No. 4 Huskies Edge Beavers, 1-0, In Extras
April 18, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Danielle Lawrie pitched her second shutout in as many days and Jenn Salling drove in Ashley Charters with the winning run in the ninth inning, leading the No. 4 Washington softball team to a 1-0 win over Oregon State Saturday at the OSU Softball Complex.
After a two-hit shutout yesterday against Oregon, Lawrie came back and allowed just three hits in nine innings against the Beavers, striking out 13. She improved to 24-4 on the season and lowered her ERA to 0.57 with her nation-leading 15 shutout. The Huskies improved to 33-7 overall and 6-4 in Pac-10 play.
After taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Friday, the Beavers (22-21, 3-8) made sure there would be no threat of another no-no when leadoff hitter Paige Lowe led off Oregon State's half of the first inning with a double. But after a sacrifice bunt, Lawrie struck out the Beavers' No. 3 and No. 4 hitters to end the threat.
The Beavers had runners on base in each of the first three innings with Lawrie hitting a batter in the second before retiring the next two on strikeouts and getting a fly out to end another threat. Lowe collected another hit in the third, a one-out single, before Lawrie sat down the next two batters on ground outs. She went on to retire the next 12 batters.
The Huskies, meanwhile, could not muster a hit until the fourth inning when Charters led off with a single to left field. But Oregon State starter Kelly Dyer nearly matched Lawrie by setting down nine in a row to send the game into extra innings.
Lawrie and the Huskies escaped a jam in the eighth when the Beavers put the first two runners on base with a walk and a single. But Lawrie struck out the next batter then got Lowe to line out to first baseman Niki Williams, who stepped on first to complete the inning-ending double play.
Washington finally broke through in the top of the ninth when Charters led off with her second hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kimi Pohlman. After Charters stole third, Salling pulled a hard ground ball to the right side which Oregon State's first baseman knocked down with a dive, but her throw to home was not in time to get Charters, who slid in with what turned out to be the winning run.
Lawrie retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out cleanup hitter Audrey Roderfield to end the game.
Lawrie's 15th shutout of the season puts her one shy of the UW single-season record. Her 13 strikeouts also give her an even 300 on the season, No. 4 on the UW single-season charts. She already owns the single-season record of 457 set in 2007 and the No. 2 spot with 387 her freshman campaign.
Charters, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 for her 11th multi-hit game in the last 13 contests after going 3-for-3 yesterday against Oregon. She moved into a tie for fifth on the UW career charts with 279 career hits.
Pohlman and Ashlyn Watson also collected hits for the Huskies.
The Huskies and Beavers will wrap up the weekend with another game at the OSU Softball Complex on Sunday at Noon.
● UW has won five games by a 1-0 margin this season.
● The Huskies are 6-2 in extra-inning games this season.