No. 1 Huskies Split Pair Of Games At Judi Garman Classic
March 19, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 1 Washington softball team split a pair of games Friday at the Judi Garman Classic, having its 18-game win streak snapped in a 5-3 loss to DePaul before bouncing back with an 8-0 victory over No. 23 Louisiana Lafayette in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Huskies were looking to equal the second-longest win streak in school history in the first game of the day, but the Blue Demons held off a late Husky rally to stop the streak at 18. UW would then take their frustrations out on the Ragin' Cajuns, led by Danielle Lawrie who blasted two home runs, drove in four runs and fired her 10th shutout of the season in helping the Huskies improve to 24-2.
Lawrie allowed just three hits and struck out seven with no walks to improve to 15-0. She also blasted a pair of two-run home runs to give her a career-high 11 home runs this year and 38 RBI, the latter of which is one more than the Huskies' team leader had in 63 games all last year.
Freshman Shawna Wright also went deep in the game, hitting her seventh of the year and going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
The Huskies scored two each in the first and third innings - all courtesy of Lawrie - then exploded for four runs in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.
After Lawrie struck out two in the top of the first, Jenn Salling would reach base on a one-out error in the bottom of the inning to set the table for her pitcher, who blasted her 10th home run left field to put UW on top for good.
The senior would strike again in the third, this time bringing Kimi Pohlman around to score, who led off with a single, with another blast to left field.
Lawrie would strike out the side in the fourth and escaped a leadoff double in the fifth before the Huskies would end the game with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning, the big blast coming on a three-run home run by Wright. Salling got things going with a one-out double and Lawrie followed with a walk before Niki Williams brought home a run with a single to left field. One out later, Wright sent a deep drive over the left-center fence to end the game.
The win was an impressive reaction to the Huskies' first game of the day when they were unable to generate enough offense to overcome a scrappy DePaul team.
The Blue Demons jumped to an early 1-0 lead on a leadoff home run by Tara Voss off UW freshman Baily Harris. The Huskies would come right back and take the lead in the bottom of the first, however, on an RBI single by Williams and a wild pitch that scored Lawrie.
But DePaul would tie up the game in the third inning when Brittney Yniguez led off with the Blue Demons' second home run of the game to knot the score at 2-2.
DePaul would then take the lead back in the top of the fourth when Harris allowed a leadoff triple and an infield single. That would chase the freshman and bring in Lawrie, who was greeted with an RBI single on the first pitch by Samantha Morgan. The Blue Demons tacked on another run on an RBI groundout.
The Huskies tried to get the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out when Morgan Stuart was hit by a pitch and Hooch Fagaly doubled to right-center. But DePaul pitcher Becca Heteniak struck out the next two Husky batters to preserve the lead.
DePaul would then tack on a key insurance run in the fifth, making it 5-2 on back-to-back two-out hits off Lawrie. Alex Morocco reached on a two-out single and was followed by Heteniak, who doubled to right field to allow Morocco to score all the way from first.
UW would rally in the bottom of the fifth, getting one of the runs back, but they missed out on a big opportunity for more. Pohlman led off the inning with a single and stole second and Salling laced a single up the middle, which was misplayed by the DePaul centerfielder, allowing Pohlman to come around to score. After Lawrie drew a walk, pinch runner Amanda Fleischman stole second to put runners on second and third with nobody out and it looked like the Huskies might even the score. But Hereniak would retire the next two batters and, despite hitting Stuart with a pitch to load the bases, she got Hooch Fagaly to fly out to center and end the threat.
The Huskies had the tying runs on base again in the seventh when Salling and Lawrie led off the inning with back-to-back walks, but after a fielder's choice put runners on first and third with one out, Hereniak induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Harris fell to 9-2 with the loss. Salling went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run while Lawrie walked three times. The Huskies were out-hit 7-5 in the game and stranded eight runners on base.
The Huskies will play just one game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Utah before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday against Purdue at 1:30 p.m. as well.