No. 1 Huskies Complete Perfect Weekend, Extend Streak To 17
March 14, 2010
SEATTLE - The No. 1 Washington softball team capped a perfect 5-0 weekend in their own Husky Softball Classic Sunday, defeating Seattle U, 8-3, in front of 1,102 fans at Husky Softball Stadium.
UW (22-1) won its 17th consecutive game, the fourth-longest streak in school history, to head into their final tournament of the pre-season on a roll before embarking on conference play in two weeks.
Freshman Baily Harris earned her third victory of the weekend and fourth of the season against the Redhawks, allowing three runs in seven innings to improve to 8-1 on the season. She was backed by a Husky offense that finally livened up after a sluggish weekend, pounding out 13 hits in the game. UW scored two in the first, four in the third and two more in the fourth to put the game away.
Sophomores Niki Williams and Kimi Pohlman did most of the damage for UW, combining to go 6-for-7 with four runs and three RBI. Williams went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI, blasting her seventh home run of the season in the first inning while Pohlman set the table from the leadoff position, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases in her first career four-hit game. The pair led the Huskies all weekend, with Pohlman batting a team-high .533 (8-for-15) with six runs and three stolen bases while Williams was right behind with a .467 average (7-for-15) with four runs and five RBI.
Danielle Lawrie also had a big day at the plate while get a rest from the circle, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles.
The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Pohlman singled and stole second before coming around to score on Williams' two-out blast to centerfield.
After Seattle scored their first run in the top of the third, UW took a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the inning with four runs on five hits, getting RBI singles from Lawrie and Hooch Fagaly, an RBI double from Morgan Stuart and a sac fly off the bat of freshman Shawna Wright.
Pohlman got the inning started once again with a leadoff single and after moving to second on an illegal pitch, Lawrie delivered her first RBI single to make it 3-0. After Williams singled to right, Stuart delivered a double off the wall in left center to score Lawrie. Wright then plated Williams with a sac fly and Fagaly brought home Stuart with a single to right to give Harris a big cushion.
Seattle would come right back and cut into the lead again with a single run in the top of the fourth but UW put things away in the bottom of the inning when Lawrie and Williams notched RBI singles to extend the lead to 8-2. Pohlman this time started the rally with a one-out single and stole second to put herself in position to score on Lawrie's single up the middle. Freshman Maggie Wagner then pinch ran for Lawrie and stole second to set the table for Williams, who pulled a sharp single to left to cap a big day at the plate.
The Redhawks would plate another run in the sixth but Harris shut the door in the seventh, getting out of a two-on, two-out jam by snagging a ground ball back to her to end the game.
The Huskies will hit the road next week for the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. They kick off the tournament on Thursday, March 18 against New Mexico at 8:15 p.m. PT.