No. 1 Huskies Win Sixth-Straight Conference Game To Take Over First
April 16, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - In a battle of two teams tied atop the conference standings, the No. 1 Washington softball team used a six-run seventh to break open a close game and take over sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 9-2 win over No. 17 Oregon Friday at Howe Field.
UW (34-3, 6-1) won its sixth- consecutive conference game to move a game ahead of second-place Oregon in the conference standings. The six-game win streak in conference play is the longest since 2000, when the team won eight-straight en-route to a program-best 9-1 start in Pac-10 play.
Danielle Lawrie earned the victory to improve to 24-1 on the season. She struck out 12 in the game to put her one shy of moving into seventh in NCAA history and third in Pac-10 history for career strikeouts.
Once again, freshman Shawna Wright led the Dawgs at the plate, ripping her ninth home run of the season and driving in three runs. She now has 12 RBI in seven conference games to lead the team, with all seven of her hits going for extra base since Pac-10 play started, including five doubles and two home runs.
Sophomore Niki Williams also had a big game, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run while Lawrie helped herself at the plate with a pair of RBI and two runs scored.
UW jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings before the Ducks closed the gap to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth. But a tight game was broken up in the top of the seventh when UW put six runs on the board, all of which came with two outs.
The Huskies got on the board first with an unearned run in the second. Wright led off the inning by reaching on an error then stole second before moving to third on a single by Morgan Stuart. She would then come around to score on a passed ball to make it 1-0.
In the third, the Huskies struck again, scoring a pair of runs on back-to-back RBI doubles by Lawrie and Williams. Jenn Salling led off with a walk and pinch runner Amanda Fleischman would come around to score on Lawrie's double to right center. Williams then followed with a double to the same spot to plate Lawrie and give her a 3-0 cushion.
But the Ducks would cut into the lead on a two-run home run by Kelsey Chambers to make it 3-2. Although the Ducks would put another couple runners on base, Lawrie got the final two outs of the inning on strikeouts to prevent any further damage.
While the Huskies went down quietly in the fifth and sixth, Lawrie also settled down, striking out two more in the bottom of the fifth and sixth. UW would then explode for six runs in the seventh to put the game away.
Freshman Jerrin Fa'asua got the rally going with a one-out bunt single and advanced on a fielder's choice by Bailey Stenson when Oregon pitcher Mikayla Endicott tried to get Fa'asua at second, but the freshman beat the throw to give UW runners on first and second with one out.
One out later, Pohlman walked to load the bases and bring up Lawrie, who also drew a walk to bring in a run and make it 4-2.
The floodgates then opened when Williams ripped a two-run single to left and Wright followed with a three-run shot to right field to give the Huskies some breathing room.
The Ducks would get a hit in the seventh inning with one out, but Lawrie struck out the final two batters of the game to end the day.
Lawrie scattered seven hits and walked two, fanning 12 for her fifth-straight double-digit strikeout effort and her 15th of the season.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the series on Sunday at Noon.