No. 2 Huskies Defeat Cal 9-1 In Pac-10 Opener
March 27, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 2 Washington Husky softball team opened Pac-10 play with a bang Thursday, using a seven-run fourth inning to down No. 12 Cal, 9-1, in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Huskies (28-3, 1-0) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Cal (23-9, 0-1) came back to tie the score in the bottom of the third. But UW scored seven runs - all with two outs - in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Danielle Lawrie saw her first action in nearly two weeks and improved to 19-1, allowing one run on two hits and striking out 10.
Senior Ashley Charters once again sparked UW from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a walk. She extend her hitting streak to 11 games and now has 10 hits in her last 14 at-bats.
Freshman Kimi Pohlman also went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the Huskies notched eight hits in the game and got the benefit of four Cal errors.
The Huskies came out firing, getting on the board in the first inning after Charters singled and stole second then advanced to third when the throw bounced into the outfield. Alicia Blake then hit a ground ball to the shortstop who elected not to make a play on Charters at home, giving UW the 1-0 lead.
After Cal tied the score in the bottom of the third, the Huskies came right back and sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth, with nine consecutive batters reaching base after the first two batters were retired. Pohlman laid down a perfect two-out bunt single to reach first and stole second before Charters and Niki Williams both walked to load the bases for Blake. The senior then hit a ball to the shortstop who tried to get the force out at third, but Charters beat the throw, allowing Pohlman to score the go-ahead run.
Ashlyn Watson then followed with a hard ground ball up the middle which the shortstop couldn't handle, scoring Charters and Williams. After Morgan Stuart was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases, Lauren Greer followed with a smash up the middle to score two and break the game open. Marnie Koziol, who started the inning by getting thrown out at first by a half-step, then singled up the middle to plate Stuart. Another Cal error led to the seventh run of the inning to make the score 8-1.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when Charters singled, stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball to right by Williams and scored on an error.
The Huskies continue their Bay Area series Saturday when they take on No. 3 Stanford at 1 p.m. The Huskies and Cardinal will also go head-to-head Sunday at Noon.