UW Husky softball team rules over UNM Lobos

Freshman Felecia Harris recorded her fourth complete game of the season and helped herself at the plate with two hits and a home run to help the third ranked Huskies run rule the New Mexico Lobos 14-3 in five innings in the opener of a doubleheader at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny but cool Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies (25-3) scored in every inning after New Mexico took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a double by Cristin Anderson and a single by Samantha Hughes.

In the bottom of the first, the Huskies scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Ashley Charters led off with a single and stole second. She went to third on a single to left center field by Niki Williams. Williams then got caught in a run down between first and second and eventually attempted to reach second. She did, getting credit for a stolen base, and when catcher Jessica Garcia threw to second, Charters stole home to tie the game at 1. With the steal Charters increased her season total to 18 and set the new all-time Husky career record with 114, breaking the former mark of 113 held by Rosie Leutzinger (1997-2000). After Alicia Blake grounded out to second and Ashlyn Watson popped out to short Morgan Stuart and Danielle Lawrie followed with back to back home runs into the center field bleachers. Stuart's two run shot, her third of the season, gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead and Lawrie's solo shot, her second, made it 4-1.

In the second Harris did not waste any time making it 5-1 Washington, driving the first pitch she saw from Analise Rubalcava over the left center field wall for her fourth homer of the season.

Then in the third, the Huskies exploded for seven runs and a 12-1 lead to put the game out of reach. Watson walked and Stuart grounded into a fielder's choice. A double by Lawrie and another walk to Lauren Greer loaded the bases. Harris followed with a single into the hole between second and third to score Stuart and pinch runner Taylor Smith. Kimi Pohlman singled to re-load the bases. Charters singled to score Harris and keep the bases loaded. Williams then cleared the bases with a three run double to right center to make it 11-1. A single by Watson then scored Williams to make it 12-1.

The Huskies scored their final two runs in the fourth when Smith and Bailey Stenson singled, advanced on a ground out by pinch hitter Ashley Tuiasosopo, and scored on a single by Alyson McWherter.

The Lobos scored two runs in the top of the fifth with two outs. An error by Charters allowed Kerry Hodgins to reach safely. Anderson singled to right and Hughes singled to center to load the bases. Rubalcava then hit an apparent game ending grounder to Charters, who attempted to force Hughes at second, but Jessica Ventoza dropped the ball for an error, allowing Hodgins and Anderson to score.

In the circle, Harris (6-2) allowed only one earned run on six hits, She did not walk a batter and struck out three. For the Lobos, Rubalcava (5-11) started and gave up five runs, all earned, on five hits and one walk in only one and two thirds innings. She did not strike out a batter.

After finishing the doubleheader against New Mexico on Saturday the Huskies finish the series with a single game against the Lobos on Sunday at 12:00. Then the Huskies begin the Pac-10 season on the road with a single game at California on Friday, March 27 and two games at Stanford on March 28 and 29.

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