No. 1 Huskies' Late Comeback Falls Short In 6-5 Loss

May 13, 2010

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No. 1 Washington scored five runs in the final three innings, including two in the top of the seventh, but the rally fell just short as No. 10 Arizona State hung on for a 6-5 win Thursday at Farrington Stadium.

Danielle Lawrie and Taylor Smith both hit home runs for the Huskies (43-6, 15-4), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Freshman Baily Harris took the loss for the Huskies, falling to 9-4 on the season. She allowed a run in the first and two each in the third and fourth innings before giving way to sophomore Jenna Clifton, who allowed one run in her two innings pitched.

After falling behind 5-0 after four innings, UW started its comeback with two runs in the fifth, both of which came off the bat of the sophomore Smith, who launched her seventh home run of the season to centerfield, scoring Morgan Start, who led off the inning with a single to right.

The Sun Devils would tack on an important insurance run in the bottom of the fifth before UW got the run right back in the sixth. Freshman Shawna Wright led off with a double and pinch runner Maggie Wagner moved to third on Stuart's ground out. Hooch Fagaly then drove Wagner in with an infield single.

After Clifton held ASU scoreless in the bottom of the inning, the Huskies nearly tied the game up in the seventh. Kimi Pohlman, who went 2-for-3 in the game, led off with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Jenn Salling. Lawrie then followed with her 13th home run of the season to centerfield to cut the lead to one.

Arizona State pitcher Hillary Bach would then retire the next two batters, however, helping the Sun Devils escape with the victory.

Senior Amanda Flesichman joined Pohlman in collecting two hits for the Huskies, going 2-for-3 in the game. UW collected 10 hits but also allowed 11 and made two errors.

The Huskies and Sun Devils will square off again on Friday at 7 p.m. before concluding the series on Saturday at Noon. UW will then find out their NCAA Regional fate on Sunday, May 16 with the NCAA Selection Show, which airs at 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

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