No. 4 Huskies Rally For 5-2 Victory
May 1, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 4 Washington softball team earned its 11th comeback victory of the season, scoring five unanswered runs for a 5-2 win over Oregon State Friday at Husky Softball Stadium.
Danielle Lawrie earned the victory to improve to 28-5 on the season and five different Huskies drove in a run as UW improved to 37-9 overall and 10-5 in Pac-10 play. The Beavers dropped to 24-26 and 3-13.
After Lawrie fired a no-hitter Wednesday against No. 2 UCLA, the Beavers came out swinging, put runners on base in each of the first four innings including having two on in the second, third and fourth innings. While the Beavers scored two runs in the fourth - one earned - Lawrie was still sharp, striking out 10 and walking just two while scattering seven hits.
The Huskies, meanwhile, got just five hits off three Oregon State pitchers but used some timely hitting to put the game away. Kimi Pohlman belted her third home run of the season while Morgan Stuart went 2-for-3 with the game-tying RBI. Lauren Greer lifted a sacrifice fly for what turned out to be the winning RBI, the 100th of her career.
After Lawrie struck out the first two batters of the game, Paige Lowe ripped a triple to right field for one of her three hits in the game, but Lawrie struck out the next batter to escape unharmed.
The Beavers put another rally together in the second on a walk and an error to put runners on first and second with nobody out but the Husky ace struck out the next two batters and induced a ground out to escape again.
In the third, Oregon State got the leadoff runner on again and one out later put two runners on after a single by Lowe. But Lawrie got her sixth strikeout of the game and Alicia Blake threw out an Oregon State runner attempting to steal third to end the threat.
The Beavers finally broke in the fourth, however, scoring two runs on two hits, a walk and an error. The Beavers still had runners on second and third with two outs, but Stuart made a sliding catch in foul territory to end the inning.
The Huskies finally got the bats going into the fourth, scoring three runs to take the lead for good. The freshman Pohlman, who was the offensive hero of Wednesday's win over UCLA, got the inning and the scoring started with a leadoff home run, a line shot that curled just inside the right field foul pole.
The inning continued when Jenn Salling was hit by a pitch and Lawrie laid down a perfect sac bunt, during which the Oregon State third baseman tried to get pinch runner Marnie Koziol at second but she beat the throw to put two on with none out.
Lawrie then earned her first one-two-three inning in the fifth to preserve the lead, striking out two batters in the inning to give her nine for the game.
UW added some insurance in the fifth, scoring two runs on two hits. Ashley Charters led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice by Pohlman and stole third before scoring on Lawrie's ground ball to the shortstop, who tried to throw Charters out at home but the All-American beat the throw.
Watson then followed with a blast to left field which caromed off the top of the wall, plating Salling, who had followed Charters with a walk.
Lawrie settled down the rest of the way, retiring nine of 10 until the Beavers collect two hits in the seventh. But the junior retired the final two batters to end the game.
The Huskies finish out the weekend against Oregon on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at Noon. Saturday's game is nearly sold out with less than 150 outfield general admission seats available. Standing room only tickets will be sold on the day of game if needed. Sunday's infield reserved seats are also selling out fast. Call 206-543-2200 or visit GoHuskies.com for ticktes.