UW Completes Sweep, Extends Conference Lead With 1-0 Win
May 2, 2010
SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie fired a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and Niki Williams drove in the only run of the game in the third inning to lead the No. 1 Washington softball team to a 1-0 victory over Oregon State on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
After outscoring the Beavers 22-1 over the first two games, the Huskies (40-5, 12-3) struggled to generate offense against Oregon State's Marina Demore, who struck out 13 and limited UW to just three hits. But Williams, who went 4-for-7 in the three games, and Lawrie did enough to keep UW in first place in the conference.
In fact, the Huskies gained a game in the standings due to Arizona's loss, giving UW a two-game lead with six left to play. Since the Huskies hold the tiebreaker over second-place Arizona and UCLA, their magic number to clinch at least a share of their third Pac-10 title is just three.
The Huskies reached the 40-win plateau for the 13th time in the 18-year school history while Lawrie reached 30 victories for the third time in her career, improving to 30-2 and lowering her season ERA to 0.98. She also moved to within 45 of the Pac-10 career strikeout record and moved into sole possession of second on UW's single-season shutout record list with her nation-leading 17th.
Lawrie, who walked just one, struck out the side in the second and fourth innings and fanned two each in the first, third and seventh. She worked ahead of batters all day, throwing first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 25 batters she faced. The Beavers collected two of their three hits in the second inning, putting runners on first and third with two outs, but Lawrie struck out the next batter to escape, then retired 15 of the last 17 to end the game.
The Huskies would get the only run they needed in the third when Williams delivered a two-out RBI single to plate Pohlman, who reached on a two-out infield single. After she stole second and Salling walked, Williams lined a solid single up the middle to put give UW the lead for good.
The Huskies had just one runner in scoring position the remainder of the game, but with Lawrie cruising the one run was all they needed.
UW now turns its attention to No. 14 Stanford, which comes to Seattle next weekend for a three-game series. Friday's game - which will air on Fox Sports Net - gets underway at 6 p.m. while Saturday's contest takes place at 4 p.m. The series wraps up Sunday at Noon with Senior Day, where Lawrie, Amanda Fleischman, Alyson McWherter and Bailey Stenson will play their final regular-season home games at Husky Softball Stadium. Saturday and Sunday's games will also air live on UWTV.