Huskies Complete Weekend Sweep With 7-1 Win
April 19, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 4 Washington softball team broke out for 11 hits - three each by Ashley Charters and Morgan Stuart - to back Danielle Lawrie's three-hit, nine-strikeout performance, completing a three-game weekend sweep of the Oregon schools with a 7-1 win over Oregon State Sunday at the OSU Softball Complex.
The Huskies are now 34-7 overall and conclude the first swing of Pac-10 play with a 7-4 record to move into a tie for second in the conference.
Lawrie just missed her third consecutive shutout when the Beavers scraped together a run in the seventh, but she was nearly unhittable to that point, allowing just one hit through six innings to extend her scoreless streak to 22 innings. She recorded her ninth strikeout to end the game and improve to 25-4 on the season.
After scoring just three runs in their last six road games combined, the Huskies came out swinging from the get go against the Beavers (22-22, 3-9), scoring two runs in the first inning. Charters singled and stole second to start the game and Kimi Pohlman followed with an infield single to move Charters to third and then stole second herself. That set up Jenn Salling who singled through the right side to plate both runners.
The Huskies struck again in the second, with Charters ripping a two-run double to left-center field. Stuart and Alicia Blake started the inning with back-to-back singles before Felecia Harris reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Stuart out at third. But Lauren Greer was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Charters, who drove the ball into the gap to score both Blake and Harris.
UW added another run in the third when Lawrie led off with a single and pinch runner Marnie Koziol stole second and moved to third on a base hit by Stuart before scoring on an RBI fielder's choice by Blake.
Stuart gave the Huskies some insurance in the seventh after Lawrie walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The sophomore followed with a double into the right-center gap to increase the lead to 7-0.
Lawrie faced the minimum through four innings, allowing a leadoff single in the first to Ashley Sanchez who was then caught stealing by Blake. The All-American then retired the next 13 batters, including eight via strikeout.
Charters went 3-for-4 in the game with a run and two RBI. She went 8-for-11 over the weekend with three runs and three RBI. Her three hits on the day moved her into a tie for fourth on the all-time hits list at UW. She has now hit safely in 18 of the last 20 games and has 12 multi-hit games in her last 14. She is hitting .525 in Pac-10 games and .463 overall.
Stuart also went 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI.
The Huskies will wrap up their seven-game road swing next weekend when they travel to the desert to play No. 9 Arizona on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 5 Arizona State on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at Noon.