies to a 5-0 victory over No. 25 San Diego State Saturday in the Campbell Cartier Classic.
The win improved UW's record to 8-0 this season, two shy of equaling the 2002 team for the best start in school history.
It was a milestone victory for Lawrie (5-0), who broke the school's all time strikeout record in just over two seasons with her third strikeout of the game in the second inning. She went on to strikeout nine and now has 901 in her career.
Lawrie allowed just two hits and recorded her third consecutive shutout. She has not allowed a run in 24 consecutive innings.
'Those shutouts are hard to come by and it takes the defense being dialed in and staying sharp,' Husky head coach Heather Tarr said. 'It's a credit to Danielle and (catcher) Alicia (Blake) in addition to the defense playing well. We struggled a little early in the game but set the table for Ashlyn and she did her job and hit the ball in the gap. It was nice to have that two-out rally. It's a good sign for our team that we didn't press. We let the game happen and when you do that good things are going to come.'
The Huskies got all the runs they needed in the third inning, breaking out for four runs, all with two outs. Junior Bailey Stenson and senior Ashley Charters started the rally with back-to-back, one-out singles. One batter later, Watson came through with a two-out double to right-centerfield, giving her a team-high seven RBI this season. Senior Lauren Greer followed with RBI single to bring in Watson and after Blake walked and Morgan Stuart singled to load the bases, freshman Niki Williams followed with a walk to bring in another run.
Charters gave UW some insurance in the top of the seventh, crushing her second home run of the season to deep centerfield. She finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Watson, meanwhile, finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. She's 5-for-7 with two runs and five RBI in three games this weekend.
The Huskies conclude play in the Campbell Cartier Classic Sunday when they take on Long Beach State at 11:30 a.m. PT.
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