No. 1 Huskies Make Quick Work Of Oregon State, 13-1
April 30, 2010
SEATTLE - The No. 1 Washington softball team used 12 hits and a near-school record 10 walks to stay atop the Pac-10 standings with a 13-1 five-inning victory over Oregon State Friday at Husky Softball Stadium.
UW came within one walk of a school record, drawing five in a 10-run third inning that clinched the game as the Huskies improved to 38-5 overall and 10-3 in conference.
Danielle Lawrie allowed just two hits and struck out 12 in just five innings to improve to 28-2. She allowed a leadoff double and RBI single to the first two batters of the game before settling down to retire 15 of the last 17 including the final 12 batters of the game.
Freshman Hooch Fagaly broke things open with a three-run home run in UW's big third inning, her second of the season. Four different Huskies had two hits in the game including freshman Shawna Wright, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Lawrie helped her case by going 2-for-3 with a run, Jenn Salling went 2-for-2 and Amanda Fleischman went 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Niki Williams also had a big day, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.
After Oregon State scored a run in the first to break Lawrie's streak of 25-consecutive scoreless innings, the Huskies came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on Wright's RBI single. Pohlman led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single to center by Salling and Williams followed with another walk to bring up Wright, whose single to center tied things up.
UW then took the lead for good in the second with a pair of runs on RBI singles by Pohlman and Williams. Fleischman started a two-out rally with a bunt single and Pohlman followed with an RBI single up the middle. After a Salling single moved her into scoring position, Williams brought Pohlman home with a hit to center.
UW then broke things wide open in the third, exploding for 10 runs on five hits, two walks and a pair of Beaver errors. Lawrie kicked things off with a leadoff single and Fagaly walked before Morgan Stuart hit a ball to the first baseman, who tried to get pinch runner Maggie Wagner at third, but the ball went into left field allowing one run to score.
That opened the flood gates as the next eight Huskies reached base, four via walk. After Jenna Clifton walked to load the bases, Fleischman singled to make it 5-1. The next three UW batters - Pohlman, Salling and Williams - all walked to drive in a run, increasing UW's lead to 8-1. After Wright ripped a two-run single, Fagaly delivered the knockout blow with a long home run over the left field wall to cap the scoring.
Lawrie was cruising at this point, striking out seven of eight over one stretch. She then ended the game in style, striking out the side in the seventh to move within 64 strikeouts of the all-time Pac-10 record.
The Huskies and Beavers square off again on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at Noon. Both games can be seen live on UWTV or heard live on KKNW 1150 AM. For links to both online, go to www.GoHuskies.com.
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