Huskies Tie School-Record Best Start With 7-3 Win
Feb. 20, 2009
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Freshman Felecia Harris struck out a career-high eight batters and senior All-American Ashley Charters went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI as the Washington Husky softball team improved to 10-0 with a 7-3 victory over Long Island Friday in the Cathedral City Classic.
The Huskies equaled the 2002 UW team for the best start in program history. They will look to break the record tonight when they face No. 2 Florida in a potential Women's College World Series preview.
Against the Blackbirds - a 2008 NCAA tournament team - Harris helped her own cause in the first inning, ripping an RBI triple off the fence in centerfield to score Lauren Greer, who led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Morgan Stuart's sacrifice bunt.
The freshman also started the game strong in the circle, striking out four of the first five batters, but Long Island rallied for three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead on a pair of two-out RBI singles.
Washington came right back in the bottom of the inning, however, to put up four runs and take the lead back for good. Seniors Alicia Blake and Greer started the inning with back-to-back singles and Harris drew a one-out walk to load the bases for Jessica Ventoza. The senior hit a high chopper to the shortstop who made a good play to field the ball but her throw got by the catcher, allowing both Blake and Greer to cross home and tie the game.
After Bailey Stenson reached on an infield single to load the bases again, freshman Kimi Pohlman laced a base hit to right field to score the go-ahead run. Charters followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Huskies a two-run lead.
Charters then gave UW some insurance in the bottom of the sixth, launching her third home run of the season to deep right center, a two-run shot that scored Stenson, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Charters was one of three Huskies to collect two hits in the game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Stenson went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Greer went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
The Huskies now turn their attention to No. 2 Florida, which returns eight starters to a team that won an NCAA-record 70 games last season and advanced to the Women's College World Series. The game will be a match-up of two of the nation's best pitchers, in UW's Danielle Lawrie and Florida's Stacey Nelson.
Ashley Charters' stolen base in the first inning gave her 103 in her career, 10 shy of tying the all time UW record. She is two shy of tying Shelley Brown (1994-97) for second all time.