No. 1 Softball Earns 11-1 Rout of Portland State
Feb. 28, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 1 Washington softball team made quick work of Portland State Saturday, picking up a five-inning, 11-1, victory on day two of the Husky Softball Classic to improve to 16-0 on the season.
The Huskies used a five-run first and six-run second inning to put the game away early, cruising to their second victory in as many games in the tournament. The game was called after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Danielle Lawrie got the start and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win, improving to 11-0. She allowed one hit and struck out six, extending her scoreless innings streak to 61.1. innings.
UW was led by their freshmen at the plate, getting home runs from Felecia Harris and Kimi Pohlman. Pohlman went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, the only Husky to collect two hits. Senior Lauren Greer chipped in three RBI while Bailey Stenson, Ashlyn Watson and Alicia Blake each scored two runs.
The Huskies scored five runs in the first on just three hits, getting help from three walks and a Portland State error. Ashley Charters and Stenson led off the inning with back-to-back walks and two batters later, Charters scored when Niki Williams reached on an overthrow by the third baseman. Blake followed with a single to center to plate Stenson.
After a walk to Morgan Stuart, Greer ripped a double to right-center to score Williams and Blake, and Pohlman capped the scoring with an infield single to score Stuart.
UW exploded for another six runs in the second inning on back-to-back home runs from Harris and Pohlman, with Harris blasting her first-career grand slam. Just like the first inning, the second started with back-to-back walks, this time to Stenson and Watson. Williams moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt and Blake walked to load the bases.
After Greer was hit by a pitch to bring in one run, Harris followed with a towering shot over the left field fence for her second home run of the season. Pohlman then drove a ball over the right-centerfield fence for her second home run of the year.
Freshman Jenna Clifton came on to pitch the final two innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out one.
'Portland State is a good team. They didn't show what they're about the first couple innings and it kind of got out of reach,' Washington head coach Heather Tarr said. 'When that happens, it's hard to stay with your game. They're going to be a different team tomorrow.'
The Huskies continued to get contributions from everyone on their roster, with 17 of 18 players getting into the game and six different players collecting hits.
'I think people are trying to fight for spots and win jobs and this is the time to do that,' Tarr said. 'We're still looking for the right combination and we might not find it until the very end of the season. If that's the case, that's fine because everyone on our team is capable of fighting for a starting spot.'
Play concludes Sunday in the Husky Softball Classic, with UW taking on Portland State again at 12:30 and Boise State at 2:30. Seattle and Boise State kick off the action at 10 a.m.