Freshman Wright's Home Run Leads No. 1 Huskies Past Ohio
Feb. 12, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Washington head coach Heather Tarr predicted her 2010 team might be more powerful than her 2009 national championship-winning team. So far, some talented freshmen are proving her right.
Shawna Wright hit a pinch-hit two run home run in the sixth inning to help the No. 1 ranked Washington softball team overcome a pesky Ohio team, 4-3, Friday at the Kajikawa Classic.
The home run made a winner out of fellow freshman Baily Harris, who allowed just two earned runs and four hits in her first career start. Danielle Lawrie came on in relief in the seventh inning and retired all three batters she faced on 10 total pitches to record her first save of the season.
The Huskies (2-0) play Nevada later tonight. The loss dropped Ohio to 0-4 on the season.
UW took the first lead of a back-and-forth game in the top of the second inning when sophomore Kimi Pohlman delivered a two-out single to plate freshman Maggie Wagner. Wagner pinch ran for fellow freshman Hooch Fagaly, who led off with a walk, and promptly stole her first career base. She would then come around to score on Pohlman's first hit of the season, a line drive to right just over the second baseman's outstretched glove.
Ohio would come right back to tie up the game in the bottom of the inning, however, when a single, sacrifice and a UW error tied the score at 1-1.
UW bounced right back to take the lead again in the third inning. Jenn Salling led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out by Lawrie. Salling then attempted to steal third but the Ohio fielders failed to cover the base and the junior came around to score when the throw went into left field.
But Ohio would stun the Huskies in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead, 3-2, on a two-run home run by Caitlin Colvin.
With the Bobcats thinking upset, the Huskies battled back in the top of the sixth inning when a freshman tandem gave UW the lead back for good. After Fagaly walked for the second time, Wright was called upon to pinch hit with two outs and her first career home run was a memorable one as she launched a home run to right-center field for the game winner.
Harris was able to escape a jam in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a two-out single to Colvin before Kemezis lined a ball back up the middle which knocked Harris' glove off, but the rookie was able to gather the ball and throw to first for the out.
After the Huskies were retired in the top of the seventh, Lawrie came in to close things out in the bottom of the inning. The reigning National Player of the Year, who fired a perfect game in yesterday's season opener, struck out all three batters she faced on an incredible 10 pitches to wrap up the game for the Dawgs.
The save was the sixth of Lawrie's career, putting her in tie for fourth all-time at Washington. She'll go for her 98th career win in UW's second game Friday night against Nevada.
Junior Morgan Stuart had two of UW's eight hits in the game, going 2-for-4. Washington outhit Ohio, 8-4, but stranded seven runners on base.
- Lawrie's three Ks now give her 1,384 in her career, just 14 shy of ninth in NCAA history.