Lawrie Strikes Out 31 In Two Husky Victories
Feb. 22, 2009
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Washington junior Danielle Lawrie struck out 31 batters in two shutout victories Sunday, extending her scoreless innings streak to 52.1 innings, leading the No. 3 Huskies to victories over Nebraska and No. 23 Ohio State Sunday on the final day of the Cathedral City Classic.
The junior All-American struck out a season-high 15 batters in UW's 6-0 win over Nebraska in the days' first game, then topped herself with a 16 strikeout performance in the Huskies' 1-0 eight-inning win over the Buckeyes. She allowed just three hits in 15 innings in the two games combined, allowing just one against Nebraska and two against Ohio State. Against the Cornhuskers, Lawrie allowed a leadoff single in the first inning then retired the final 21 batters of the game.
Ashley Charters was the Huskies' offensive hero against the Buckeyes, which marked UW's second 1-0, extra-inning win of the weekend. The All-American senior blooped a two-out single to center in the bottom of the eighth to give the Huskies their first walk-off win of the season.
UW went 5-0 in the Cathedral City Classic, improving to a school-record 14-0 start.
'It was good for our team to be challenged this weekend with Florida and Ohio State. We knew going into this weekend those would be the best teams so we expected battles going into the tournament,' Washington head coach Heather Tarr said. 'Danielle is a mature pitcher now. She has always been a great pitcher with great skills. Now you combine those with someone who is mentally tough, experienced and has been there-done that, you have a chance to have dominating performances like she did this weekend. It's nice to see her come through with some performances like that.'
Against Nebraska, Lawrie (9-0) recorded her first 15-strikeout performance since April 27, 2007 against Oregon State. She stuck out at least two batters in every inning and retired 21 in a row after the leadoff single to just miss her second career perfect game and third career no hitter.
Ashlyn Watson gave Lawrie all the support she needed, blasting a two-run home run in the first inning. Lawrie also helped herself with a home run in the second inning, her first of the season. Watson had three RBI in the game, while Charters went 2-for-4 with a run scored and freshman Kimi Pohlman went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
Watson got the Huskies started off on the right foot in the first inning, blasting her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left. Alicia Blake drew a one-out walk and Watson followed with a deep drive over the left field fence to give UW a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Lawrie gave UW a 3-0 lead with a home run to right field.
The Huskies added another run in the fourth when Lawrie walked to lead off the inning and pinch runner Amanda Fleischman stole second and advanced to third when the Husker catcher's throw went into centerfield. After Niki Williams walked, Pohlman beat out an infield single to the shortstop to score Fleischman.
Washington made it 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, getting an RBI single from Blake and a sacrifice fly from Watson.
Lawrie started the second game in the same fashion in which she finished the first. She struck out seven of the first nine hitters and retired the first 10 to run her string to 31 consecutive batters retired over the two games before Ohio State's Dee Dee Hillman lifted a bloop single into left in the fourth inning. Hillman later stole second to put the Buckeyes a hit away from taking the lead, but Lawrie struck out Ohio State's No. 3 and No. 4 hitters to escape the jam.
She then retired 14 of the final 17 batters, allowing a single and a walk, while the Huskies allowed one Buckeye to reach on an error.
The Huskies were also held in check for most of the day by Ohio State's Kim Reeder, with Lawrie, Watson and Jessica Ventonza collecting UW's only hits through the first seven innings. But UW finally broke through in the eighth when the game went to the international tiebreaker rule, where a runner in placed on second to start the inning.
Lawrie and the Huskies escaped the top of the eighth without allowing a run when Ohio State's No. 8 hitter popped up a bunt attempt and Lawrie struck out the next two batters to set the stage for her offense.
With Lauren Greer on second, Morgan Stuart laid down a perfect bunt which she beat out to put runners on the corners with nobody out, but Ventoza lined out to the shortstop and Stuart was doubled off first to put the Buckeyes on the verge of escaping.
Instead, Charters came through in the clutch, looping a ball which fell in front of a diving Ohio State centerfielder, keeping the Huskies undefeated through the first three weeks of the season.
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● Lawrie's 15 strikeouts were her most since April 27, 2007 when she also struck out 15 against Oregon State. She has struck out 20 in a game twice in her career, once in a seven-inning game against South Florida and again in a nine-inning game against LSU.
Lawrie's 31 strikeouts in consecutive games are her most since she struck out 33 in back-to-back games against LSU (20) and Portland State (13) on March 2 and 3, 2007
Lawrie's consecutive scoreless innings streak includes six complete game shutouts and one relief appearance. She shut out No. 2 Florida on just two hits in nine innings on Friday night.
The last runs Lawrie gave up came on a two-run home run against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 7. They are the only two runs she has allowed all season and her ERA now stands at 0.22 in 64.1 innings of work.