Smith's Two Grand Slams, 8 RBI Lead No. 1 UW To 12-4 Win
March 21, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - One day after hitting two home runs and driving in a career-high five runs, sophomore Taylor Smith topped herself on Sunday by hitting two grand slams and tying a school record with eight RBI, leading the No. 1 Washington softball team to a 12-4 six-inning victory over Purdue in their final game of the Judi Garman Classic.
Smith, who has been a part-time starter this season after seeing limited playing time her freshman year, had a breakout weekend, hitting four home runs and driving in 13 runs in the final two games of the tournament. She became the first player in UW history to hit two grand slams in a game and tied Michelle Church's school-record eight RBI in a single game, a record that was set in 1993, the first year of the program.
The win Sunday helped UW improve to 26-2 overall and allowed Danielle Lawrie to stay perfect at 17-0 in the circle. While she only gave up three hits in the game, two of those hits were home runs. But she was able to grind out the victory, striking out six and walking just one.
Jenn Salling also went deep for UW, blasting a three-run home run in a seven-run fifth inning that broke a close game open. Smith followed Salling later in the inning with her first grand slam, then blasted her second in the sixth inning to make it 12-2. The Boilermakers would cut the lead to 12-4 in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run, but Lawrie retired the next batter to help UW end the game early via the mercy rule, their 11th mercy rule win this year and their fourth in five games this weekend.
The Boilermakers showed their scrappiness from the first inning, putting runners on second and third with one out against Lawrie after speedy leadoff hitter Liane Horiuchi led off with a single, stole second and then stole third as part of a double steal with Erika Petruzzi who was hit by a pitch. But Lawrie was able to get out the inning, inducing a line drive to Salling at short, who threw to third to double up Horiuchi.
The Huskies would then take a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI single by Salling. With one out, Amanda Fleischman reached on an error which sent her around to second. One out later, Salling lined one back up the middle to plate the senior and get the Dawgs on the board first.
But the Boilermakers would come right back and take the lead in the bottom of the inning when Horiuchi blasted a two-run home run to left field. Purdue got the leadoff hitter on via an error and one out later Horiuchi launched a deep drive to left to make it 2-1.
After a quiet fourth inning for both teams, the Huskies exploded in the fifth for seven runs on six hits. Hooch Fagaly and Fleischman started the inning with back-to-back singles and one out later Salling drilled her sixth home run of the season to centerfield to give UW the lead back.
UW then started a new rally with two outs as Niki Williams walked, Shawna Wright singled and Morgan Stuart also drew a walk to bring up Smith, who belted her fourth home run of the season to right field.
Lawrie retired Purdue in order in the bottom of the inning and the Huskies kept their offensive roll going in the top of the sixth when Smith struck again. Salling led off with a walk, Williams singled to center and Stuart walked again to bring up Smith. The Olympia, Wash., delivered another two-out grand slam, this time to right center to put the game out of reach.
The Huskies had a defensive highlight in the bottom of the inning when Horiuchi walked but she was gunned down on the bases by the freshman Wright, snapping Horiuchi's streak of 63 consecutive stolen bases, which was the longest active streak in the nation.
Smith finished the game 2-for-4 while Salling went 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI and Fagaly also had two hits, going 2-for-3. Williams and Fleischman each contributed a hit and scored twice.
The Huskies 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.