Softball Pounds Pacific, 9-0

March 17, 2007

FULLERTON, Calif.-- Sophomore pitcher Danielle Lawrie drove in five runs and picked up the save in Saturday's 9-0, six-inning victory over Pacific as the 12th-ranked Washington softball team (19-7) advances to Sunday's consolation semifinal at the Judi Garman Classic. The Huskies will face the winner of tonight's Texas vs. Notre Dame game tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

Lawrie combined with starter Caitlin Noble to toss a one-hit shutout against the Tigers, while the UW offense pounded 12 hits.

The Huskies used two hits in the second inning to jump out to the 3-0 lead. Alicia Matthews, Lawrie and Jacki Hansen drew walks to load the bases and a single up the middle by All-American Ashley Charters scored two runs. Sophomore Marnie Koziol then hit an infield single to the shortstop to score another run to put Washington on top, 3-0.

UW added three more runs in the third inning on a three-run home run by Lawrie. The blast marked Lawrie's fourth home run of the season and scored Amanda Fleischman (who was running for Dena Tyson) and Noble, who had reached base on singles as the Huskies took the 6-0 lead.

Washington posted another run in the fourth frame when Koziol singled, stole second and third base and scored on an error by the catcher.

The Huskies put the game out of reach in the sixth, scoring two runs on two hits to trigger the mercy-rule. Tyson reached on a fielder's choice and Matthews followed with a double to right field. Lawrie then doubled to right field to score two and give UW the eight-plus lead it needed to end the game.

Noble earned the win, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out four in three innings. Lawrie pitched three innings of relief, allowing no runs on no hits and fanning five to pick up her second save of the year.

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