Stuart's Blast, Lawrie's Arm Lead UW To 1-0 Win
March 13, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 2 Washington softball team bounced back from a wild 14-13 victory earlier in the day to win a dramatically different game in the nightcap, 1-0, over No. 10 Michigan, on day two of the Judi Garman Classic.
Danielle Lawrie was as sharp as she's been all season in shutting down the Wolverines, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 while not allowing a walk. She retired the first 15 batters of the game and allowed just one other runner to reach base on a dropped third strike.
Sophomore Morgan Stuart provided all the offense Lawrie would need to improve to 17-1, belting her second home run of the season - and of the day - in the second inning.
The Huskies (23-2) outhit the Wolverines, 8-1, with Lauren Greer and Kimi Pohlman leading the way with two hits each. Greer went 2-for-3 with a stolen base while Pohlman went 2-for-2 and also swiped a base.
Lawrie did not allow a base runner through the first five innings before Molly Bausher broke up the no-hitter with an infield single to lead off the sixth inning. After Lawrie got the next runner to fly out to right, Bausher stole second to give the Wolverines their first scoring opportunity. But Lawrie shut the door, striking out the next two batters to end the threat.
Michigan tried to mount a rally in the seventh inning. With one out, Lawrie recorded her 12th strikeout of the game on a rise ball, but Amanda Chidester reached first when the pitch escaped the reach of Husky catcher Alicia Blake. Wolverine clean-up hitter Roya St. Clair then hit a ball to the warning track, but Pohlman tracked it down in center and Lawrie struck out Maggie Viefhaus to end the game.
Lawrie earned her third one-hit shutout of the season and her 11th shutout in all, which already ranks tied for third on the single-season UW charts.
In a wild first game, the Huskies scored eight runs in the final two innings to overcome a 13-6 deficit and pull out a 14-13 victory over Penn State.
Blake lined a single to right field to plate Niki Williams with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap an unbelievable comeback which saw the Huskies trail 5-1 after one inning, 7-1 after two innings, 11-4 in the fourth and 13-6 in the sixth.
Williams had tied the game in the seventh with her second double of the game to drive in Alyson McWherter, who started the inning with a walk, and Ashley Charters, who had singled. Blake then ended the game with her second hit of the contest.
The Huskies 1-through-5 hitters went 13-for-19 in the game, collecting all but one of UW's hits. Charters set the table from the leadoff position, going 2-for-2 with a triple, three walks and a school-record tying five runs. The freshman Williams had a career-game, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three runs and five RBI.
Senior Ashlyn Watson also drove in a career-high five runs, going 2-for4 with a two-run double and a two-run home run along with a sacrifice fly. Blake went 2-for-5 with two RBI while Stuart went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Freshman Jenna Clifton earned her first career victory in the circle, coming into the game in the second inning and pitching 5.2 innings, allowing six runs, four of which were earned. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Huskies were stunned in the first inning when Penn State took a 5-0 lead on two walks, a Husky error and a bases loaded double by Ellen McNair to score five unearned runs.
UW got a run back in the bottom of the first when Charters led off with a triple and scored on Watson's sacrifice fly.
The Nittany Lions added two more runs in the second, however, to chase freshman Felecia Harris, getting a single, a walk and a two-run double by Sam Hovanec.
Down 7-1, UW started to chip away at the lead in the third, scoring three runs, two coming on a two-run home run by Watson. Charters led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball then scored on a double by Williams. Watson then followed with her career-high seventh long ball of the season.
Penn State refused to go away, scoring another four runs in the fourth on five hits to open up an 11-5 lead.
The Dawgs came back to make it 11-6 in the fifth on Stuart's first home run of the season to deep left field.
Penn State appeared the put the game out of reach with another two runs on three hits in the fifth to make the score 13-6, but UW exploded for five runs in the sixth when six consecutive Huskies reached base. Pohlman started the one-out rally with a single and Charters followed with her third walk of the game. Williams then ripped a single to left to score Pohlman for the first run of the inning and Watson doubled to the left field fence to score both Charters and Williams.
Blake added an RBI-double to score pinch runner Amanda Fleischman and Stuart laced a single for her third hit of the game to plate Blake.
Down 13-11 heading into the final inning, McWherter led off with a walk, advanced to second on Pohlman's ground out and Charters followed with a single to send McWherter to third. Williams and Blake then capped the incredible victory with their clutch hits.
The Huskies turn return to the field Saturday to take on No. 21 Fresno State at 5:30 p.m. PT.