Huskies Overcome Seven-Run Deficit To Win Wild Game
March 13, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 2 Washington softball team scored eight runs in the final two innings to overcome a 13-6 deficit and pull out a wild 14-13 victory over Penn State Friday on day two of the Judi Garman Classic.
Senior Alicia Blake lined a single to right field to plate Niki Williams with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap an unbelievable comeback which saw the Huskies trail 5-1 after one inning, 7-1 after two innings, 11-4 in the fourth and 13-6 in the sixth.
Williams had tied the game in the seventh with her second double of the game to drive in Alyson McWherter, who started the inning with a walk, and Ashley Charters, who had singled. Blake then ended the game with her second hit of the contest.
The Huskies 1-through-5 hitters went 13-for-19 in the game, collecting all but one of UW's hits. Charters set the table from the leadoff position, going 2-for-2 with a triple, three walks and a school-record tying five runs. The freshman Williams had a career-game, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three runs and five RBI.
Senior Ashlyn Watson also drove in a career-high five runs, going 2-for4 with a two-run double and a two-run home run along with a sacrifice fly. Blake went 2-for-5 with two RBI while Morgan Stuart went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Freshman Jenna Clifton earned her first career victory in the circle, coming into the game in the second inning and pitching 5.2 innings, allowing six runs, four of which were earned. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Huskies (20-2) were stunned in the first inning when Penn State took a 5-0 lead on two walks, a Husky error and a bases loaded double by Ellen McNair to score five unearned runs.
UW got a run back in the bottom of the first when Charters led off with a triple and scored on Watson's sacrifice fly.
The Nittany Lions added two more runs in the second, however, to chase freshman Felecia Harris, getting a single, a walk and a two-run double by Sam Hovanec.
Down 7-1, UW started to chip away at the lead in the third, scoring three runs, two coming on a two-run home run by Watson. Charters led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball then scored on a double by Williams. Watson then followed with her career-high seventh long ball of the season.
Penn State refused to go away, scoring another four runs in the fourth on five hits to open up an 11-5 lead.
The Dawgs came back to make it 11-6 in the fifth on Stuart's first home run of the season to deep left field.
Penn State appeared the put the game out of reach with another two runs on three hits in the fifth to make the score 13-6, but UW exploded for five runs in the sixth when six consecutive Huskies reached base. Kimi Pohlman started the one-out rally with a single and Charters followed with her third walk of the game. Williams then ripped a single to left to score Pohlman for the first run of the inning and Watson doubled to the left field fence to score both Charters and Williams.
Down 13-11 heading into the final inning, McWherter led off with a walk, advanced to second on Pohlman's ground out and Charters followed with a single to send McWherter to third. Williams and Blake then capped the incredible victory with their clutch hits.
The Huskies turn around and face No. 10 Michigan tonight at approximately 8:30 p.m. PT.