No. 1 Huskies Cruise To 8-0 Win Over BYU

Feb. 25, 2010

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The No. 1 Washington softball team scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back, cruising to an 8-0 win in six innings over BYU in the Huskies' opening game of the Cathedral City Classic on Thursday.

UW (8-1) scored four in the first and two in the second before adding single runs in the fourth and sixth to end the game early due to the mercy rule. Danielle Lawrie allowed just one hit in six innings and struck out 10 to improve to 6-0, earning her fifth shutout of the season.

Jenn Salling, Niki Williams and Morgan Stuart each drove in two runs for the Huskies, who had more walks (8) than hits in the game (7).

Salling had a perfect night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBI. Williams went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI while Stuart went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI, the latter of which ended the game for the Huskies.

UW jumped on the Cougars early, scoring four runs in the first inning on just two hits, but both hits were RBI doubles off the bat of Salling and Williams. Kimi Pohlman was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on her fourth stolen base of the season. Salling then followed with an RBI double to left center to get the Huskies on the board. After Lawrie walked, Williams then followed with a double of her own to score Salling and put UW up 2-0. The Huskies would add two more runs in the inning on an RBI groundout by Stuart to score Lawrie and a wild pitch, which plated Williams.

After Lawrie struck out four of the first six BYU batters, the Huskies struck again in the second inning with two more runs. Taylor Smith led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third before Jerrin Fa'asua and Pohlman walked to load the bases. Salling then drew a full-count walk to bring in Smith and Fa'asua scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-0. A fourth consecutive walk to Lawrie loaded the bases, but after a pitching change, new BYU pitcher Hannah Howell struck out the first three batters she faced to escape further damage.

After being held scoreless in the third, the Huskies struck again in the fourth on an RBI single by Williams. Salling drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Lawrie ground out before scoring on Williams' single up the middle.

Lawrie, meanwhile, had struck out nine and allowed just a walk through four innings before the Cougars collected their first hit with one out in the fifth. But the runner was immediately erased when the Huskies turned a double play, going around the horn from Stuart to Fa'asua to Williams to end the inning.

The Dawgs would then end the game in the sixth when Salling reach on a bunt single and Lawrie followed with a single to right center, moving Salling to third. Williams walked to load the bases setting up Stuart, whose single to right center plated Salling to cap the scoring.

Lawrie's 10 strikeouts give her 75 in 39.0 innings pitched this season. She now has 1,440 in her career, one shy of eighth all-time in NCAA history.

Salling, meanwhile, has been a scoring machine for the Huskies. She leads the team with a .524 average (11-for-21), scoring 14 runs and drawing 11 walks in just nine games, both of which are also tops on the squad.

The Huskies are back in action on Friday when they take on No. 9/12 Oklahoma at 1 p.m.

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