Lawrie's No-Hitter, Wright's Five RBI Lead UW To 8-0 Win
May 7, 2010
SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie fired her fourth no-hitter of the season and freshman Shawna Wright drove in a career-high five runs to lead the No. 1 Washington softball team to an 8-0 win over No. 15 Stanford on Friday in a game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Huskies improved to 41-5 overall and 13-3 in conference play with the win in front of 1,667 fan at Husky Softball Stadium. UW needs just three wins in its final five games to clinch at least a share of the conference title.
Lawrie struck out 11 and walked just one in firing her eighth career no-hitter to move into sixth in Pac-10 history. The senior, who improved to 31-2 on the season, also moved just 34 strikeouts shy of Alicia Hollowell's all-time conference record.
Wright, meanwhile, continued her impressive hitting for the season, in general, and in conference play, specifically. She ripped a three-run double in the first inning and launched a two-run home run in the third to give her 11 home runs and 48 RBI on the year, taking over the team lead in the latter and tying Lawrie for tops on the squad in the former. She has been particularly good in Pac-10 play, notching four home runs and a conference-leading 22 RBI in 16 games.
UW scored three in the first, two in the third and another three in the fourth to run away with their third mercy-rule victory in the last four games. Three Huskies collected at least two hits, including Wright, who went 2-for-3, along with Lawrie, who helped herself out by going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, and Pohlman, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jenn Salling added a hit, a walk and two runs scored while Niki Williams reached base all three times she came to bat - via a single and two walks - and crossed home all three times.
The Huskies jumped all over the Cardinal from the get-go, with Pohlman reaching on an error to start the first. After Salling singled and pulled off a double steal with Pohlman, Williams walked to load the bases for Wright, who sent them all home with her 11th double of the year.
Lawrie was cruising in the meantime, striking out two in the first and all three batters in the third before fanning another two in the third. She struck out five in a row at one point and six of seven.
UW then put up another pair of runs in the third when Wright launched a ball over the left-center wall to plate Williams, who had led off the inning with a single.
Wright would get another chance in the fourth when she came to bat with the bases loaded looking to break UW's single-game RBI record of eight. Pohlman led off the inning with a single and Salling and Williams both walked to load the bases, chasing Stanford starter Jenna Rich. That brought in Shannon Koplitz, who as a senior was making her first collegiate pitching appearance, and she immediately got Wright to ground into a 5-2-3 double play on the first pitch.
But Lawrie would ensure the game would end early, lining a two-run single to right field to make it 7-0. After a walk to Hooch Fagaly moved Lawrie to second, Morgan Stuart lined an RBI single to centerfield to cap the scoring.
Lawrie then made quick work of the Cardinal in the fifth, striking out the side to secure the no-hitter and give her double-digit strikeout performances in 10 of the last 12 games.
The Huskies and Stanford will face off again on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on UWTV and can also be heard live on KKNW 1150. Sunday's game at Noon, after which the Huskies will honor their seniors, will also air on UWTV and on KKNW.