Big Innings Lead No. 1 Huskies To Hawaii Invitational Title
March 7, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The No. 1 Washington softball team used a pair of seven-run innings on Sunday to defeat Seattle U, 11-2, and Hawaii, 8-4, to win the Bank of Hawaii invitational at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The Huskies (17-1) have won 12 straight since their only loss of the season three weeks ago. They have won six of those 12 games by the eight-run mercy rule, including Sunday's first game against the Redhawks.
Danielle Lawrie got the win in the championship game to improve to 12-0, overcoming a tough Hawaii team in a game that was a polar opposite of the teams' first match up on Saturday night, which the Huskies own 1-0 in eight innings. Sunday's game featured a combined 12 runs and 15 hits between the two teams after they combined for just one run and seven hits yesterday. UW fell behind early on Sunday, but used a seven-run fourth inning to run away with their second Hawaii Invitational title in three years.
Pohlman went 3-for-4 with a run in the final game and batted .444 (8-for-18) for the weekend while Lawrie went 2-for-3 with two RBI in support of her pitching efforts Sunday. Niki Williams added a two-run home run, her sixth of the season, to put things away late.
The Huskies got on the board right away after taking eight innings to get to Hawaii starter Stephanie Ricketts on Saturday. They took a 1-0 lead in the first on Lawrie's RBI single, which plated Pohlman, who led off with a single and moved up on a base hit by Jenn Salling.
But the Wahine also showed from the get-go that they were not going to get shut down by Lawrie two nights in a row. After the senior escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the first with back-to-back strikeouts, UH would get to Lawrie in the second, taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run home run by Alexandra Aguirre
But UW responded by putting together their second seven-run rally of the day in the bottom of the fourth to take back the lead for good, exploding for seven runs, five of which were unearned.
Stuart led off the inning with a walk and Wright singled through the left side to bring up Fagaly, who laid down a sacrifice bunt to the right side, which Hawaii's third baseman threw wildly to first base, allowing pinch runner Maggie Wagner to score. Jenna Clifton then lined a single through the right side to score Wright and chase Ricketts from the game.
With runners on second and third, Bailey Stenson then hit a ball to the first baseman, whose attempt to get Fa'asua at home was unsuccessful, allowing another run to score. Stenson then stole second and the throw down to catch her went into the outfield, allowing Clifton to come home.
The Huskies put the game away with two outs when Lawrie lined an RBI single up the middle and Williams followed with her sixth home run of the season to right center to give UW an 8-2 lead.
Lawrie settled down after the home run, retiring the next seven in a row and eight of nine, working through a two-out double in the top of the fourth. Hawaii also threatened in the fifth, getting two on with two out, but Lawrie recorded her fifth strikeout of the game to preserve the six-run lead. She then shut the door in the sixth and got the first out of the seventh before Hawaii showed they weren't ready to give up. After a single and a strikeout, Dara Pagaduan hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field to cut the lead to 8-4. But Lawrie bore down and struck out the final batter of the game to give her nine on the day and give UW the title.
The Huskies advanced to the championship game with an 11-2 win over Seattle U, their seventh mercy rule victory of the season.
UW shook up its batting order with Stenson leading off for the first time this season and the move paid immediate dividends as the Huskies scored seven in the first, including two hits by Stenson and a three-run home run by Stuart.
Stenson opened up the bottom half of the first with a single up the middle and Pohlman followed with an infield hit. Salling then reached on an error and one out later, Stuart lifted a long drive into straight away centerfield for her second home run of the season.
With two outs, the Huskies then started another rally as Williams and Ashley Tuiasosopo laced back-to-back singles and freshman Jerrin Fa'asua followed with an RBI double to left field. Stenson then came up for the second time in the inning and ripped a two-run double to centerfield to make the score 7-0.
The Redhawks would bounce back with two runs of their own in the top of the second on a single and a two-run home run by Sandra Hernandez. SU threatened to tack more runs on in the third after getting the first two batters on board with singles, but Baily Harris retired the next three batters to end the threat.
After Harris escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the fifth, the Huskies broke things open by scoring four runs on four hits to invoke the eight-run mercy rule. Williams had an RBI single in the inning while Tuiasosopo added a two-run double to end the game.
Wagner, pinch hitting for Salling, led off the inning with a double to left and was followed by Taylor Smith, who reached on an infield single. One out later, Wright reached on an error to bring around Wagner. Williams followed with an RBI single to score Smith and Tuiasosopo capped a career game with a double to right field to score both Wright and Williams to send UW into the championship game.
Stenson went 2-for-3 in the game with a run and two RBI while Williams was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Tuiasosopo had her second career multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a run and a career-high two driven in.
Harris got the win to improve to 5-1, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking just one.
UW finally returns home next weekend when they host the Husky Softball Classic, featuring Miami (OH), Portland State and Seattle U. The Huskies open the tournament with their home opener and the first night game in Husky Softball Stadium history on Thursday, March 11 at 5 p.m.