Lawrie, Charters Lead UW To 2-0 Win
April 17, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Danielle Lawrie pitched a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and also contributed at the plate with her third home run of the season, leading the No. 4 Washington softball team to a 2-0 win over Oregon Friday at Howe Field.
Senior Ashley Charters also homered for the Huskies (32-7, 5-4) who broke a two-game losing streak and broke out for nine hits after getting just one hit in two games last weekend at UCLA.
Lawrie carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before the Ducks (13-24, 2-8) collected singles in the sixth and seventh innings. She struck out 11 and walked just one to improve to 23-4 on the season.
The Huskies had runners on base in each of the first four innings but were unable to push across a run, stranding six runners to extend their scoreless drought on the road to 38 innings.
But Charters broke the streak with one swing leading off the fifth inning, blasting a home run to straight away centerfield for her seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, Lawrie gave herself some insurance by blasting her third long ball of the season to left field for the 2-0 lead.
Chaters went 3-for-3 in the game and was also intentionally walked to reach base all four times after having her 16-game hit streak and her string of nine consecutive multi-hit games snapped last weekend at UCLA.
Lawrie walked the first batter of the game then retired the next 14 hitters including striking out six in a row at one point. Carlyn Re broke up the no-hitter leading off the sixth and the Ducks put the tying runners in scoring position in the inning, but Lawrie induced consecutive groundouts to Charters at second to end the threat.
Oregon had another opportunity in the seventh when Neena Bryant singled to the exact same spot as Re, but Lawrie struck out the next three batters to end the game.
The Huskies will play their other Northwest rival, Oregon State, on Saturday and Sunday with Saturday's game taking place in Corvallis at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game starting at Noon.