No. 1 Huskies Extend Winning Streak to 14 in 6-3 Win
March 12, 2010
SEATTLE - Jenn Salling blasted her second home run in as many days and Baily Harris pitched her first career seven-inning complete game to lead the No. 1 Washington softball team to a 6-3 victory over Miami (OH) on day two of the Husky Softball Classic.
The freshman Harris improved to 6-1 on the season as the Huskies won their 14th straight game after their only loss of the year. UW (19-1) pounded out 11 hits in the game, overcoming a 1-0 deficit in the first inning to take the lead back with two of their own in the first. They broke things open with a four-run fourth, highlighted by Salling's fifth home run of the season.
Kimi Pohlman went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI triple, her fourth of the year which came just before Salling's home run. Danielle Lawrie added two hits, including an RBI single, while freshman Shawna Wright contributed a double and a pair of RBI. Senior Bailey Stenson also had a solid night, going 2-for-3.
Pitching at home for the first time in her career, Harris showed some nerves in the first inning, walking the leadoff hitter and allowing one hit but escaping with just a 1-0 deficit.
Her offense would immediately get her a lead in the bottom of the inning, however, on an RBI single by Lawrie and a sacrifice fly by Wright. Pohlman got things started by lining a single to left-center and Salling reached on a fielder's choice, with Pohlman beating the force out attempt at second. Lawrie then delivered the first run for the Huskies with a single to right field, moving Salling to third. Wright followed with a deep drive to center field to bring Salling home and give UW the lead.
Harris would settle down over the next two innings before Miami tied the game up in the top of the fourth on a pair of singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
The Huskies bounced right back again though, putting the game out of reach with four runs in the fourth. Freshman Maggie Wagner got things started with a single to left field and Stenson followed by beating out an infield single. While Wagner would be gunned down at third on a double steal attempt, which moved Stenson to second, Pohlman responded with a triple to the right-center gap to plate Stenson and put UW back on top. Salling then followed with a towering drive down the left field line to make the score 5-2.
UW would add another run in the inning after Lawrie walked, Niki Williams reached on a fielder's choice and would come all the way around to score on Wright's double to give Harris enough cushion to cruise the rest of the way.
The freshman retired the side in the fifth then allowed just an unearned run in the sixth before setting down the side in order in the seventh to end the game.
Harris allowed just two earned runs on seven hits and struck out three to earn her sixth victory in seven decisions.
The Husky Softball Classic continues Saturday with four games, including two for the Huskies. Miami and Portland State kick things off at 10:30 a.m. followed by Miami and Seattle U at 1 p.m. The Huskies then play Portland State at 3:30 and Seattle at 6 p.m., looking to extend their winning streak to 16 games, which would be the fourth-longest in school history.
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