Huskies Take First Game of Pivotal Series, 2-1, Over No. 2 Arizona
April 9, 2010
SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie shut down the nation's highest-scoring offense, allowing just one run and striking out 14, as the No. 1 Washington softball team took the opening game of a crucial three-game Pac-10 series, 2-1, Friday night against No. 2 Arizona.
The game featured not only the top two teams in the national rankings but arguably the two best pitchers in college softball as the senior and reigning National Player of the Year Lawrie squared off against the freshman who may be her heir apparent in the college game, Arizona's Kenzie Fowler.
While Fowler gave up fewer hits - just four to the Wildcats' five hits - it was Lawrie who mowed down the Arizona offense, which came in averaging more than eight runs per game.
The senior struck out six different UA hitters twice, including All-Americans Brittany Lastrapes and Stacie Chambers, and caught seven batters looking. She recorded the first eight outs of the game via strikeout and 11 of the first 12, striking out the side in the first, second and fourth innings.
The Huskies (31-3, 3-1), meanwhile, manufactured both of their runs, one coming in the second and another in the third.
Freshman Shawna Wright got things started in the second inning, getting hit by a pitch to lead the inning off. Pinch runner Maggie Wagner then moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Stuart and freshman Hooch Fagaly delivered a solid line-drive single to left field to give UW the lead.
The Huskies would then score what turned out to be the winning run with two outs in the third when Kimi Pohlman laced a double into the right field gap and came around to score when Niki Williams hit a hard bouncing ball to the left side that ate up the Arizona shortstop, allowing Pohlman to race around.
The Wildcats (32-5, 2-2) would cut into the lead in the sixth when Lauren Schutzler led off with the last of her three singles in the game. After moving to second on a passed ball and to third on a ground out, she would come around to score on Chambers' double in the right-center gap. Lawrie would retire the final two batters, however, including a swinging strikeout of Lini Koria with the tying run on third base to end the threat.
Lawrie would retire UA in order in the seventh, finishing the game with a strikeout on her 100th pitch to improve to 21-1.
The teams will face off again on Saturday at 4 p.m. and wrap up the series on Sunday at Noon. While both games are sold out, standing room seats will be sold one hour prior to the game. Both games can also be seen live on UWTV with former Husky All-Americans Angie Mentink and Dena Tyson Slye calling the action.