No. 3 Stanford Edges Huskies, 1-0, In 11 Innings
March 28, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Danielle Lawrie threw 8.1 hitless innings and struck out 16 batters but the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal manufactured a run in the bottom of the 11th inning to steal a 1-0 victory from the Huskies Saturday in Pac-10 play.
The Huskies (28-4, 1-1) and Cardinal (30-2, 1-1) were locked in a pitcher's dual between the conference's top two hurlers - Lawrie and Stanford ace Missy Penna. The teams combined for just 10 hits in 11 innings with Washington getting six hits compared to just four for Stanford, but the Cardinal took advantage of their biggest threat in the 11th to get the win.
Stanford's Sarah Hassman led off the 11th with an infield single and one out later Ashley Hansen singled to the exact same spot as Hassman, chopping a ball over the head of Husky third baseman Niki Williams which shortstop Morgan Stuart tracked down but was unable to get either of the Cardinal's speedy runners.
After Shannon Koplitz walked to load the bases, Lawrie threw an inside pitch on the first offering to clean-up hitter Rosey Neill and the ball knicked Neill on the arm, allowing the winning run to score.
The Huskies were unable to get a run in support of Lawrie who was unhittable in the first eight innings. She struck out seven in a row over one stretch from the first-through-third innings and did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield until a fly out in the seventh.
With one out in the ninth, the Cardinal got their first two hits of the game when Hansen and Koplitz notched back-to-back singles, but Lawrie induced a pop up to Williams and struck out Brittany Minder for the fourth time in the game to escape.
The Huskies had several chances in the game, stranding 11 base runners. Ashley Charters went 2-for-5 with a stolen base to extend her hitting streak to 12 games.
UW had a good chance to score in the fifth when Felecia Harris led off with UW's first hit of the game and Kimi Pohlman laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Marnie Koziol to second. Charters then singled to center to move Koziol to third and stole second base to put runner on second and third with one out.
UW had two one with one out again in the sixth, but Lawrie lined into an inning-ending double play to end another threat. UW twice had two runners on base in extra innings but Penna escaped time and time again to improve to 20-2.
Lawrie was the hard-luck loser, falling to 19-2 despite her 16 strikeouts.
The Huskies and Cardinal will go at it again Sunday at Noon at the Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.