Cal-State Fullerton Edges No. 2 UW, 3-2
March 15, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 2/3 Washington softball team dropped a close contest, 3-2, to the host Cal-State Fullerton Titans Sunday on the final day of the Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
The Huskies finished the prestigious tournament with a 4-1 record and stand at 24-3 overall before heading into their final non-conference weekend.
The Titans (12-13) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning and held off a couple late rallies by the Huskies to earn the victory.
Cal-State Fullerton chased starting pitcher Felecia Harris in the third inning when they scored three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run by Torrie Anderson.
Stuart led off the inning with her second double of the game to right field and scored on a single up the middle be Greer. Greer advanced to second on the throw and then to third on an error by the catcher, setting up Fleischman's perfect suicide squeeze to cut the lead to 3-2.
But the Titans held the Huskies at bay over the final three innings, including a potential big inning in the fifth. Kimi Pohlman led off the inning with a single and stole second and leadoff hitter Ashley Charters hit a ball to third that snuck under the third baseman's legs, but Pohlman was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. Charters then stole second to get into scoring position, but the Huskies were unable to push across the tying run.
Jenna Clifton came into the game in relief of Harris and allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Danielle Lawrie then came in to pitch the final two innings, striking out four of the six batters she faced and not allowing a hit.
Stuart collected two of the Huskies' five hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Charters added a triple, the 12th of her career to move into a tie for third on the UW career charts.
The sophomore Stuart had a big weekend for the Huskies, batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and two home runs.
The Huskies return home next weekend to face New Mexico in a doubleheader, Saturday, March 21, at Noon and in a single-game on Sunday, March 22, also at Noon at Husky Softball Stadium in their final tune-up before Pac-10 play begins.