Dawgs Force Game Three Vs. Sooners With 3-0 Win
May 28, 2010
SEATTLE - A night after one of the rougher outings of her college career, Husky All-American Danielle Lawrie was back to her usual dominant self Friday night, leading the No. 1-ranked and third-seeded Washington softball team to a 3-0 win over 11th-ranked and No. 14 seed Oklahoma. The win forced a third and deciding game in the NCAA Super Regional later Friday night at Husky Softball Stadium.
Lawrie (39-3), who surrendered five homers in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Sooners, threw a two-hit shutout in Friday's second game of the best-of-three series. She struck out 10 while giving up only a pair of singles in her seven innings in the circle while also going 1-for-3 at the plate.
Washington improved to 49-7 on the season while the Sooners saw a 15-game winning streak snapped to fall to 47-11.
The two teams will play game three of the NCAA Super Regional series later Friday night, with the winner advancing to the Women's College World Series. The game is airing live on ESPN2 and also on KKNW AM-1150 radio.
Washington used a pair of extra-base hits in the second inning to grab the game's first lead. Niki Williams led off the inning by lining a pitch to right that got past diving OU right fielder Haley Nix and out to the wall for a triple. After an out, Taylor Smith laced a double into the gap in left-center field, plating Williams to give the Huskies a 1-0 edge.
Meanwhile, Lawrie held the Sooners hitless until Jessica Shults reached on a two-out single in the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, the Huskies loaded the bases on singles from Kimi Pohlman, Lawrie and Shawna Wright. After a popout, UW first baseman Hooch Fagaly drew a walk on a full-count pitch, forcing in a run. Taylor Smith then bounced into a force at second base to drive in pinch runner Maggie Wagner, stretching the Husky advantage to 3-0.
Sooners freshman starting pitcher Keilani Ricketts (32-9) was saddled with the loss. In her six innings, she gave up three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five.