UW's Win Streak Snapped As No. 17 Oregon Evens Series
April 17, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 1 Washington softball team had its six-game conference winning streak snapped Saturday as No. 17 Oregon handed the Huskies a 4-0 loss at Howe Field in the second game of a weekend battle for first place in the conference.
The Huskies (34-4, 6-2) were shut out for just the second time this season. They drop into a first-place tie with the Ducks (30-7, 6-2) who improved to 12-1 at home this season after UW handed them their first loss at Howe Field, 9-2, on Friday.
UW managed just four hits off two Oregon pitchers. Samantha Skillingstad allowed four hits in her five innings of work while freshman Jessica Moore came in to pitch the final two innings, not allowing a hit to preserve the victory.
Danielle Lawrie suffered just her second loss of the season, dropping to 24-2, but she did strike out nine in the game to pass California great Michelle Granger for seventh in NCAA history and third in Pac-10 history with 1,648 career strikeouts.
The senior rolled through the Ducks lineup the first time through the order, retiring the first 10 batters she faced, striking out five of the first six hitters. But the Ducks would break through in the fourth inning when Neena Bryant broke up the no-hitter and the shutout on one swing with a one-out home run to left field, her fourth of the season.
The Huskies, meanwhile, had chances to score in the fourth and fifth but came up empty both times. Lawrie started a threat in the fourth that would end in an odd play and result in no runs for the Huskies. The senior singled to center with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Maggie Wagner, who stole second to give UW the first runner in scoring position of the game. After Shawna Wright walked, Hooch Fagaly came up and lined a single to left field, but as Wagner was rounding third and being held up by head coach Heather Tarr, she ran into Tarr and fell, ultimately getting tagged out by the third baseman. A subsequent fly out would end the inning.
The Huskies had another scoring threat thwarted in the top of the fifth when Morgan Stuart was hit by her 10th pitch of the season to lead off, but she was erased on a double play when Amanda Fleischman's bunt attempt was caught in the air and Stuart was doubled off first. Kimi Pohlman then followed with a double off the left field wall, but Jenn Salling was retired on a long fly out to end the inning.
The Ducks then broke things open with three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by freshman Sam Pappas and an RBI single by Kelsey Chambers.
The four earned runs against Lawrie ties a season high off the reigning National Player of the Year. With her nine strikeouts, however, she is now just 22 shy of sixth in NCAA history and second in Pac-10 history for career Ks.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at Noon at Howe Field.