No. 1 Huskies Use Four Home Runs To Blow Past OSU, 9-0

May 1, 2010

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SEATTLE - The No. 1 Washington softball team earned its second straight mercy-rule victory over Oregon State, launching a season-high four home runs and four doubles to defeat Oregon State, 9-0, Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.

In front of a season-high sellout crowd of 1,736, UW hit four home runs in the first two innings to put the game away early, improving to 39-5 overall and 11-3 in Pac-10 play to stay atop the conference standings. The Huskies scored five in the first and four in the second before cruising over the final three innings to drop the Beavers to 22-26 and 2-12.

Junior Morgan Stuart, sophomores Taylor Smith and Niki Williams and freshman Shawna Wright all hit home runs for the Dawgs, who have outscored OSU, 22-1, in the series so far. Stuart and Williams each added doubles, as did Jenn Salling and Kimi Pohlman, as UW collected 10 hits and drew four walks a day after getting 12 hits and 10 walks.

Williams, Stuart and Smith combined to go 6-for-8 with five runs and seven of UW's nine RBI. Williams went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, ripping her ninth home run of the season. Stuart went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI and her third home run of the year while Smith went 2-for-2 with a run and three driven in. Smith, who has started just 11 of UW's 44 games, is fourth on the team with six home runs and 18 RBI.

Wright added a solo shot - her 10th of the season - to give her 43 RBI in her rookie year, tied with Danielle Lawrie for the team lead. She is also second behind Lawrie for home runs on the squad and leads the team with 17 RBI in Pac-10 play.

As for Lawrie, the senior allowed just one hit in her four innings of work, striking out six to improve to 29-2. She walked just one and retired 10 in a row after giving up a one-out single in the first. Freshman Baily Harris came in to finish the game in the fifth, striking out one batter to secure the victory.

The Huskies jumped all over the Beavers from the get-go, with Williams and Wright blasting back-to-back home runs in the first. Pohlman got things going with a leadoff double and one out later, Williams launched a deep drive to straight away center to make it 2-0. Wright then followed immediately with a drive to left for her team-high third Pac-10 home run.

UW wasn't done yet as Hooch Fagaly walked - her 14th in 14 conference games - and Stuart doubled down the left field line to put two in scoring position for Smith, who looped a perfectly placed ball down the right field line to score both runners.

The Huskies then put things away with four more in the second on another back-to-back display, this time by Stuart and Smith. Williams started things off with a double and scored on Fagaly's single to right center. Stuart then cleared the bases with a two-run shot to left field, her first home run since March 7. Smith followed with a long home run to right field, giving her six this year. Half of her hits this season have gone for home runs.

That would be all Lawrie and the Dawgs would need as they clinched their fifth-consecutive series victory in conference play, staying one game ahead of Arizona in the standings with just seven left to play.

The Huskies and Beavers square off again on Sunday at 12 p.m., a game that can be seen live on UWTV or heard live on KKNW 1150 AM.

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