Feb. 19, 2010

Courtesy of Washington Athletics

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Danielle Lawrie picked up career win No. 100 to tie Washington’s all-time record and the No. 1 Huskies bounced back from their first loss of the season early in the day to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 9-1, in five innings Friday at the Campbell Cartier Classic.

Although Lawrie allowed her first run in 25.0 innings this season, she still struck out nine and allowed just two hits and no walks in her five innings of work. Her career record now stands at 100-37, tying Jennifer Spediacci for most wins in school history.

Lawrie (4-0) was also a hit with her bat, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI against the Gauchos, giving herself all the support she would need with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, her fifth of the season.

The Huskies (6-1) overcame a 7-4 loss to Utah State earlier in the day to rebound and give head coach Heather Tarr her 199th career victory in the second game.

Lawrie put the team on her back after the loss, responding with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, her fifth in seven games. Junior Jenn Salling drew a two-out walk and Lawrie followed with a deep drive to centerfield to put UW up 2-0.

The Huskies added another run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Bailey Stenson. Hooch Fagaly led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Amanda Fleischman. Morgan Stuart was then hit by a pitch and the two pulled off a double steal of third and second base, putting Fleischman in position to score on Stenson’s line out to centerfield.

The Huskies kept pilling on in the third, getting three more runs on three hits. Salling led off with a double and came around to score on Lawrie’s first double of the game down the right field line. After Niki Williams was hit by a pitch, Fagaly singled up the middle to plate Lawrie, moving Williams to third, who would later come around to score on a wild pitch to make it 6-0.

Lawrie, meanwhile, retired the first nine batters of the game – striking out the side in the third –before running into some trouble in the fourth. Jessica Ziegler led off with the Gauchos first hit of the game and Jamie Adishian followed with an RBI triple to left field, breaking a streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings by Lawrie to start the season. The reigning National Player of the Year came back to strike out the final two batters of the inning to escape.

The Langley, B.C., native would get the run back with her bat in the bottom of the inning, lacing her second double of the game to score Salling. The junior had started the rally with two outs, lining a single to right field and stealing second before Lawrie lifted a drive into the left-center gap for her third hit and third RBI of the game. Niki Williams followed with a single, but pinch runner Maggie Wagner was thrown out at home to end the inning.

With her six-run cushion back, Lawrie settled back in and struck out the side in the top of the fifth.

The Huskies then broke things open in the bottom of the fifth and ended the game via the mercy rule, scoring a pair of runs on a double by Kimi Pohlman. Fagaly led off the inning with a double and was again replaced by Fleischman, who moved to third on a fly out by Morgan Stuart. After pinch hitter Taylor Smith was hit by a pitch, Pohlman came up and launched a double over the centerfielder’s head to score both Fleischman and Smith to end the game.

Salling and Lawrie combined to go 5-for-5 in the game with five runs and three RBI, with Salling a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and Lawrie going 3-for-3 with a career-high tying eight total bases.

Earlier in the day, the Huskies fell to Utah State in an exciting game that came down to the last inning, with the Huskies putting the tying runs on base before the Aggies escaped.

The visiting Huskies jumped on the board in the first inning, with Pohlman leading off the game with an infield single and stealing second before moving up a base on a single to left by Lawrie. Williams then came up and ripped a double down the right field line to plate both Pohlman and Lawrie.

But the Aggies would come right back and tie up the score in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. Freshman starter Baily Harris got the first out of the inning before allowing a single, but a fielder’s choice by the next batter forced out the runner at second to give the Dawgs two outs. But Kelley Kaneshiro then stepped up and launched a two-run shot to left field to tie up the score.

The teams went scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Utah State exploded for five runs on five hits off reliever Jenna Clifton. The big blow came on a two-out, three-run single by Kali Cancelosi.

The Huskies tried to start chipping away in the sixth when Williams delivered again with an RBI double. Lawrie started things with one out by reaching on an error and was replaced by pinch runner Maggie Wagner. Williams then sent another double down the right field line to pull the Huskies closer, but UW was unable to plate another run in the inning.

UW then mounted another rally in the seventh when freshman Shawna Wright continued to come through with some clutch hitting, ripping a pinch-hit triple with one out to set up senior Alyson McWherter, whose single through the left side made the score 7-4.

Pohlman then followed with her second hit of the game, moving McWherter to second which chased Aggies starter Kate Greenough, who had held UW in check for most of the day. Salling then immediately walked to load the bases for Lawrie with one out.

But the senior was unable to come up with the big hit again, popping up to short, and Williams also ran out of magic as her ground ball to the left side was snared by the third baseman, who stepped on third to force out Pohlman and end the game.

Williams finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI while Pohlman went 2-for-4 with a run and McWherter went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Huskies play two more games on Saturday, facing Western Kentucky at 3 p.m. and host San Diego State at 5:15 p.m.