No. 11 Georgia Upends No. 1 Washington, 2-0
March 8, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs became the first team to solve No. 1 Washington's Danielle Lawrie this season, scoring the first earned runs off her in 90.0 innings to upset the Huskies, 2-0, on the final day of the Easton SEC/Pac-10/Big-12 Challenge at the Alabama Softball Complex.
The Bulldogs scored single runs in the second and third innings to knock Lawrie out of the game, doubling the total number of earned runs she'd allowed all season coming into the game. The junior had pitched all 14 innings in Saturday's 2-0 win over Georgia and 6-0 win over Alabama and ran out of gas Sunday morning. She dropped to 15-1 on the season while Huskies went 3-2 in the tournament, which featured both No. 1 teams along with the No. 11 and No. 24 teams in the country, to finish the weekend at 20-2 overall.
Freshman Felecia Harris came in to relieve Lawrie in the fourth inning and shut down the Bulldogs, throwing 4.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits to the high-powered Georgia offense while striking out two.
The Bulldogs jumped out to the lead in the second inning when they scored a run on three hits. Brianna Hesson led off with a double down the left field line and was sacrificed to third, then scored on a base hit up the middle by Ashley Pauly to plate the first earned run off Lawrie since Feb. 7.
Georgia added a second run in the third inning on an RBI double by Hesson, who went 2-for-2 off the All-American.
Washington had base runners on in each of the final three innings but was unable to mount a serious threat. After Morgan Stuart worked a one-out walk in the seventh, she was forced out at second and McWherter grounded out to McCloud to end the game.
Watson led the Huskies at the plate in five games over the weekend, batting .533 (8-for-15) with two runs, two doubles, two home runs and three RBI.
The Huskies stay on the road for the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., next week, where they will face Florida State, Penn State, Michigan, Fresno State and Cal-State Fullerton.