#4 UW 7, #2 Stanford 0

SEATTLE - Morgan Stuart went 2 for 2 with a home run and five runs to back the three hit pitching of Danielle Lawrie as the fourth ranked Huskies shut out second ranked Stanford 7-0 on a cool and windy Thursday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium. With the win the Huskies tied the Cardinal in the Pac-10 with a 13-6 mark and improved to 40-9 overall, while the Cardinal dropped to 44-7.

Stuart drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the first, had a run scoring single in the third, and hit a three run homer, her fourth of the season in the sixth.         

In the circle, Lawrie recorded her 18th shutout and 32nd complete game of the season to improve to 31-5. She walked one and struck out 10.   

The best threat for the Cardinal came in the top of the first inning.  Leadoff batter Alissa Haber singled, but she got thrown out attempting to steal second.  Ashley Hansen lined a single to left, and after Shannon Koplitz struck out swinging, Maddy Coon walked. Lawrie got out of the inning when she struck out Melisa Koutz swinging.  After that Lawrie did not allow another base runner until there were two outs in the sixth, when Jen Salling bobbled Hansen's grounder to short.

After not scoring a single run in 18 innings in two games at Stanford, the Huskies got on the board right away and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

With one out Kimi Pohlman doubled to left center, Lawrie got hit by a pitch from Missy Penna (31-5), and Ashlyn Watson walked on four pitches to load the bases.   Stuart then walked on five pitches to force home Polhman with the first run. 

The Huskies added another run to make it 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Jenn Salling led off with a single and Ashlyn Watson got hit by a pitch to put runners and first and second. Salling then scored when Stuart singled to center.

In the bottom of the fourth the Huskies made it 3-0, benefiting from an extra out. Ashley Charters reached on an infield single with one out, stole second, and raced home when Koutz bobbled Salling's grounder to first and tagged a sliding Salling too late.

The Huskies put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Charters led off with another infield single and Pohlman walked. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move up a base, and after Salling popped out to third, Lawrie plated Charters with a grounder to third. Watson walked, and then Stuart drove an 0-2 pitch from Penna over the wall in left center to cap the scoring.    

The Huskies next host 12th ranked California in their final two games of the regular season. Friday's first game will begin at 3 p.m. and Saturday's finale will begin at noon.


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