Huskies Win WCWS Opener Vs. DePaul 3-1 Behind Lawrie No-Hitter
May 31, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY -- All-American sophomore Danielle Lawrie threw a no-hitter vs. DePaul Thursday and All-American Dena Tyson and Ashlyn Watson hit home runs as Washington opened the Women's College World series with a 3-1 victory at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Huskies, who are playing in their eighth WCWW, improve to 41-17 on the season and 14-12 all-time at the Series, while DePaul falls to 46-12 on the season and 2-7 at the WCWS.
UW will play Northwestern on Friday at 4 p.m. (PT) in a game which will air live on ESPN2 and will be broadcast live on KKNW 1150 AM through the Dawg Channel on gohuskies.com. Northwestern defeated Arizona State 2-0 earlier today.
Lawrie's no-hitter marked the 16th in WCWS history and the first since UCLA's Keira Goerl did it vs. California in the 2003 championship game. She joins UCLA's Tiffany Boyd (1989) and Lisa Fernandez (1993) as the only pitchers to record a no-hitter in the opening game of the World Series. It also marks Lawrie's second career no-hitter after tossing a perfect game vs. Utah Valley State on Feb. 26, 2006.
"DePaul was a very tough team," said head coach Heather Tarr who earned her first career victory at the WCWS. "I know we no-hit them, but they were very tough at the plate and were very tough outs. Our team played great defense behind Danielle (Lawrie) and Alicia Matthews caught a great game. It was a great job by Dena (Tyson) for staying tough after her first at-bat by knocking Ashley Charters in with a home run. Ashlyn (Watson) really took the wind out of their sails with the other one. We did a good job."
The Blue Demons struck first, scoring one run in the top of the third inning on no hits. Linda Secka reached first base on a walk after Lawrie was called for the 10-second rule which resulted in ball four. Secka stole second base and scored when Lawrie made a throwing error to first base on a come-backer to the circle by Stephanie Blagaich.
The Huskies battled back in the bottom half of the inning when Tyson belted a two-out two-run home run over the left field fence. The hit scored junior All-American Ashley Charters who had led off the inning with a double. The runs were the first earned runs surrendered by ace Tracie Adix in the 2007 postseason (23.2 innings).
The home run marked Tyson's 18th homer of the season and first since April 29. It also marked her 34th career blast, tying her with Kathy Fiske (2002-05) for fifth on the UW all-time list. She is one home run away from tying three-time All-American Jaime Clark for fifth on the UW single-season list (19, 2002).
Washington extended its lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning on a solo home run by sophomore designated player Ashley Watson. The home run marked the second of the season for Watson and her first since Feb. 24. Adix followed with a walk to senior Nicole Moojen in straight pitches to trigger a DePaul pitching change. Becca Heteniak came into the game in relief and took advantage of Moojen leaving first base early and a strikeout to end the inning.
Lawrie and Heteniak sat the final six batters they faced down in order as Washington earned the 3-1 victory.
Lawrie (30-11) earned the win as she allowed one run on no hits and struck out nine. Adix (21-3) took the loss as she gave up three runs on five hits and struck out three in 3.1 innings. Henteniak was effective in relief, holding UW to no runs on no hits with five strikeouts in the final 2.2 innings.
"Great defense and great offense wins games," said Lawrie. "I would like to thank my team for getting clutch runs when we needed some when we went down. It was a hard situation walking the girl with the (10)-second rule. I had to battle back and stay focused on the task at hand. I had to stay consistent throughout the whole game even though they scored a run because I knew we were going to come back.
"(Throwing a no-hitter in the WCWS) was awesome and something I am going to always remember. It was a great feeling. There is not much more to say other than thanks to Alicia (Matthews) for helping me out and calling a great game. Without her helping me stay consistent and keeping teams off balance I would be nowhere."