Lawrie Strikes Out Season-High 18 In 10-Inning Shutout

April 23, 2010

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BERKELEY, Calif. - Danielle Lawrie struck out a season high 18 batters, allowing just three hits and holding No. 13 California scoreless over 10 innings, giving the No. 1 Washington softball team a 1-0 win over the Bears Friday at Levine-Fricke Field.

The Huskies (36-4, 8-2) scored the winning run in the top of the 10th with senior Amanda Fleischman plating Shawna Wright when she reached on an error by the Cal third baseman. The Bears then threatened in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double, but after a sac bunt moved the tying run to third, Lawrie struck out the final two batters to end the game.

The 18 Ks moved Lawrie into second place in Pac-10 history with 1,678 career strikeouts, a number which also puts her sixth in NCAA history. She is now just 90 strikeouts shy of the Pac-10 record set by Arizona's Alicia Hollowell.

UW stayed atop the Pac-10 standings with the win over the Golden Bears, who fell to 33-12 overall and 4-6 in conference play.

Lawrie improved to 26-2 on the season and fired her nation-leading 15th shutout. She threw 173 pitches in the game, outdueling Cal freshman Jolene Henderson, who allowed no earned runs and eight hits in 10 innings, striking out four. Lawrie struck out six Cal batters at least twice in the game, including fanning a pair of Golden Bears four times each.

Sophomores Kimi Pohlman and Niki Williams had more than half of the Huskies' hits between them, with Pohlman going 3-for-4 with a walk and Williams batting 2-for-5. The Huskies left a season-high 14 runners on base.

UW put the leadoff batter on base in three of the first four innings and had a runner in scoring position with one out four times in the first six innings but were unable to push across a run. Leadoff singles by Pohlman, Fleischman and Williams in the first four innings and a leadoff walk by Lawrie followed by a Williams single in the sixth all went for naught.

Lawrie, meanwhile, cruised from the get go, striking out the side in the first, fanning two in the second and striking out the side in the fourth, not allowing a runner to second base until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Golden Bears looked as if they might walk off with the win. Jace Williams led off with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt, but Lawrie forced Taylor Kelly to line out to Niki Williams at third base, who doubled off Jace Williams at second to send the game into extras.

UW had the first chance to break through in extras, putting runners on second and third with one out in the eighth after Wright reached on an error and Hooch Fagaly drilled a double to centerfield. But Henderson was able to escape after a pair of groundouts.

Lawrie then got stronger as the game went into extra innings, striking out the side in the eighth and fanning two each in the ninth and 10th.

UW would threaten in the ninth again, getting a one-out double from Pohlman. The Bears then chose to intentionally walk Jenn Salling to get to Lawrie - something they did twice in the game - and the move paid off as Lawrie lined into a double play to end the threat.

But UW would finally break through in the 10th when Wright reached on a one-out single, Fagaly walked and both advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Jerrin Fa'asua. Fleischman then used her speed to pressure the Cal third baseman into an error, allowing Wright to come home with the eventual winning run.

The Bears looked like they might extend the game when Frani Echavarria led off with a double down the left field line, but after a sac bunt moved her to third, Lawrie struck out Cal's No. 8 and No. 9 hitters both swinging to end the marathon.

The teams will be back at it on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will wrap up the series on Sunday at Noon.

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