Lawrie Perfect Game and HR
TEMPE, Ariz. – If there was any question whether Washington senior Danielle Lawrie could repeat her record-breaking 2009 season, she showed Thursday in the Huskies’ season opener that not only can she match it, she might be ready to surpass it.
The reigning National Player of the Year fired the first seven-inning perfect game of her career – and just the second in Husky history – and also added a solo home run and two RBI for good measure, leading the No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Washington softball team to a 5-0 win over Auburn in the Kajikawa Classic.
The Huskies hit three home runs in the game, including one by highly-touted freshman Hooch Fagaly, to cruise in their first ever opener as the defending national champions.
Lawrie (Langley, B.C.), who fired a six-inning perfect game as a freshman in 2006 and now has five career no-hitters, struck out 16 in seven innings while walking none. She struck out the first five batters of the game and her 16 Ks total gives her 1,381 in her career, moving her from 13th all the way up to 10th in NCAA history after one just game.
The game started on a strange note for the Huskies when leadoff hitter Kimi Pohlman was hit by a pitch and then was promptly thrown out trying to steal. Pohlman was safe on her first 20 steal attempts last year as a freshman before finishing the year 20-for-21. One out later, junior Jenn Salling – playing her first full season with the Huskies – belted her first home run as a Dawg. Salling, who hit 14 home runs as a freshman at Oregon, did not hit a home run in 89 at-bats last year in a half-season with UW.
The bottom of the inning was a display of what was to come for Lawrie, who started her senior season by striking out the first three Auburn hitters she faced, getting the first two batters swinging and the third looking.
The Huskies, meanwhile, were having some trouble of their own with Auburn senior Anna Thompson, who struck out seven Huskies in a row at one point and was sailing along, having retired 10 straight batters, when Lawrie led off the fifth inning. The senior broke up the string with a long home run over the centerfield fence to make the score 2-0.
After Thompson was lifted, the Huskies added some insurance in the sixth inning. Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) singled and sophomore Niki Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif.) walked before the two pulled off a double steal to put two in scoring position with one out. Salling then came in to score on a wild pitch and Lawrie followed with an RBI single to plate Williams and make it 4-0.
The freshman Fagaly (Chino, Calif.) then showed her power potential in the seventh inning when she ripped UW’s third long ball of the game, also to centerfield, to cement the game for the Dawgs.
Pohlman (Sammamish, Wash.) helped preserve the perfect game for Lawrie in the bottom of the seventh inning, making a sliding catch of a line drive in left field. Lawrie then fittingly ended the game with her 16th strikeout, her most in a seven-inning game since fanning 18 against Oregon early last May.
UW’s Canadian duo was huge on the eve of the Winter Olympics being held in their native British Columbia, collecting four of UW’s five hits. Lawrie finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI while Salling was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Lawrie and Salling’s blasts were UW’s only two hits of the game off Thompson, who nearly matched Lawrie pitch-for-pitch with 13 strike outs in just five innings. But Lawrie was too much, holding the Tigers without a base runner in a game for the first time in their history.
The Huskies will play two more games at the Kajikawa Classic on Friday, facing Ohio at 3:30 p.m. PT followed by a battle with 2009 NCAA Tournament team Nevada at 6 p.m.
Sun Devils Open Kajikawa with Split
TEMPE, Ariz. – A stellar outing from Hillary Bach and Katelyn Boyd in a 13-0 win in five innings over Ole Miss was dulled Thursday night as the Sun Devils fell in the nightcap 5-2 to the Kentucky Wildcats as they opened up the Kajikawa Classic and their 2010 season 1-1 with Hillary Bach taking the first win and Megan Elliott taking the loss.
Game one proved to be traditional A State softball as Hillary Bach led the Sun Devils into their first match-up against the Ole Miss Rebels where she allowed only two hits while striking out three before being taking out in the fourth inning after being clipped by a line drive. Sam Parlich came in to finish the shutout, striking out the first batter she faced in her collegiate career.
The offense also proved it was a force to be reckoned with as they posted 13
runs off six hits, four of which were home runs, with two from Katelyn Boyd, a grand slam from Kaylyn Castillo and another long ball from Annie Lockwood to seal the deal.
While the Sun Devils looked and felt confident in the first game, the nightcap proved a different story as a different team dug in to face the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats struck first as they utilized the small ball game, grabbing a lead-off single in the second followed with a sacrifice bunt and a single up the middle to plate and take the lead.
A two run home run in the third followed by solo shots in the fourth and sixth spelled the story in the end as the Wildcats came out swinging. The lackluster Sun Devil offense saw a slight spark of life in the sixth inning with a two run shot to left center from Ashley Muenz, but that was all ASU had left in the tank as Kentucky took off with a 5-2 win.
Up next, the Sun Devils will continue with Day Two of the Kajikawa Classic, where they’ll wrap up the night at Farrington Stadium again, facing Portland State at 4:30 p.m. and Auburn at 7 p.m.