Husky Offense Explodes In 11-0 Win
May 2, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 4 Washington softball team pounded out 11 hits to back a two-hit shutout by Danielle Lawrie in a five-inning 11-0 win over Oregon Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.
UW won its third straight game and improved to 12-0 at home this season as they moved within a game of first-place in the conference. The Huskies are 38-9 overall and 11-6 in Pac-10 play while the Ducks fell to 15-31 and 2-15.
Lawrie allowed just two hits and struck 10 in notching her 17th shutout of the season, which breaks the UW single-season record. She improved to 29-5 on the season, tied for the fourth-most wins in a single season at UW.
The Huskies scored three in the first, one in the second and seven in the third to put the Ducks away early. Six different players combined for 11 hits with four players getting at least two hits in the game. Ashley Charters and Kimi Pohlman continued to be one of the best one-two punches from the top of the lineup in the country, combining to go a perfect 5-for-5 with five runs and three RBI in the game.
The senior Charters, who is hitting .461 overall and .500 in Pac-10 play, went 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBI, a double and a stolen base. The freshman Pohlman, who is second on the team with a .381 average overall and a .408 mark in conference, went 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
Lawrie also helped herself out by going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI while Ashlyn Watson was 2-for-2 with a run and three RBI, which all came on her eighth home run of the season.
The Huskies got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning on two hits, two walks and a Duck error. Charters led off the inning with a single and stole second before advancing to third on a fielder's choice by Jenn Salling. Lawrie then executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt with Charters sliding home just in front of the tag.
After Watson singled through the left side to load the bases, Morgan Stuart walked to bring in a run and Alicia Blake hit a ball back to the pitcher who threw home but the ball got past the catcher to allow Salling to score.
UW struck again in the second with a run on two hits. Charters and Pohlman led off with back-to-back singles. After Salling reached on another fielder's choice that forced Charters at third, Lawrie followed with a single to load the bases. Watson then followed with her fifth sacrifice fly of the season to make the score 4-0 and put her two shy of the UW single-season record.
The Huskies then exploded for seven runs in the third on five hits to put the game away. Charters had a two-run double in the inning and Watson blasted a three-run home run, her career-high eighth of the season.
Blake led off the inning with a single and Felecia Harris reached on an error, setting up Charters, who ripped a ball in the left-center gap to plate both Blake and pinch-runner Marnie Koziol. After a balk moved Charters to third, Pohlman laced a single just inside third base to score Charters. After Salling walked and Lawrie ripped a single to right to score Pohlman, Watson hit a drive over the left field wall to cap the scoring.
Lawrie cruised to the victory, allowing just a walk in the first, a single in the second and a double in the fifth. She struck out the side in the both the second and the fifth innings, setting three straight batters down swinging after allowing a leadoff double in the fifth.
The Huskies finish out the weekend and the season series with Oregon on Sunday at Noon.