Salling, Williams Lead No. 1 UW To Two Wins

Feb. 28, 2010

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Jenn Salling and Niki Williams continued to swing scorching hot bats, combing to go 9-for-15 with three home runs on Saturday as the No. 1 Washington softball team won a pair of games at the Campbell Cartier Classic. The Huskies defeated No. 19 Fresno State, 10-2, and Oklahoma State, 9-4, to improve to 11-1 on the season.

Danielle Lawrie won both games to improve to 9-0 and also belted her eighth home run of the season in the opening game, one of five home runs UW hit on the day. Williams had one in each game - her third and fourth of the season - while Salling hit a three-run bomb in the first game for her third of the year. Jenna Clifton added her first career home run in the nightcap as UW increased its home run total to 20 in 12 games.

Salling went 5-for-8 on the day with four runs scored and four RBI, continuing to impress in her first full season as a Husky. She is batting an incredible .516 (16-for-31) in 12 games this year and even more impressive is her .651 on base percentage. She leads the team with 19 runs scored and 12 walks.

Williams, meanwhile, continued her hot hitting by going 4-for-7 on the day with two home runs and four RBI. After going 0-for-7 to start the season, Williams has now hit safely in each of the last 10 games, going 16-for-27 (.593) since breaking her hitless streak.

Each came up with big hits on Saturday when the Huskies needed them most.

In the first game of the evening, the Huskies blasted three home runs to knock off the No. 19/21 Bulldogs, 10-2, in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The Huskies jumped out early and never looked back against Fresno State's All-American pitcher Morgan Melloh, scoring five runs in the first inning. Lawrie and Williams blasted back-to-back home runs, with Lawrie ripping a three-run home run for her eighth home run of the season while Williams followed with a solo shot for her third long ball of the year.

Kimi Pohlman led off the inning by reaching on an error and stole second before Salling walked to bring up Lawrie, who launched another long ball to centerfield where all eight of her dingers have gone this year. Williams then followed with a home run of her own to chase Melloh, but the Huskies wouldn't let up on Fresno State's new pitcher.

Morgan Stuart greeted Mackenzie Oaks with a single and one out later Hooch Fagaly singled to move Stuart to third. Taylor Smith then singled to right field to score Stuart and make it 5-0.

Lawrie, meanwhile, was mowing down Bulldog batters, retiring the first 14 batters, including seven via strikeout. She struck out two in the first inning and struck out the side in the third.

But after retiring the first two batters in the fifth, Lawrie ran into some trouble when the Bulldogs (9-4) mounted a rally and pushed two runs across. Lisamarie Coronado broke up the no-hitter with a single to right and Nicole Angene followed with a single of her own to bring up Courtney Moore, who doubled to left center to plate both runners and cut the lead to 5-2.

The Huskies responded right away, however, getting both of the runs back and then some when Fresno State's defense got sloppy. The Huskies broke the game open with five runs - all unearned - the final blow coming on a three-run home run by Salling to end the game by way of the eight-run mercy rule.

Stuart led off with a walk and advanced on a single by Shawna Wright, then came around to score on an error by Fresno State's left fielder. After Fagaly walked, Smith reached on an error by Oaks, which moved pinch runner Bailey Stenson to third and Fagaly to second. Pohlman then lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Stenson and make it 7-2.

But it wouldn't end there as Salling came up with two outs and ended the game open by launching a three-run home run to right field, her third of the season.

Salling went 2-for-3 in the game with two runs and three RBI while Lawrie went 2-for-3 with a run and three driven in. Seven different Huskies had a hit in the game as UW outhit Fresno State, 9-3.

The Huskies again jumped out early in the nightcap against the Cowgirls, scoring three in the first on an RBI single by Williams and a two-run double by Wright.

Oklahoma State would pull within a run of the Huskies in the bottom of the second, however, scoring two off UW starter Baily Harris.

Lawrie came in to relieve Harris in the bottom of the third and quieted the Cowgirl bats for the next four innings, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters she faced, striking out nine and not allowing a hit until the seventh inning.

The Huskies, meanwhile, continued to pile up runs, scoring two each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Williams blasted a two-run home run in the fifth to score Lawrie to make the score 5-2. In the sixth, Salling plated Bailey Stenson with an RBI single and later scored on a passed ball. Clifton then increased UW's lead to 7-2 with a pinch-hit two-run shot to bring home freshman Amanda Fitzsimmons, who led off the inning with a single.

Oklahoma State did put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh, collecting their only three hits of the game off Lawrie to score two, but the senior collected her 10th strikeout of the game to wrap things up. She now has 102 strikeouts in 56 innings this year.

Salling and Williams each had three hits in the game, with Salling going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI while Williams went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.

The Huskies wrap up play in the Cathedral City Classic Sunday when they take on UC Davis at 1 p.m.

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