Huskies Drop 9-2 Decision in Desert
April 24, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 3 Washington softball team dropped a 9-2 decision to No. 4 Arizona State Friday in a Pac-10 clash at Farrington Stadium.
The Sun Devils collected 11 hits in the game to six for the Huskies, who dropped to 34-8 overall and 7-5 in Pac-10. Arizona State improved to 37-9 and 7-4 but UW still won the season series against the Sun Devils, wining two of three games between the two teams.
Arizona State's Hillary Bach scattered six hits to improve to 22-3 on the season. UW pitcher Danielle Lawrie had the big blast of the game for the Huskies, a two-run home run which plated Jenn Salling, who had singled. Senior Ashley Charters also collected a hit and stole a base for UW, while Kimi Pohlman, Ashlyn Watson and Amanda Fleischman also had hits for UW.
The Sun Devils jumped on Lawrie for a run in the first inning on two hits and a sacrifice fly, then extended the lead to 3-0 on a two-out, two-run home run by All-American Kaitlin Cochran in the third, her 19th home run of the season which broke her own single-season school record.
Lawrie then got two of the runs back herself in the top of the fourth with her fourth home run of the season to right field, but Arizona State came right back and put four runs up on the board in the fourth inning to take a 7-2 lead, getting four hits in the inning. The Sun Devils managed seven runs on eight hits off Lawrie, both season highs for the Husky ace, who fell to 25-5 on the season.
Jenna Clifton came in to relieve Lawrie in the fifth and struck out two of the first three batters she faced before allowing a two-run home run to Mandy Urfer.
The Huskies will look to bounce back on Saturday against No. 7 Arizona at 7 p.m. The Huskies and Wildcats will also face off on Sunday at Noon before UW returns to Seattle for its final seven Pac-10 games of the season at Husky Softball Stadium.