Lawrie No-Hits No. 9 Arizona In 6-0 UW Win
April 3, 2009
SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie tossed her first no-hitter of the season and the third of her career Friday, shutting down the No. 1 offense in the country, leading the No. 3 Washington softball team to a 6-0 win over No. 9 Arizona at Husky Softball Stadium.
Lawrie struck out 12 and walked just one against the Wildcats, who came into the game leading the nation in scoring, averaging just over nine runs per game. The Husky junior threw exactly 100 pitches in the game, striking out Jenae Leles to seal the no-hitter. It was the first time Arizona has been no-hit since the 2000 season, when Southern Mississippi's Courtney Blades no-hit the Wildcats in the Women's College World Series.
The junior improved to 20-3 on the season and lowered her nation-leading ERA to 0.40. Her last no-hitter came in the 2007 Women's College World Series when she held DePaul hitless in her first-ever World Series game.
The Huskies improved to 29-5 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play while Arizona dropped to 31-8 and 3-1.
UW's offense broke out for six runs on 10 hits in support of Lawrie after being shutout in 18 consecutive innings by Stanford's Missy Penna last weekend. They scored a run in the first inning and never looked back, scoring again in the third and putting the game away with four runs in the sixth.
Senior Ashley Charters collected her seventh consecutive multi-hit game and set a new career-high by extending her hitting streak to 14 games. She went 2-for-4 with an RBI while freshman Kimi Pohlman went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore Morgan Stuart also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with a run.
The Huskies jumped on the board in the first inning with an unearned run, a rally which was started by new Husky Jen Salling, who received word this week she was eligible to play after transferring from Oregon. With two outs, Salling was hit by a pitch to bring up Lawrie, who lined a base hit into right field. Salling advanced to third on the play and the shortstop threw the ball back into the infield but throw went astray, sending Salling home.
UW picked up another unearned run in the third inning after loading the bases with one out. Charters and Pohlman led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Salling reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Pohlman out at second. Lawrie then reached on an error by the third baseman to load the bases for Ashlyn Watson, who hit a ground ball back to Arizona pitcher Jennifer Martinez. Martinez threw home to get Charters but the catcher's throw to first went into right field, allowing Salling to score for the second time in the game.
The Huskies then broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning on six hits. Alicia Blake knocked in the first run, plating Stuart, who had reached on a single of her own and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next three Huskies also followed with singles, with Charters notching an RBI single and Pohlman ripping a two-run single to right.
The six runs were more than enough for Lawrie, who struck out Arizona's big hitters, Leles and Stacie Chambers, twice each. The two came into the game with a combined 39 home runs this season, with Chambers leading the country with 22 long balls. The Wildcats lead the nation with 88 home runs in 38 games.
The Huskies turn their attention to defending champion and fourth-ranked Arizona State. The Huskies and Sun Devils square off at Husky Softball Stadium Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at Noon.