No. 3 UW Completes Sweep of New Mexico With 9-2 Victory
March 22, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 3 Washington softball team completed a three-game weekend series sweep of New Mexico Sunday, pounding out 13 hits in a 9-2 victory at Husky Softball Stadium to improve to 27-3 on the season.
The Huskies collected 37 hits and scored 27 runs in their final three games of non-conference play before heading into Pac-10 play next weekend.
Freshman Felecia Harris earned her second victory in as many days to improve to 7-2 on the season, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking one. She earned two of the three victories over the weekend while fellow freshman Jenna Clifton earned the other, allowing junior All-American Danielle Lawrie to take the weekend off.
UW was led at the plate again by their senior All-American Ashley Charters, who went 3-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases. She batted 8-for-11 over the weekend with five runs, four RBI and four stolen bases. She became Washington's all-time stolen base leader over the weekend and also moved up to No. 4 all time in runs scored by crossing home plate five times in the three games.
On Saturday, UW's 1-through-5 hitters accounted for 10 of their 13 hits, going a combined 10-for-20 with six RBI and eight runs scored. Freshman Niki Williams continued her hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, capping a 5-for-10 weekend. Ashlyn Watson went 2-for-4 with two RBI while Morgan Stuart went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI.
Freshman Taylor Smith also contributed with a pinch-hit two-run home run in the sixth inning to cap a five-run inning, her second pinch-hit home run of the season.
The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a New Mexico error, a hit by Charters and RBI singles by Watson and Stuart.
After the Lobos scored a run in the third on a solo home run by Christi Anderson and another in the fifth to tie the game on an RBI single by Katie Gilmore, the Huskies came right back to score two in the bottom of the fifth and take the lead back.
Williams and Charters led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Watson followed with her second RBI single of the game to give the Huskies the lead. After Stuart reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases, Lawrie hit a towering fly ball to left to plate Charters.
UW then broke the game open with five runs in the sixth, with the top of the lineup striking again. Kimi Pohlman - taking over leadoff duties from Charters for the day - led off with a single and Williams followed with her second hit to set the table for Charters, who drove in Pohlman with a single to left.
Stuart then ripped a double to the left-center gap to plate both Williams and Charters and Smith followed with a line shot over the left field fence for her second career home run to put the game out of reach.
As a team, the Huskies hit .420 over the three games with four home runs.
UW will head to the Bay Area next weekend to open up Pac-10 play against No. 4 Stanford and No. 7 California. The Huskies will play Cal on Friday at 3 p.m. followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday at Stanford, with Saturday's game taking place at 1 p.m. and Sunday's contest getting underway at Noon.
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