No. 1 Huskies Down Cardinal, 8-0, In Series Opener
May 7, 2010
SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 1 Washington Huskies shut out the 15th-ranked Stanford softball team, 8-0 in five innings, behind pitcher Danielle Lawrie's no-hitter, Friday, at Husky Softball Stadium. The Cardinal fall to 33-15 overall and 5-11 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improve to 41-5 on the season and 13-3 in the conference.
Freshman Jenna Rich earned the start in the circle for the Cardinal and took the loss, dropping to 3-3 on the season. She gave up six earned runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work. Lawrie improved to 31-2 with her fourth no-hitter of the season.
The Huskies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the Cardinal. Washington loaded the bases with its first three batters. Lead-off hitter Kimi Pohlman reached on an error by Stanford second baseman Jenna Becerra, while short stop Jenn Salling singled to center field and designated player Niki Williams drew a walk. Clean-up hitter Shawna Wright cleared the bases with a line-drive double to left center field.
Lawrie strung together five strikeouts in a row, preventing the Cardinal from putting together any offense through the first three innings. The Huskies increased its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third as Wright hit a two-run shot over the left center field wall.
The Cardinal made a pitching change in the bottom of the fourth, giving senior third baseman Shannon Koplitz her first career appearance in the circle. She threw 0.2 innings giving up one run and two hits, while walking two batters. The Huskies closed the door on the Cardinal, scoring three runs in the fourth inning.
Game two of the three-game series will be played Saturday, May 8. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. from Husky Softball Stadium.