Watson Clutch Again In 4-1 Husky Win
March 12, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - Ashlyn Watson continued to get the big hit at the right time and Danielle Lawrie allowed just two hits to lead the No. 2/3 Washington softball team to a 4-1 win over No. 24 Florida State on day one of the Judi Garman Classic.
The Huskies improved to 21-2 while Lawrie improved to 16-1 on the season. She allowed one run on just two hits and struck out 12 to bounce back from her first loss of the season last weekend to No. 7 Georgia.
The Seminoles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on two walks and a single by Shayla Jackson, scoring Michelle Snyder.
But UW came right back in the fourth to score three runs and take the lead back for good. Morgan Stuart led off the inning with a single to right-center and Lauren Greer followed with a walk. Niki Williams then moved pinch-runner Marnie Koziol and Greer up a base with a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt and Ashley Charters was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Freshman Kimi Pohlman then worked a walk to tie the game and Watson followed with a single to left field to score both Greer and Charters.
The Huskies collected eight hits in the game, two by Stuart who went 2-for-4. Charters reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks. Watson's hit extended her career-high hitting streak to seven games and gave her a team-leading.452 average and 20 RBI.
Lawrie allowed four walks and hit three batters in the game, but she got some key strikeouts with runners on base to escape further damage. Her 12 strikeouts give her nine double-digit strikeout performances in 17 starts this season.
The Huskies play two games on Friday against Big 10 opponents, taking on Penn State at 3:30 p.m. and Michigan at 7:30 p.m. PT.