Washington Tops Sacred Heart, 9-1 In Five Innings, In Opener Of Amherst Regional
May 15, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a nine run, 12 hit attack and strong pitching from Danielle Lawrie, the Washington Huskies defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 9-1, in the opener of the NCAA Amherst Regional on Friday at the UMass Softball Complex. Washington, the top seed in the bracket and overall #3 seed, scored runs in all five innings to cruise to the victory. The Huskies advance to face the winner of the Cornell/UMass nightcap on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Sacred Heart will face the loser of that game at 5 p.m.
Lawrie pitched five innings, allowing two hits and an earned run. Her sacrifice fly with no outs in the bottom of the fifth scored the Huskies' ninth run to end the game via the mercy rule. Three Washington hitters finished with multiple hits led by Jennifer Salling who was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Alicia Blake and Niki Williams were both 2-for-2 and reached base all three plate appearances.
In the fourth inning, Sacred Heart's Jessica Perez broke up Lawrie's bid for a perfect game with a hot shot down the third base line. Adrian Fitzsimon had the Pioneers' other hit, a run-scoring double in the fifth. Pitcher Jen Russell battled all afternoon, stranding 11 runners on base while allowing nine runs (six earned).
Washington jumped on Russell with a quick run in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 advantage. Kimi Pohlman singled to left field then stole second on the first pitch to Salling. Later in the at bat, Salling singled to right to score Pohlman on a bang-bang play at the plate.
The Huskies loaded the bases with none out in the second, but Russell got out of the jam only allowing a single run. That run scored on an RBI groundout by Lauren Greer. Ashley Carters and Salling bounced back to Harvey to end the jam.
The third inning featured two more Washington runs on three hits good for a 4-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. With the bases already loaded, a sharp liner to left by Williams plated pinch runner Alyson McWherter. Lauren Greer followed with an RBI groundout, scoring Morgan Stuart for Washington's fourth run of the contest.
Washington crossed the plate for a fourth consecutive inning as a Morgan Stuart single up the middle scored Salling from second to make it 5-0. Later in the inning, Williams singled to left, scoring pinch runner Marnie Koziol and Stuart for a 7-0 advantage.
Sacred Heart got on the board in the top of the fifth when Fitzsimon smoked a double to deep center field, scoring Betsy Harvey all the way from first to make it 7-1.
Pohlman and Salling led off the Huskies' fifth with bunt singles, setting the stage for two Washington runs to end the contest via mercy rule. An errant throw from Pioneers third baseman Jasmin Vincente scored Pohlman from second base to make it 8-1. A Lawrie sacrifice fly scored Salling for the 9-1 final.