Cardinal Turn Back Huskies Again, 2-0
March 29, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 2 Washington Husky softball team was shut out for the second consecutive day by Stanford All-American Missy Penna and the Cardinal took advantage of just two hits against Danielle Lawrie to come away with a 2-0 victory Sunday at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.
The Huskies (28-5, 1-2) dropped consecutive games for the first time this season and were not able to push a run across in 18 innings against Penna, who improved to 21-2 on the season.
UW out-hit Stanford (31-2, 2-1) for the second straight day as well, getting six hits to just two on Sunday after out-hitting Stanford 6-4 in a 1-0, 11-inning loss Saturday. UW stranded a combined 18 runners on base in the two games and were unable to provide any support for Lawrie, who fell to 19-3 despite allowing just two hits and striking out eight.
Stanford scored their runs in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Shannon Koplitz, her sixth of the season. Lawrie had breezed through the Stanford lineup the first time around, retiring the first nine batters before Alisa Haber drew a leadoff walk to start the fourth. One out later, Koplitz broke up Lawrie's no-hitter with a deep drive over the left field fence - just the second home run Lawrie has allowed all season - to give the Cardinal all the runs they would need.
Stanford managed another single in the sixth inning, just their sixth in 18 innings against Lawrie, who struck out 16 the 1-0 loss Saturday.
Ashley Charters went 2-for-4 to extend her hitting streak to a career-high tying 13 games. She also has six consecutive multi-hit games, batting .609 in that stretch (14-for-23).
Lauren Greer went 2-for-3 for the Huskies while Kimi Pohlman and Ashlyn Watson also notched hits for UW. But UW stranded eight in the game after leaving 11 on base on Saturday. The Huskies had runners on base in five of the seven innings.
The Huskies return home next weekend to face No. 11 Arizona on Friday at 1 p.m. followed by single games Saturday and Sunday against defending national champion No. 6 Arizona State, with Saturday's game taking place at 3 p.m. and Sunday's at Noon.