No. 1 UW Caps Perfect Weekend With 9-1 Victory

Feb. 28, 2010

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A day after combing to go 9-for-15 at the plate in two Husky victories, Jenn Salling and Niki Williams topped themselves in the finale of the Cathedral City Classic on Sunday, going 6-for-7 with four runs and four RBI to lead the No. 1 Washington softball team to a 9-1 six-inning victory over UC Davis, capping a perfect 5-0 weekend.

Williams launched her fourth home run of the weekend and went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while Salling went 3-for-3 with two runs and two driven in as well. The duo combined to bat .625 (20-for-32) in the five games over the weekend with five home runs, 17 runs scored and 19 RBI. Morgan Stuart and freshman Shawna Wright added home runs on Sunday for the Huskies who hit 11 home runs in their five victories.

Freshman Baily Harris allowed just one run on four hits in her best outing of the season, improving to 3-1 and helping the Huskies up their season record to 12-1.

The Huskies got off to a slow start in the game, putting two runners on base in each of the first two innings but they were unable to push across a run. Salling and Williams each singled in the first inning but the Aggies escaped, as they did in the second despite back-to-back one-out singles by Hooch Fagaly and Jenna Clifton.

But UW would finally break through in the third, thanks to the dynamic duo of Salling and Williams. The junior Salling led off with a walk and then stole second before Williams came up one out later and sent a two-run shot to right center field for her fifth home run of the season.

It was Salling's turn in the fourth inning, delivering a two-out RBI single to make the score 3-0. After getting the first two outs of the inning, the Aggies committed an error to allow Jerrin Fa'asua to get to first. The freshman then stole second and Kimi Pohlman walked to bring up Salling, who laced a single to left center to increase the lead.

Harris, meanwhile, allowed a walk in the first, but the runner was erased on a 4-6-3 double play by Fa'asua, Salling and Fagaly. After a perfect second inning for Harris, the Aggies threatened in the third, getting a leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt and another single to put runners on first and third with one out. But Harris caught a line out back to herself and then induced a ground out to third to end the inning.

UC Davis did get a run in the bottom of the fourth on two hits but the Huskies bounced right back and put two more on the board in the fifth to make it 5-1. Williams led off with her third hit of the game and stole second, setting up the freshman Wright, who belted her third home run of the season to left center.

Harris bounced back to work a one-two-three fifth then the Huskies broke the game open with four runs in the sixth, the big blow coming on a two-out, two-run home run by Stuart. Pohlman led off with a single, stole second and scored on Salling's third hit of the game. Two batters later, Stuart sent a drive over the fence in right center to make the score 8-1. It was the junior's first home run of the season.

The damage didn't stop there as Wright followed Stuart's home run with a walk, which brought on a pitching change, but the Huskies kept the hits coming, with Bailey Stenson ripping an RBI double to centerfield to make the score 9-1.

Harris then retired the side in the bottom of the sixth to give UW its third run-rule victory of the weekend.

Both Salling and Williams are hitting .500 or better through three weeks this season, with Salling leading the team with a .559 average (19-for-34) in 13 games. Williams is hitting an even .500 (19-for-38) and currently owns a career-high 11 game hitting streak.

The Huskies complete their four-week road swing next week when they head across the Pacific for the Hawai'i Invitational Tournament in Honolulu. UW opens play against East Carolina on Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. PT.

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