No. 1 Huskies Sweep Two Games At Hawaii Invitational
March 6, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The No. 1 Washington softball team swept a pair of games at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational in opposite fashion Saturday, blowing out Seattle U, 12-0, in just five innings before being pushed to extra innings by host Hawaii but coming out on top, 1-0, to earn the top seed for Sunday's playoffs.
UW (15-1) used an 11-run inning in which they hit three home runs and capitalized on three Seattle errors to score seven unearned runs in the day's first game. But they almost blew their chances in the second game, leaving nine runners on base and not scoring a run through seven innings despite three hits, three walks and four Hawaii errors.
But the Huskies finally broke through in the eighth inning, this time taking advantage of the Rainbow Wahine's fifth error of the game to score with two outs. Danielle Lawrie then struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to end the game. She allowed just four hits and struck out 15 while not walking a batter to improve to 11-0.
In the first game, UW's power was on display as they hit three more home runs to bring their total to 27 in 16 games. They scored a run in the first then broke things open with the 11-run second inning, during which Lawrie and freshman Shawna Wright belted three-run shots and another freshman, Jerrin Fa'asua, went deep for her first career home run.
The Dawgs jumped out in the first inning to a 1-0 lead when sophomore Kimi Pohlman led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before moving to third on a ground out by Jenn Salling. Lawrie then grounded out to short to bring in Pohlman and make the score 1-0.
UW would then explode for 11 runs on eight hits and three Redhawk errors in the second inning to put the game away, scoring seven unearned runs with two outs. Morgan Stuart started things off with a single to right-center and then stole second before coming around to score one out later on an RBI single by Hooch Fagaly. After Fa'asua reached on a bunt single and both she and Fagaly moved up one base on an error, Alyson McWherter delivered a two-run single left-center to make it 4-0.
The Huskies would then put the game away with seven unearned runs after two were out. Salling reached on an error to bring up Lawrie, who blasted her ninth home run of the season to left field, one shy of her season high. The floodgates stayed open when the Redhawks committed another error to allow Niki Williams to reach base. After Stuart singled, Wright sent a drive over the left-center field wall to make it 10-0, her fifth home run of the season.
SU would then make a pitching change, but UW didn't let up as Fagaly was hit by a pitch and Fa'asua followed with her first career home run to left-center to cap the scoring.
With four RBI, Lawrie now has a team-high 25 in 16 games. Wright is tied for second on the team behind Lawrie with five home runs and 16 RBI.
Three Huskies had multi-hit games, including Stuart, who went 3-for-3 with two runs, Pohlman, who was 2-for-4 with a run and Fa'asua, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
Freshman Baily Harris pitched all five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. She struck out three and also walked three to improve to 4-1.
In the nightcap, the Huskies were unable to capitalize on a pair of Hawaii errors early, one each in the first and second innings. They also threatened in the third, getting Bailey Stenson to third with two outs after she walked and was sacrificed to second by Pohlman, but they were unable to bring her around. A one-out walk in the third by Morgan Stuart also didn't amount to a run.
Lawrie, meanwhile, struck out two in the first, one in the second and two more in the third, the latter of which came after the Rainbow Wahine got a leadoff double. But Lawrie shut the door, striking out the next two and ending the threat by inducing a ground out.
The Rainbow Wahine threatened again in the fourth, putting runners on first and third with one out after a single and an error. Lawrie got the second out on a strike out, however, and Wright then ended the threat when she gunned down UH's runner trying to steal second.
The Huskies again had a chance to score in the fifth when Jenna Clifton led off by reaching on an error, but she was immediately thrown out stealing. One out later, Pohlman got the Huskies' first hit of the game with a single up the middle, but she was then called out for leaving early on the base paths.
Salling then collected UW's second hit of the game with a bunt single leading off the sixth, but Hawaii got the next three Husky batters to end the inning.
Hawaii looked like they might take the first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Kelly Majam led off the inning with a triple down the right field line. But Lawrie rose to the occasion and struck out the next batter before getting a ground out to first base. She then struck out UH's clean-up hitter, Amanda Tauali'i, swinging to end the threat.
Hawaii pitcher Stephanie Ricketts would wriggle out of a jam of her own in the top of the seventh as the Huskies put runners on second and third with one out, thanks to a trio of freshmen. Wright led off with a walk and was replaced by Fa'asua on the bases. Fellow rookie Fagaly then singled up the middle to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Clifton then moved the runners up to second and third with a deep fly out but after Stenson reached on an error by the third baseman, Ricketts got Salling to ground out back to her to end the inning.
Lawrie made quick work of Hawaii in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two of the three batters for a perfect inning to send UW into its first extra-inning game of the season.
It was in the top of the eighth where UW finally broke through, finally taking advantage of Hawaii's fifth error of the game. With the international tiebreaker in effect, Salling was placed on second to start the inning and advanced to third on a fly out to center by Lawrie. The Wahine looked like they might escape when Niki Williams grounded out to short and Stuart also hit a ball to short, but the misplay allowed Stuart to reach and Salling to come home with the go-ahead run.
Lawrie then made sure there would be no further innings as she struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
The Huskies are the top seed for the playoffs on Sunday and will have a re-match against Seattle at 2 p.m. PT. Should they win, they will face the winner of East Carolina and Hawaii for the title.