Lawrie's Two-Hitter, Two RBI Lead Huskies To 6-0 Win
March 5, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Danielle Lawrie fired a two-hit shutout and added a two-run single to break open a close game late and lead the No. 1 Washington softball team to a 6-0 win over East Carolina in their opening game of the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational Friday.
The Huskies (13-1) also got a solo home run from freshman Shawna Wright, her fourth of the season, and a four-run fifth inning was enough to help Lawrie improve to 10-0 on the year.
The game got off to a slow start offensively, with neither team collecting a hit until Jenn Salling reached on a bunt single for the Huskies in the bottom of the fourth. UW was unable to get a run across in the inning, but broke out for four in the fifth and never looked back.
All four Husky runs scored with two outs in the inning. After UW's first two batters struck out against Pirates starter Toni Paisley, sophomore Jenna Clifton drew a two-out walk to start the rally. Senior Bailey Stenson followed with a single to left field and sophomore Kimi Pohlman also singled, which would bring both Clifton and Stenson around to score on an error by ECU's first baseman.
With Pohlman at third and two outs, Salling drew a walk then stole second to set the table for Lawrie, who laced a single into right field to score both runners and put the game away.
Lawrie, who was perfect through four innings in the circle, would give up a leadoff single in the fifth to break up her no-hit bid, but the runner was immediately erased by Wright, who has thrown out four of the seven runners who have attempted to steal on her this season.
After a perfect inning for Lawrie and the Huskies in the top of the sixth, they would get some insurance in the bottom of the inning when Wright led off with a solo shot to left field. Alyson McWherter kept things rolling with a single to center, Stenson singled through the right side to move McWherter up a base and Pohlman brought the senior home with a fielder's choice to cap the scoring.
Lawrie gave up a leadoff double in the seventh, but she struck out two of the next three hitters to end the threat and earn her sixth shutout of the season. She struck out seven in the game and did not walk a batter. With two RBI, she increased her team-leading total to 21 in 14 games.
Stenson was the only Husky with more than one hit in the game, going 2-for-2 with a walk as the Huskies outhit ECU, 8-2.
The Huskies complete will play two games on Saturday in round robin play before playoffs take place on Sunday. UW will face inter-city rival Seattle at 4 p.m. PT and host Hawai'i at 8 p.m. PT.