Freshmen Blast No. 1 UW Past Arizona, 7-0
April 10, 2010
SEATTLE - Freshmen Shawna Wright and Jerrin Fa'asua blasted home runs to back the two-hit, 12-strikeout performance by Danielle Lawrie, and the No. 1 Washington softball team took another game from No. 2 Arizona, 7-0, Saturday in front of 1,499 fans at Husky Softball Stadium.
With the win, the Huskies (32-3, 4-1) clinched the season series with the Wildcats. Following a 2-1 series win against No. 5 UCLA last week, it marks the first time since 2000 UW has won the series from both teams in the same year.
More importantly, the Huskies stayed in first place in the conference and put two games of distance between themselves and the Bruins.
Arizona (32-6, 2-3) came into the weekend averaging more than eight runs per game to lead the country, but they have been stymied by Lawrie, who fired a two-hit shutout and struck out 12 a night after allowing just one run on five hits and striking out 14. She improved to 22-1 on the year and increased her nation-leading shutout total to 13.
After a pitcher's duel on Friday between Lawrie and freshman phenom Kenzie Fowler, the Huskies got to Fowler early and often to chase UA's ace after just two innings. The Huskies put things away with a four-run second inning - with Wright blasting a two-run shot - and added some insurance with a three-run sixth, with all the runs coming off the bat of Fa'asua.
UW featured a balanced attack, getting eight hits by eight different players. Lawrie allowed a single in the second inning before retiring 11 of 12 with just a harmless walk in between before allowing her second hit in the sixth. Arizona had a runner reach as far as second just twice in the game and had just two runners on in an inning once, which came with two outs in the second before Lawrie struck out Kristen Arriola to end the threat.
The Huskies got to Fowler in the second when Niki Williams reached on an error to bring up Wright, who sent a long drive over the left field wall for her eighth home run of the season. Morgan Stuart then started a new rally with a single to center and Hooch Fagaly walked to bring up Amanda Fleischman, who moved the runners up a base each with a sacrifice bunt. Bailey Stenson then laced an RBI single to left and a walk and an out later, Lawrie drew a bases loaded walk to give herself a 4-0 cushion.
While new Arizona pitcher Sarah Akamine shut the Huskies down over the next three innings, UW would break things open in the sixth. Stuart led things off again, this time drawing a walk and moving up on a single by Fagaly. One out later, Fa'asua was sent in to pinch hit and the rookie delivered with a long home run to left-center to make it 7-0.
Lawrie would make sure Arizona stayed off the board in the seventh, striking out the side to end the game.
The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at Noon. The game is sold out but standing room seats will be sold one hour prior to the game. The game can also be seen live on UWTV with former Husky All-Americans Angie Mentink and Dena Tyson Slye calling the action.
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