Lawrie, Harris Pitch No. 1 Huskies To Two More Victories

March 13, 2010

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SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie came within two outs of her second consecutive perfect game and freshman Baily Harris won her fifth consecutive start as pitching ruled the day for the No. 1 Washington softball team in two victories Saturday at the Husky Softball Classic.

The Huskies (21-1) defeated Portland State, 5-0, and Seattle U, 5-1, to run their winning streak to 16 games, tied for the fourth longest in school history.

Lawrie retired the first 19 batters in UW's first game of the day against the Vikings, two nights after throwing her second perfect of the season. She was apparently upset about allowing a two-out, two-run home run in the seventh inning of last week's Bank of Hawaii Invitational because she went on to retire the next 41 batters she faced until PSU's Arielle Wiser broke up the string with a one-out single to centerfield in the top of the seventh.

After Portland State got another hit in the inning with two outs, Lawrie struck out the final batter of the game to run her record to 14-0 on the season. She struck out 13 for her ninth double-digit strikeout performance in 13 starts and earned her ninth shutout of the season.

The Huskies gave Lawrie all the support she would need with a three-run third and added some insurance in the fifth with two more runs. Freshman catcher Shawna Wright belted her sixth home run of the season in the third, a two-run shot to left field.

UW was shut down through the first two innings but broke out for three runs on three hits in the third. With one out, Jenn Salling laced a triple down the right field line and Lawrie followed with a sharp single up the middle to plate what would turn out to be the winning run. Wright then followed with a long home run to left to give her 21 RBI on the year, second behind Lawrie.

Lawrie struck out six of eight batters between the second and fourth innings and also got some help from her defense as she did in the perfect game Thursday. With two outs in the fourth, freshman Jerrin Fa'asua made a spectacular play up the middle, snagging a hard ground ball with her back hand, turning quickly and firing to first to get the third out.

After a ground out to start the fifth, Lawrie then struck out the next four before inducing another ground out to stay perfect through six innings.

The Huskies would tack on some insurance in the bottom of the fifth. Wright drew a one-out walk and was replaced on the bases by Amanda Fleischman, who stole second and advanced to third on an error. Niki Williams then lined a single up the middle to make the score 4-0.

After Morgan Stuart reached on a fielder's choice in which Williams beat the throw to second, Taylor Smith singled to left field and the ball was bobbled just enough to allow Williams to trot home.

Lawrie then put herself one out away from the perfecto after striking out the first batter of the inning, but Wiser hit a solid single up the middle to break it up. Lawrie then recorded her 13th strikeout before the Vikings collected their second hit with two outs on an infield single that bounced off the bag at third base. But Lawrie would finish things off with her 14th strikeout to end the game.

The senior lowered her season ERA to 0.99 and now has 160 strikeouts to just seven walks in 92.0 innings this year.

Harris, meanwhile, has been a contrast in style to Lawrie but has been very effective, improving to 7-1 on the year. She allowed just one run on five hits and walked just one. While she did not strike out a batter, she was very efficient in throwing just 61 pitches, getting 12 ground ball outs and nine fly ball outs.

She also had plenty of support from her offense, with three Huskies collecting two hits in the game. Bailey Stenson set the table for UW, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI from the leadoff spot while Salling went 2-for-4 with three RBI batting second, hitting her second triple of the day. Williams added a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI while Fleischman had one hit and scored twice.

UW actually fell behind in the game as Seattle U jumped on top 1-0 on a walk and a double in the first. But Harris would settle down after that point, not allowing more than one runner to reach base in any of the final six innings.

The Huskies, meanwhile, took a while to get going, waiting until a three-run outburst in the third to take back the lead for good. Ashley Tuiasosopo started the rally with a one-out single and Fleischman would reach on a fielder's choice during which Tuiasosopo advanced to second. Stenson then followed with an RBI single up the middle, setting up Salling who ripped a two-run triple to the right-centerfield gap to put UW on top.

UW added two more in the fifth on RBI singles by Salling and Williams. Fleischman led things off with a single and Stenson followed with an infield hit to the left side. The junior Salling then sent one up the middle to plate Fleischman and two outs later Williams capped the scoring with a single to left to score Stenson.

The Huskies are three wins shy of the second-longest win streak in school history, which they achieved last year as well as in 1996. The school record was a 23-game win streak back in 2000.

The Husky Softball Classic concludes Sunday with two final games. Portland State and Seattle U will face off at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Huskies and SU squaring off for the fourth time this season at 1 p.m.

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