No. 3 Softball Turns Back Ole Miss, 8-2

Feb. 21, 2009

Box Score

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The No. 3 Washington softball team avoided a let down after an emotional 1-0 victory over No. 2 Florida on Friday, holding off a pesky Ole Miss team, 8-2, Saturday night at the Cathedral City Classic.

The Huskies improved to 12-0, extending their school record best start.

Freshman Felecia Harris (5-0) stayed undefeated in her career, pitching four innings and allowing two runs - none earned - on four hits while striking out one and walking one. Fellow freshman Jenna Clifton pitched the final three innings for her first career save, allowing just two hits and striking out one.

Seniors Ashlyn Watson, Alicia Blake and Ashley Charters continued to swing the hot bats for the Huskies. Watson went 3-for-5 with three RBI after a 2-for-4 effort last night and Blake went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Charters went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and also stole two bases.

The Huskies jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the top of the first on two hits and two Rebels errors. Charters led off with a walk and stole second and third base before scoring on an RBI single by Watson. Blake followed with a single up the middle to move Watson to third, who then scored on an overthrow back into the infield by the Ole Miss centerfielder.

After Lauren Greer walked and Morgan Stuart was hit by a pitch, Harris followed with a ground ball to the shortstop, whose throw pulled the first baseman off the base to allow Greer to cross home with the third run of the inning.

After Mississippi scored two runs in the third to get to within 3-2, the Huskies came back and scored three runs in the fifth inning to pad their lead. Blake led off with a single and advanced to third when the Ole Miss left fielder misplayed the ball. She scored two batters later when Stuart hit a hard ground ball up the middle which snuck under the Rebels' shortstop. Jessica Ventoza followed with a single to put runners on first and second for Harris, who singled up the middle to score pinch runner Marnie Koziol.

Two batters later, Charters singled to plate Ventoza and give UW a 6-2 lead.

UW added some insurance in the seventh inning on singles by freshman Kimi Pohlman and Charters, who both scored on a single by Watson.

The Huskies will play two games Sunday morning, facing Nebraska at 10 a.m. and No. 23 Ohio State at Noon. UW will then return home to host the Husky Softball Classic, Feb. 27-March 1 at Husky Softball Stadium. For ticket information, click here.

Charters' two stolen bases in the first give her eight on the season and 104 in her career, nine shy of tying the school record.

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