Bats Heat Up For Huskies In 11-3 Win
April 4, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 3 Washington softball team exploded for 11 runs on 15 hits to knock off No. 4 Arizona State, Saturday, 11-3, in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Huskies have now scored 17 runs in the last two games after being shutout in consecutive losses to No. 2 Stanford last weekend. They improved to 30-5 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play while the Sun Devils dropped to 32-6 and 4-1.
Danielle Lawrie wasn't as sharp as Friday when she no-hit No. 9 Arizona, but she was solid enough to improve to 21-3, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out five while walking two.
The offense, meanwhile, was clicking on all cylinders with No. 1 and No. 2 hitters Ashley Charters and Kimi Pohlman going a combined 6-for-7 with three runs and an RBI. Charters went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for her eighth consecutive multi-hit game and extended her career-best hitting streak to 15 games. Three other Huskies collected at least two hits, with Lawrie helping her case by going 2-for-2 with two RBI, Morgan Stuart going 2-for-3 with a run and Marnie Koziol going 2-for-3 with two runs. Seniors Lauren Greer and Alicia Blake both went yard the Dawgs.
The Sun Devils made sure they wouldn't be no-hit from the get-go as leadoff hitter Jessica Mapes doubled to the left-center gap to start the game. But Lawrie worked out of the jam, retiring the next two hitters - including striking out All-American Kaitlin Cochran, who came in having homered in seven consecutive games. After a walk to the next batter, Lawrie struck out Krista Donnenwirth to end the inning.
UW then came up and put runs on the board in the first inning for the second straight day. With one out, Pohlman and sophomore Jenn Salling were both hit by pitches and Lawrie followed with a single to left to score Pohlman. Ashlyn Watson then followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Salling, who has scored three runs in her first two games with the Huskies.
The Sun Devils got a run back in the second on a home run by Katie Crabb, just the third home run Lawrie has allowed all season.
UW got the run right back in the bottom of the inning, however, when Koziol singled, stole second and was driven home by Charters, who ripped a solid single up the middle.
The Huskies then broke the game open in the third with seven runs, the first five coming before any outs were recorded. Greer and Blake both homered in the inning, with Greer blasting her second of the season and Blake connecting for her first.
Lawrie started the inning with a walk and Watson followed with a single to left before Greer sent a blast over the centerfield wall for her first long ball since the fourth game of the season. After the Sun Devils changed pitchers, Stuart greeted the new pitcher with a double to left field and Blake followed with her first home run of the season to deep right-center.
One out later, Charters and Pohlman both singled and Salling grounded out to second to plate Charters. Lawrie then followed with a single to right to score Pohlman.
The Sun Devils scored two runs on four hits in the fifth to avoid the run rule for half an inning, but the Huskies pushed another run across in the bottom of the inning. Koziol, Charters and Pohlman each singled to load the bases with no outs. Niki Williams then pinch hit and hit a sharp ball to the shortstop whose throw home was in the dirt, allowing Koziol to slide home safely and end the game.
The Huskies and Sun Devils will conclude the weekend series Sunday at Noon at Husky Softball Stadium. UW will travel down to California next weekend to face UCLA on Friday and Saturday, both at Noon.
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