No. 1 Huskies Take Two From No. 5 UCLA To Win Series
April 3, 2010
SEATTLE - Turns out all Danielle Lawrie and the No. 1 Washington softball team needed was a rainout.
After dropping her first game of the season Thursday and looking shaky early on Friday night, Lawrie bounced back Saturday to throw 9.1 scoreless innings against the No. 5 UCLA Bruins as the Huskies won the series with wins of 3-1 and 7-2 in front of 1,653 at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Bruins (27-6) handed the reigning National Player of the Year her first loss since last May on Thursday, scoring just one run, but it was all they would need in a 1-0 victory. After Lawrie gave up a home run in the third inning on Friday to give UCLA a 1-0 lead, the Huskies tied the score and then the rains came, suspending the game at 1-1 after three innings.
That wasn't all the adversity their ace faced, however, as she found out Friday night her grandmother had fallen ill. Fighting back tears Saturday as the game resumed, Lawrie allowed a walk and a double right off the bat in the top of the fourth, but that would be all the Bruins would get the rest of the day.
After the double, Lawrie bore down and did not allow a hit the rest of the way. She retired the next nine before hitting a batter in the top of the seventh. After a strike out and another hit batter, she got the final batter on a ground out to even the series.
The Huskies (30-3) broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth on an RBI double by freshman Shawna Wright and a bases-loaded hit by pitch of Jenna Clifton. UW had just two hits in the game off UCLA's Donna Kerr - who shut out the Huskies on four hits Thursday - but they took advantage of six walks and a hit batter to manufacture their runs. Wright's hit was, in fact, the only hit they had in the game since Kimi Pohlman's first-inning single on Friday night.
UW's winning rally also came with two outs as Kerr retired Pohlman and Lawrie on fly outs before Niki Williams reached on a walk. Wright then followed with a drive down the left field line, sending Williams around from first to score.
Lawrie allowed just three hits in the game, striking out nine and walking three.
The second game was a different story as the Huskies finally starting to key in on Kerr. After she held UW to six hits combined in the first two games, the Huskies broke out for eight in the second game.
UW scored two in the first, one in the third and then broke it open with four in the fifth to chase Kerr. Wright was again the hitting star, driving in three runs. Pohlman also had a big game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Fa'asua iced the game late with a two-run single.
Jenn Salling got things started in the first with a leadoff double and would score an unearned run after Lawrie grounded back to Kerr, but her throw to get Salling at third went into left field. Williams then doubled to right center - one of three Husky two-baggers in the game - to plate Lawrie with the second run.
After Lawrie struck out the side in the second and got through an easy third, the Huskies tacked on another unearned run when Pohlman led off the bottom of the third with a single, Lawrie was hit by a pitch and the two moved up on a passed ball before Wright brought Pohlman home with a sacrifice fly.
UW then put the game away with a four-run fifth, started again by Pohlman. The sophomore laced a single to right field and after Williams reached on a fielder's choice, she stole second to put two in scoring position with one out. That brought up Wright, whose double down the right field line made it 5-0.
Wright's hit chased Kerr and brought in Destiny Rodino, who retired the first batter she faced but then walked Fagaly and uncorked a wild pitch, putting runners on second and third for Fa'asua, who singled to left to make it 7-0.
The Bruins would add a pair of runs in the top of the seventh off freshman reliever Baily Harris, but she shut the door before UCLA could get any closer.
Lawrie improved to 20-1 with the two victories, allowing no runs and just two hits in 5.1 innings of work in the second game with eight strikeouts. All told, she allowed no runs and just three hits in 9.1 innings of work on Saturday, striking out 15 and walking just one.
The Huskies will stay home next weekend for a potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against Arizona in a series that could end up deciding the Pac-10 title down the line. The current No. 1 Huskies and current No. 2 Wildcats kick off the three-game series on Friday, April 9 at 6 p.m. The teams will also face off Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at Noon, both of which will be broadcast live on UWTV.
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