Smith's Career Day Leads No. 1 UW To 8-0 Win
March 20, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - Making just her ninth career start, sophomore Taylor Smith made the most of her opportunity, blasting two home runs and driving in a career-high five runs to lead the No. 1 Washington softball team to an 8-0 six-inning victory over Utah Saturday in the Judi Garman Classic.
Making her seventh start in 27 games this season, Smith blasted a pair of two-run home runs, in the second and fourth innings, then added an RBI single in the sixth to help the Huskies end the game via the mercy rule. The sophomore from Olympia, Wash., finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs, all career highs.
Smith's big day helped Danielle Lawrie improve to 16-0 on the season as she threw her 11th shutout, allowing just six hits and striking out six while not walking a batter, something she hasn't done in 29 consecutive innings.
Smith has had a flair for the dramatic since coming to Washington, hitting a home run in her first collegiate at-bat last year as a pinch hitter, coincidentally against Utah. She also hit a home run earlier this year against No. 9 Oklahoma which helped the Huskies to a 7-4 victory.
She got the Huskies on the board first Saturday, hitting the first of her two home runs to right-center, scoring Shawna Wright, who singled, advanced on an error and was moved to third on a sacrifice by Morgan Stuart.
UW would add another run in the third on a sac fly by Lawrie, which brought around Kimi Pohlman, who had singled, stole second and moved to third on a ground out.
The Huskies struck again in the fourth when Bailey Stenson led off with a single and Smith followed with a deep drive to centerfield this time for her first multi-home run game.
UW would then break the game open in the sixth, scoring three runs on three hits to put the mercy rule in effect. Stuart led off with an infield single and pinch runner Maggie Wagner moved up to second on a sacrifice by Hooch Fagaly. Smith then delivered an RBI single up the middle to make it 6-0.
After pinch runner Alyson McWherter came in and stole second, Pohlman would reach on a fielder's choice which advanced McWherter to third and the two then promptly pulled off a double steal with McWherter swiping home. Jenn Salling then made it 8-0 by lacing a triple to centerfield to plate Pohlman.
The Utes tried to mount a threat in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with nobody out, but Lawrie retired the final three batters to preserve the shutout.
Pohlman had a big day at the plate and on the base paths, going 2-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases. The freshman Wright also had a solid day, going 2-for-3 with a run.
The Huskies wrap up play in the Judi Garman Classic on Sunday against Purdue on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., a game which will air live on KIXI 880 AM. UW will head down to Portland State next weekend for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 27 before hosting UCLA in the first weekend of Pac-10 play, April 1-3.