No. 1 Huskies Shutout Seattle In Home Opener
Feb. 27, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 1 Washington softball team made a successful home debut Friday, defeating cross-town foe Seattle, 8-0, in six innings on day one of the Husky Softball Classic. The game was called after six innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
The Huskies (15-0) got 12 hits off the Redhawks, with five players collecting at least two. Ace Danielle Lawrie improved to 10-0 on the season, striking out 13 and allowing just two hits to extend her consecutive scoreless innings streak to 58.1 innings.
The Huskies 1-through-5 hitters in the lineup went a combined 11-for-17 at the plate with all eight RBI and runs in the game. Senior Alicia Blake led the attack with a 3-for-3 effort, adding a run and three RBI. Leadoff hitter Ashley Charters went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases, Niki Williams went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored while Ashlyn Watson went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Morgan Stuart added two hits and two RBI for UW.
Lawrie continued to be dominating in the circle, striking out 13 for her seventh double-digit strikeout performance in 10 starts this season. She lowered her season ERA to 0.20, allowing just two runs in 70.1 innings of work.
The Huskies gave Lawrie an early cushion with two runs in the first inning. Charters led off with a bunt single then stole second before Niki Williams drew a walk to put runners on first and second with none out. Charters and Williams then pulled off a double steal to put two runners in scoring position for Watson and the senior delivered with a line drive single to left field to score Charters.
Blake then plated Williams with a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 2-0.
The Huskies broke out for three more runs in the second, all with two outs. Williams and Watson started the rally with back-to-back singles and Blake followed with a double to plate two. Stuart followed with the Huskies' fourth consecutive hit, a double to left-center to score Blake.
Lawrie kept the Seattle hitters guessing early, striking out the first five Redhawks and seven of the first eight, not allowing a hit through the first three innings. But Seattle mounted a rally in the fourth, getting their first hit when leadoff batter Katie Antich laid down a perfect bunt single down the third base line. After a walk put runners on first and second, Lawrie struck out the next three batters - all looking - to escape the jam.
The Redhawks got another two runners on with one out in the fifth, but again Lawrie struck out the final two batters looking to get out of the inning.
The Huskies showed their power in the sixth, with Charters and Williams belting UW's first back-to-back home runs of the season, both going over the left field fence. It was the fourth long ball of the season for Charters and Williams' second. Blake then picked up her third hit of the game and pinch-runner Alyson McWherter scored the game-ending run on Stuart's double down the left field line.
'I think we were pressing a little early and trying too hard to put the game away and do what we've been doing lately, but the neat thing about our team is we had a chance to end the game in the sixth inning there and we did it,' UW head coach Heather Tarr said. 'It was nice to see Danielle battle. We didn't know exactly where the strike zone was today but she did her best to find it and she did. Seattle is a good hitting team and she did a great job of shutting them down.'
The Husky Softball Classic continues Saturday with Seattle playing Boise State at 10 a.m., Portland State taking on Boise State at 12:30 p.m. and the Huskies facing the Vikings at 3 p.m. UW will play two games on Sunday at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
● Charters' two stolen bases in the first inning give her 107 in her career, moving her into sole possession of second place on the all time charts. She is six shy of tying the all time record.