No. 1 Huskies Make Quick Work Of New Mexico In 10-1 Win
March 18, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 1 Washington softball team won its 18th consecutive game, making quick work of New Mexico in a 10-1 victory Thursday at the Judi Garman Classic in a game called after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
The Huskies (23-1) scored three runs in the first, one in the second and six in the fourth to put the game away, helping freshman Baily Harris improve to 9-1 in the circle.
The offense exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits and six walks, earning UW its eight mercy-rule victory of the season.
Danielle Lawrie went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, while Jenn Salling scored three runs from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Sophomore Niki Williams and freshman Shawna Wright each went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, with Williams walking once and Wright drawing two bases on balls.
Harris scattered five hits, allowing just one run which was unearned, while walking two and striking out one to earn her seventh-straight victory.
The Huskies jumped out to the early 3-0 lead on a bases-loaded walk by Wright and a two-out error by the Lobos which plated a pair of unearned runs. Salling and Lawrie started the rally with back-to-back, one-out singles and Williams would load the bases with a walk to bring up Wright, who also drew a walk to plate the first run of the game.
The Lobos looked like they might escape further damage when they forced out Lawrie at home on a ground ball to the first baseman, but Morgan Stuart then hit a ball to second base that would get past the New Mexico player and allow both Wright and Williams to score.
New Mexico would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the first on a single, a stolen base and an error, but UW would come right back and plate another run in the second on another two-out unearned run. Salling reached on an error with two outs that sent her to second and she would come around to score on Lawrie's ground rule double that bounced over the fence in right-center.
The Huskies would then put things away in the fourth, scoring six runs on four hits and another NMU error. Amanda Fleischman led things off by reaching on an error and Kimi Pohlman and Salling followed with walks to load the bases. That brought up Lawrie, who singled to left field to drive in two and make the score 5-1.
After New Mexico changed pitchers, Williams kept things going with an RBI single to plate Salling. After Wright walked again to load the bases, the Lobos would get a pop out and a force out and looked like they might escape, but freshman Hooch Fagaly ripped a two-out, two-run single to break things open. Fleischman would then come up for the second time in the inning and single for the second time, plating Stuart to cap the scoring.
Fleischman went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, reaching base all three times she came to bat.
Just three of the Huskies' 10 runs in the game were earned, but they made the most of their opportunities, recording three two-out hits that would score runs.
The Huskies will play a pair of games on Friday, facing DePaul at 1:30 p.m. and #24 Louisiana Lafayette at 3:45, looking to extend their winning streak to 20 games, which would be the second-longest in school history behind a 23-game streak in 2000. Both games will air live on KKNW 1150 AM.