Huskies Outlast Fresno State, 3-0, in 11 Innings
March 14, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - Washington's All-Americans proved their status Saturday night, helping the No. 2/3 Washington Husky softball team outlast No. 21/24 Fresno State, 3-0, in 11 innings on day three of the Judi Garman Classic.
Danielle Lawrie allowed just two hits in 11 innings and struck out 18 batters while walking just one. She struck out seven in the final four extra innings and did not allow a run despite a runner being placed on second to start each of the final four innings.
Senior Ashley Charters drove in the winning run for the Huskies, slapping a double into the left-center gap to score Marnie Koziol, who was placed on second due to the international tiebreaker rule. After Niki Williams and Ashlyn Watson both walked to load the bases, Alicia Blake then ripped a two-run single into left center to give UW some breathing room.
Lawrie then struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the 11th and caught a pop up to end the game and improve to 18-1. The Huskies improved to 4-0 in the tournament and 24-2 overall.
The game was similar to UW's 2-0, nine-inning win earlier this season over No. 1 Florida which featured All-American Stacey Nelson and Lawrie. This time, the Huskies had trouble with Fresno State's All-American Morgan Melloh. The sophomore struck out 13 and allowed just three hits through 10 innings before the Huskies finally solved her in the 11th.
Watson singled in the first before Melloh retired the next 12 Husky hitters until Felecia Harris was hit by a pitch in the fifth. The Huskies did not have another base runner until the seventh when Watson led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Alicia Blake, but Melloh recorded a strikeout and a ground out to end the threat.
Lawrie, meanwhile, allowed a hit in the third and another in the fifth before retiring the next 17 batters until a walk in the 10th inning. The Bulldogs had runners on first and third with two outs in the inning but a ground out to Charters ended Fresno State's best scoring chance.
Watson went 2-for-4 with a walk in the game, while Charters, Blake and freshman Kimi Pohlman collected the only other hits for Washington.
The Huskies play their final game of the weekend on Sunday against host Cal-State Fullerton at 1 p.m. They return home next weekend to face New Mexico in a doubleheader, Saturday, March 21, at Noon and in a single-game on Sunday, March 22, also at Noon at Husky Softball Stadium in their final tune-up before Pac-10 play begins.