May 28, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Freshman Niki Williams hit her first home run in three months, and national player of the year Danielle Lawrie threw a six-hitter as third-seeded Washington beat Georgia 3-1 Thursday in the opening game of the Women's College World Series.

Williams broke a scoreless tie when she lined a pitch from Christie Hamilton (24-9) over the fence. It was only the third homer of the season for Williams, the No. 9 hitter in the Huskies' lineup. She hadn't hit one since Feb. 27, finishing the entire Pac-10 season without a homer.

Lawrie (38-7) made it stand up, striking out five to add to her NCAA-leading strikeout total of 477. Kimi Pohlman added an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Huskies (47-11).