Lawrie Throws One-Hitter As Huskies Run-Rule Northwestern, 9-0
June 1, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- No. 6 seed Washington used a one-hitter from Danielle Lawrie and an explosive Husky offense Friday to defeat No. 2 seed Northwestern, 9-0 in five innings in the second round of the Women's College World Series. Washington will enjoy a day off Saturday before returning to action Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT).
The five-inning 9-0 run-rule victory marked the first run rule in WCWS play since Fresno State defeated Michigan 8-0 in 1998, while the nine-run decision marked the largest margin of victory since 1995 when Arizona defeated Cal State Fullerton 11-0.
UW's nine runs ties the school record for runs scored in a WCWS game after the Huskies defeated California 9-7 in 1996. The win lifts Washington to 59-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, tying Cal State Fullerton for fifth on the NCAA all-time list for postseason victories.
Washington has not won the first two games of the WCWS since the 1999 season when the Huskies won three straight to advance to the championship game. UW also won the first two games of the series in 1996 and 1997. The Huskies were national runners-up in 1996 and 1999, and placed third in 1997.
Washington improves to 42-17 on the season, marking the most wins in head coach Heather Tarr's tenure and the most wins for the program since 2004 (40-19). The Huskies are 7-1 in the postseason and improve to 15-12 all-time at the WCWS. Northwestern falls to 51-12 overall and will need to win two games Saturday to have a chance to advance to the championship series.
"We did not expect to come out and run-rule a team like Northwestern," said Tarr. "But I told the team when you have a plan and you know what you're trying to do and you can execute it, good things happen."
"(Danielle) is our go-to gal right now. In a tournament like this it lends to your being able to put in one pitcher and put it in the pitcher that is hot. Danielle is pretty fresh right now due to the fact that she did not have to pitch every single game of our season. Caitlin Noble carried a big-time part of the load, which helps Danielle right now at this point. She is ready to go and has been preparing for this the whole season."
The Huskies set the tone early when junior All-American Ashley Charters led off the game with a single against NU ace Eileen Canney who was coming off a one-hit performance against Arizona State Thursday. Charters stole second base and senior All-American Dena Tyson was struck by a pitch to put runners on first and second but Canney tallied a strikeout to end the inning,
The Wildcats threatened in the bottom of the second inning when Nicole Pauly doubled down the left field line, moved to third on an illegal pitch and Erin Dryer drew a walk. Lawrie buckled down to strikeout the next three batters to get out of the jam unscathed.
Washington jumped on the scoreboard in the third inning with a pair of runs on one hit. Charters drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Sophomore Marnie Koziol followed with a walk and Charters scored on a single through the right side by senior All-American Dominique Lastrapes. Tyson followed with a ground out to the right side that allowed Koziol to score from third and give UW the 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats once again battled in the bottom half of the third, drawing back-to-back walks after a pair of strikeouts but Lawrie was able to fan Pauly in straight pitches to end the inning.
Washington tacked on an insurance run in the fourth inning, despite no hits. Sophomore Ashlyn Watson led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Jacki Hansen. Hansen moved to second base after Canney was called for taking too much time to deliver the next pitch and took third on a fly out to right field by Lawrie.
The Huskies broke the game wide open in the fifth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on three hits. Charters sparked the rally with a double to right center and UW loaded the bases with a walk to Koziol and a single by Lastrapes. Tyson then lifted a single into shallow left field to score Charters and chase Canney from the game.
Lauren Delaney came into the game in relief and a passed ball allowed Koziol to score. Lauren Greer then drew a walk to re-load the bases and a walk to Ashlyn Watson brought in another run. Alicia Matthews then worked a walk to score yet another run and Northwestern brought Canney back into the game to pitch.
Lawrie hit into a fielder's choice and the throw to home was late, scoring Greer. Canney struck out Nicole Moojen for the first out of the inning and Charters drove in another run with a fielder's choice as UW went up 9-0.
Lawrie shut the Wildcats down in the bottom of the fifth, using a fielder's choice and two strikeouts to seal the UW victory.
Lawrie (31-11) earned the win and her 11th shutout of the season as she held Northwestern to no runs on one hit with 11 strikeouts. She has thrown 25 double-figure strikeout games this season and has allowed just one hit in two WCWS games.
Canney (32-10) takes the loss as she allowed seven runs on five hits and five walks with six strikeouts over five innings.