No. 1 Huskies Complete Sweep Of No. 2 Arizona With 9-3 Win
April 11, 2010
SEATTLE - Facing a team that came into the weekend with the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation, the top-ranked Washington softball team showed this weekend it could hit the ball a little bit, too.
The Huskies (33-3, 5-1) pounded out nine runs on 11 hits to complete a three-game sweep of No. 2 Arizona Sunday, staying atop the Pac-10 standings with a 9-3 win Sunday in front of a sold out crowd of 1,521 at Husky Softball Stadium.
Danielle Lawrie (23-1) won her fifth straight conference game - all against top-five teams - and helped the Huskies sweep a season series from Arizona (32-6, 2-4) for the first time in school history.
The reigning National Player of the Year shut down the nation's highest-scoring offense all weekend, allowing just four runs in 21 innings, three of which came late in the game Sunday as she started to tire. She did not allow a run through four frames Sunday to give her 12 consecutive scoreless innings against the Wildcats until they broke through for two in the fifth and one in the seventh. She struck out 13 in the game, her third-straight double-digit strikeout performance against Arizona, finishing the weekend with 39 Ks and just three walks.
Lawrie's offense also jumped all over Arizona's pitching for a second-straight day after a 2-1 win in the opener. A day after scoring seven runs on eight hits in a 7-0 blanking to clinch the series, UW earned the sweep with 11 hits, seven off the bats of Jenn Salling, Kimi Pohlman and freshman Shawna Wright.
Salling and Pohlman sparked the Dawgs from the top two spots in the order, combining to go 5-for-7 with five runs, two doubles and two RBI. Salling went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base while Pohlman went 3-for-4 with three runs and a double.
The Huskies had a season-high five doubles in the game, two off the bat of Wright, who continued to display no nerves as a freshman. She went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a run and a walk, including a big two-run double in the third inning that put UW out front 3-0.
UW scored four in the third to jump out early, then watched Arizona cut it to 4-2 in the fifth. The Huskies would get one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth before exploding for four more runs in the sixth to make it 9-2. Arizona scored another run in the seventh and had the bases loaded after three-straight hits with two outs, but Lawrie knocked down a hard line drive up the middle and got the out at first to end the game.
Salling got UW's first rally started with a one-out double and a single by Pohlman and a walk to Lawrie loaded the bases for Niki Williams, who drove in the first run of the game with a fielder's choice. Wright then followed with a drive to straight-away centerfield that bounced off the wall, plating two more runs. Wright would later come home on an RBI single by Hooch Fagaly.
After Arizona cut the lead in half, Wright would put another run on the board for UW with her second RBI double in the fifth. Pohlman led off with a single, advanced to second on a long fly out by Lawrie and came around on Wright's shot to the left-center gap.
In the sixth, UW put things away with four more runs, two coming off the bat of Williams - who drove in three in the game - and another two off the bat of Salling. Fagaly led off with a walk and pinch-hitter Jenna Clifton singled before the pair would move up a base each on an error by the Arizona left fielder. Salling then stepped up and ripped a single up the middle to make it 7-2 and knock Arizona's ace Kenzie Fowler out of the game for the second straight day.
Pohlman then greeted new pitcher Sarah Akamine with a double on the first pitch she delivered, moving Salling over to third for Williams, who brought both home with a single to right to make it 9-1.
Lawrie would retire two of the first three Arizona hitters to start the seventh, but the top of the Wildcats lineup started to get to the weary ace, lining three-straight singles before the senior bore down and ended the game and the series.
The Huskies will now travel down to Eugene to face No. 21 Oregon in a three-game series starting Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. The teams will also face off Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at Noon. The Ducks and Huskies are tied for first place with 5-1 records after Oregon earned a three-game sweep over Cal this weekend.