Lawrie No-Hits UCLA, Pohlman Notches Winning Hit
April 29, 2009
SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie pitcher her second no-hitter of the season and Kimi Pohlman provided all the offense with a three-run double as the No. 4 Washington softball team knocked off No. 2-ranked and Pac-10-leading UCLA, 3-0, Friday at Husky Softball Stadium.
After no-hitting Arizona - the nation's highest-scoring offense - a month ago, Lawrie turned around and no-hit the Pac-10-leading Bruins, becoming the first pitcher to hold UCLA hitless since May 9, 1998. Lawrie earlier this season became the first pitcher to no-hit the Wildcats since 2000.
The junior from Langley, British Columbia, threw just 74 pitches in earning her school-record tying 16th shutout of the season, which ties for the NCAA Division I lead. She improved to 27-5 on the season, striking out eight in the game while walking one and hitting a batter.
The win, which gives UW a 36-9 overall record and a 9-6 mark in Pac-10, was important in keeping UW's Pac-10 title hopes alive. With just six games remaining, they now trail UCLA (35-9,10-5) by just one game in the standings. UW also improved to 10-0 at Husky Softball Stadium this season.
The freshman Pohlman was the hero at the plate for the Huskies, lining a two-out, three-run double to left field in the fifth inning after Ashley Charters was intentionally walked to load the bases. Pohlman made UCLA starter Megan Langenfeld pay, lacing a ball in the left-center gap which snuck by the left fielder to plate all three runners. It was Pohlman's second game-winning hit off an All-American pitcher this season as she led UW to a 1-0 win over current No. 1 Florida back in February with a game-winning, ninth-inning single.
The Huskies handed Langenfeld, who no-hit the Huskies three weeks ago, her first loss of the season. The junior (11-1) defeated UW twice in Los Angeles, one-hitting the Huskies in a 2-0, 11-inning victory then no-hitting UW in a 10-0, five-inning win.
UW managed just three hits of the reigning National Player of the Week but they were enough.
As for Lawrie, she kept every Bruins batter off the bases with the exception of Langenfeld, who walked in the fourth and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Those were the only two base runners Lawrie allowed in the game as she retired the first 11 batters of the game then retired seven in a row after issuing the walk.
The Huskies ended a string of eight consecutive hitless innings against Langenfeld when Ashlyn Watson reached on an infield single in the second inning. Pinch runner Alyson McWherter then stole second to put a runner in scoring position with one out but Langenfeld got the next two batters to escape the first threat.
Lawrie nearly got herself a run in the fourth inning when she hit a ball well over the left field wall but just foul. Two pitches later she hit a deep drive to right field to the warning track, but UCLA's right fielder was able to track it down.
UW finally broke through in the fifth for their first run off Langenfeld in 21 innings. Senior Alicia Blake - who was the only Husky to get a hit off Langenfeld in the 11-inning loss - led off with a single and Morgan Stuart reached on an error to put two runners on with none out. After Koziol and Stuart pulled a double steal, Langenfeld got the next two batters on a ground out and a strike out to put herself on the verge of escaping.
But after choosing to walk the All-American Charters - who is second in the Pac-10 with a .456 average - Pohlman came through to give UW the victory.
Lawrie's no-hitter was the fourth of her career, tying a Husky record as the third pitcher to throw four solo no-hitters in a career. She is also the first Husky to fire two no-hitters in a season since 1998, when Jamie Graves and Jennifer Spediacci each fired three.
The Huskies will play three more games this week as they entertain the Oregon schools over the weekend, starting with a 1 p.m. contest against the Beavers on Friday. They will finish out the weekend against the Ducks on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at Noon.