Lawrie Shuts Down `Cats Again In 4-1 Win
April 25, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Washington junior Danielle Lawrie shut down the nation's highest-scoring offense for the second time this season, striking out 13 Arizona batters and allowing just four hits in 4-1 Husky win on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Just a month ago, Lawrie no-hit Arizona in Seattle to become the first pitcher to hold the Wildcats hitless since 2000. This time, Arizona ended the no-hitter after one batter but Lawrie was in control for most of the game as she improved to 26-5.
The Huskies improved to 35-8 overall and 8-5 in Pac-10 while Arizona fell to 36-11 and 8-4 in conference.
Ashley Charters and Kimi Pohlman set the table for UW form the top two spots in the order, going a combined 5-for-8 with two runs and two RBI. Charters went 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base, extending her hitting streak to five games, three of which have been three-hit games. She is batting .632 (12-for-19) in the last five games since having her 16-game hit streak snapped.
The freshman Pohlman, meanwhile, continued to impress, going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI to go along with a double and a stolen base. Fellow freshman Niki Williams also had two hits for the Huskies, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Huskies jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings and held on to that lead until Arizona mounted a threat in the fifth. They pushed across one run but Lawrie and the defense escaped a crucial jam in the inning to preserve the victory.
Both teams had chances to score in the first inning with the Huskies getting runners on second and third with one out. Charters led off the game with a double and after Pohlman moved her to third with a ground out to second, Jenn Salling walked and stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out. But Arizona's starter Lindsey Sisk (11-3) struck out Lawrie and got Alicia Blake to pop up to end the threat.
The Wildcats also got a double to lead off their half of the first by Brittany Lastrapes, but Lawrie struck out the next two batters and got the nation's home run leader, Stacie Chambers, to pop up to third base to retire the side.
Lawrie got a chase to redeem herself with two runners on base in the third and this time made good on the opportunity. Pohlman bounced a one-out infield single and stole second then advanced to third on a single to center by Salling. Lawrie then ripped a single to left to plate Salling.
The Huskies then got a huge break when Morgan Stuart lifted a two-out pop-up into shallow left field but the ball was misplayed by the Arizona shortstop and dropped in un-touched giving Stuart an RBI double.
UW struck again in the fourth inning, getting two runs on three hits. Williams led off the inning with a single before being forced out at second on a fielder's choice by Marnie Koziol. Charters then ripped a ball up the middle which Sisk knocked down but Charters was safe at first to put two on for Pohlman. The freshman then lined a ball down the left field line which got all the way to the wall, plating Koziol and Charters, who sped all the way around from first.
After the leadoff double, Lawrie settled down and retired 11 in a row, including eight via strikeout, until a two-out walk to Chambers in the fourth. She bounced back by striking out the next batter to escape the inning and give her nine Ks in the game.
Arizona ended the shutout in the fifth inning on two walks and back-to-back singles by Karissa Buchanan and Lastrapes. The Huskies secured a huge second out, however, when K'Lee Arredondo came up with the bases loaded and one out and hit a ball just to the right of second base. But Ashley Charters made the tough play and threw home where Alicia Blake made an even tougher play to secure the low throw and get the out.
With two outs and the bases still loaded, Lawrie went to a 3-0 count on Arizona's No. 3 hitter, Jenae Leles with Chambers on deck. But Lawrie worked the count back to 3-2 and then got Leles swinging on a change up to end the threat.
The Husky ace struck out every batter in the Arizona starting lineup at least once. Holding the nation's highest-scoring offense to just one run on four hits while walking three.The Huskies had runners on base in every hitting, collecting 11 hits and getting the benefit of three walks and one Arizona error.
The Huskies, who clinched the season series against both Arizona and Arizona State for the first time since 2000, will face the Wildcats again on Sunday at Noon.