No. 1 Huskies Sweep Doubleheader From Portland State
March 27, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - The No. 1 Washington softball team wrapped up one of the best non-conference seasons in school history Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader with Portland State by scores of 3-2 and 7-0 at Erv Lind Stadium.
UW improved to 28-2 heading into Pac-10 play next week, the third-best 30-game record in school history and the second-fewest losses heading into Pac-10 play. The 2000 team started a program-best 29-1 while the 2003 team started 28-1-1 and went into conference play with a 31-1-1 record. Both teams went on to play in the Women's College World Series. Last year's national championship-winning team went into conference play with a 27-3 mark.
Danielle Lawrie won the second game of the day to improve to 18-0 heading into Pac-10. She allowed six hits and struck out eight for her 12th shutout in 17 starts.
After leaving 10 runners on base in the first game and having to come from behind to win, the Huskies scored in each of the first five innings and pounded out 14 hits in the second game to leave no doubt. Freshman Jerrin Fa'asua had a big game, going 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI, including her second home run of the year. Sophomore Kimi Pohlman went 4-for-8 over the two games with a run and an RBI, including her first home run of the season to leadoff the second game. Morgan Stuart had a big day as well hitting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the first time all year, going 4-for-6 with two RBI.
Pohlman got UW rolling in the nightcap, putting the Huskies ahead just four pitches into the game with a home run to centerfield, her first of the season.
The Huskies added two more in the second on a two-run single by Stuart, who went 3-for-3 in the game. Hooch Fagaly was hit by a pitch to start the inning and pinch runner Alyson McWheter moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Fa'asua. After Amanda Fleischman reached on an infield single and stole second, Stuart delivered a two-out, two run single through the left side to make it 3-0.
The Vikings' tried to get some of the runs back in the bottom of the second, collecting two hits off Lawrie, but the senior struck out two in the inning to keep PSU off the board. The Vikings would collect at least one hit in each of the first three innings but were unable to push a run across. From that point on, Lawrie settled down and retired the next nine in a row to shut the door on any further threat.
The Huskies added singles runs in the third and fourth to increase the lead to 5-0. Fa'asua plated a run with an RBI single in the third, scoring Niki Williams who reached on a one-out single and stole second. The Dawgs would add another in the fourth on an RBI single by Williams to score Jenn Salling, who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second.
UW scored two more in the top of the fifth on a two-run home run by Fa'asua, her second of the year. Fagaly singled up the middle to start the inning and Fa'asua brought her around with a deep drive to left center to make it 7-0.
The Huskies were shut down for the first time in the game by the Vikings in the sixth despite a leadoff pinch-hit single by Bailey Stenson and then PSU broke Lawrie's string of nine-straight batters retired in the bottom of the sixth. After the centerfielder McWherter made a diving catch in left-center to steal a hit away, the next Vikings batter singled up the middle for their fifth hit of the game. But Lawrie got the next two batters, including a strike out to end the inning to preserve the shutout.
UW came up empty again in the seventh despite a pinch-hit single by Amanda Fitzsimmons, but Lawrie shut the door in the bottom of the inning, allowing a leadoff double before striking out the next two batters and inducing a ground out to end the game.
Williams went 2-for-3 in the game and 3-for-7 on the day with two runs and an RBI while Fleischman went 2-for-4 with a run.
In the first game, Portland State jumped on the board first with an unearned run in the first inning but the Huskies answered back immediately, tying up the game on an RBI single by Fagaly in the second. Williams started things off with a one-out single and Taylor Smith followed with a walk to bring up Fagaly, who lined a single to left field to score Williams.
Husky starter Baily Harris would escape a leadoff double in the second inning and the Vikings would escape a Husky threat in the third when Salling hit a one-out triple, but PSU broke through to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on a walk and a pair of one-out singles.
The Huskies made a pitching change in the bottom of the fourth, bringing in one Harris for another. Sophomore Felecia Harris made her first appearance of the year after missing the first half of the season with a broken wrist. The sophomore came in and silenced the Vikings' bats over the next two innings, allowing the Huskies to tie the game and then take the lead.
UW evened things in the fifth with a two-out rally, with Lawrie providing the game-tying RBI. Stuart started the rally with a single to left and was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner Maggie Wagner, who immediately stole second. The freshman would then come around to score when Lawrie singled through the left side.
In the top of the sixth, UW pushed across the eventual winning run on another two-out hit, this time by Pohlman. With two down, Fagaly drew a walk and Fleischman followed with a bunt single. Stenson replaced Fagaly on the base paths and would come around to score when Pohlman reached on an infield single to third base and the throw to first got past the first baseman, giving the Huskies the 3-2 final margin.
Lawrie was then brought in to shut the door on the Vikings and she did just that, retiring all six batters she faced, four via strikeout, to earn her second save of the season.
The Huskies had 14 base runners in the game, collecting 10 hits and drawing four walks, but they left a season-high 10 runners on base. Pohlman and Wright led the Huskies at the plate, with Pohlman going 2-for-4 and Wright going 2-for-3.
Felecia Harris earned the victory in the circle, improving to 1-0 this season by throwing two innings and allowing just one hit.
The Huskies now turn their attention to Pac-10 play as they host No. 5 UCLA next weekend in their conference opener. The three-game series begins on Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. when the Huskies will also honor their 2009 national championship winning team, unveiling the championship banner and also welcoming back to the seven seniors who helped UW win its first softball national title.
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