Freshmen Impress As No. 1 Huskies Sweep Pair Of Games In Tempe

Feb. 13, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. - Washington head coach Heather Tarr predicted her 2010 team might be more powerful than her 2009 national championship-winning team. So far, some talented freshmen are proving her right.

Shawna Wright hit a pinch-hit two run home run in the sixth inning to help the No. 1 ranked Washington softball team overcome a pesky Ohio team, 4-3, Friday at the Kajikawa Classic. Fellow rookie Hooch Fagaly then ripped a three-run double in the nightcap - and Wright belted her second two-run shot - as the offense exploded for a 8-0 six-inning win over Nevada.

Danielle Lawrie got the win and shutout in the second game, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits in six innings a night after firing a perfect game in the season-opener.

The Huskies improved to 3-0 on the young season with the two victories.

After their bats were slow to get going in the first game of the day, the Huskies came alive in the second game, scoring eight runs on nine hits, ending the game in the sixth due to the eight-run mercy rule.

Sophomore Kimi Pohlman started the second game for UW with the first of her three hits on the night, then stole second before Jenn Salling brought her home with a single.

After Lawrie struck out the side in the second and the third, the Huskies struck again when Niki Williams reached on a fielder's choice and Salling and Lawrie each walked to load the bases for Fagaly, who then ripped a bases-clearing double into left-center to give UW a 4-0 lead.

Lawrie did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning - when she also had struck out nine consecutive Wolf Pack batters - but the string was broken in a big way when Nevada's Sam Bias tripled to deep left-center, the first hit off Lawrie in nearly 11 full innings this year. On the ensuing pitch, the ball got past Wright and Bias tried to come home, but Wright scrambled back to get the ball and threw a strike to Lawrie, who put the tag on to preserve the shutout.

With the score still 4-0 in the sixth, Wright continued her big day with another two-run home run, her second in as many games. That opened the flood gates for the Huskies, who would go on to add the final two runs on RBI singles by Pohlman and Williams.

Pohlman went 3-for-4 in the game with a run and an RBI while Fagaly was 2-for-2 with three RBI.

The first game was not as easy as Ohio pushed UW to the limit, but Wright's home run made a winner out of fellow freshman Baily Harris, who allowed just two earned runs and four hits in her first career start. Lawrie came on in relief in the seventh inning and struck out all three batters she faced on 10 total pitches to record her first save of the season.

UW took the first lead of a back-and-forth game in the top of the second inning when sophomore Kimi Pohlman delivered a two-out single to plate freshman Maggie Wagner. Wagner pinch ran for fellow freshman Fagaly, who led off with a walk, and promptly stole her first career base. She would then come around to score on Pohlman's first hit of the season, a line drive to right just over the second baseman's outstretched glove.

Ohio would come right back to tie up the game in the bottom of the inning, however, when a single, sacrifice and a UW error tied the score at 1-1.

UW bounced right back to take the lead again in the third inning. Salling led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out by Lawrie. Salling then attempted to steal third but the Ohio fielders failed to cover the base and the junior came around to score when the throw went into left field.

But Ohio would stun the Huskies in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead, 3-2, on a two-run home run by Caitlin Colvin.

With the Bobcats thinking upset, the Huskies battled back in the top of the sixth inning when a freshman tandem gave UW the lead back for good. After Fagaly walked for the second time, Wright was called upon to pinch hit with two outs and her first career home run was a memorable one as she launched a home run to right-center field for the game winner.

Harris was able to escape a jam in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a two-out single to Colvin before Kemezis lined a ball back up the middle which knocked Harris' glove off, but the rookie was able to gather the ball and throw to first for the out.

After the Huskies were retired in the top of the seventh, Lawrie came in to close things out in the bottom of the inning. The reigning National Player of the Year, who fired a perfect game and struck out 16 in yesterday's season opener, struck out all three batters she faced on an incredible 10 pitches to wrap up the game for the Dawgs.

The save was the sixth of Lawrie's career, putting her in tie for fourth all-time at Washington. She earned her 98th career win in the nightcap against Nevada.

Junior Morgan Stuart had two of UW's eight hits in the first game, going 2-for-4. Washington outhit Ohio, 8-4, but stranded seven runners on base.

- Lawrie's 16 total Ks on the day now give her 1,397 in her career, just one shy of ninth in NCAA history.

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