#4 UW 11, #12 Cal 3 (5)

SEATTLE - Washington's fourth ranked softball team closed the regular season in fine fashion and celebrated Senior Day with an 11-3 run rule win in five innings over 12th ranked California at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon. With the win the Huskies improved to 41-10 and finished 14-7 in the Pac-10, good for second place, while the Bears finished 35-18 and 10-10.

The Huskies also completed the best home season in history with a 15-1 mark, with the only blemish coming on Friday when the Bears shut them out 1-0.

The Huskies wasted no time coming back from Friday's loss, sending 11 batters to the plate against Valerie Arioto (14-8) and taking a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Ashley Charters began the onslaught with a leadoff walk and stole her 33rd base of the season. She took third on a groundout by Kimi Pohlman and scored on another grounder to second by Jenn Salling. When Gina Leomiti dropped Shannon Thomas's throw to first for an error, Salling reached safely. She got balked to second and scored on a ground single to left by Danielle Lawrie, making it 2-0. Lawrie advanced to third on a single by Morgan Stuart, and scored on a wild pitch by Arioto. Stuart moved to second on a passed ball by Sanoe Kekahuna and Ashlyn Watson walked. Stuart took third when Arioto balked on ball four to Watson. Alicia Blake lined a double into right center to score Stuart to make it 4-0 and send Watson to third. Lauren Greer drove in Watson with a sacrifice fly to left center and Marnie Koziol plated Blake with the final run of the inning with a single to center.

The Huskies continued to pound Arioto in the second, making it 8-0 on back to back home runs by Stuart, her fifth, and Watson, her team leading 10th. They looked like identical shots, both going over the wall in left center.

The Huskies wrapped up their scoring in the third, scoring three runs to make it 11-0. Greer led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Koziol. When the Bears attempted to throw Greer out at third, Koziol took second. After Charters lined out to third, Pohlman hit a grounder to second. Thomas attempted to throw out Greer at home, but threw past the catcher, allowing Koziol to score. When the play finally ended Pohlman moved to second. She scored when Salling drove a 1-1 pitch from Arioto off the 220 marker in center for an RBI double.

Danielle Lawrie (32-6) got the win with her 34th complete game of the season. She allowed three runs on two hits and two walks. She struck out 10 to raise her season total to 398. She allowed only one baserunner through the first three innings, recording seven of the nine outs by strikeout. The Bears broke up the shutout in the top of the fourth when Carrie Arth and Valerie Arioto drew back to back walks and Elia Reid drove an 0-2 pitch well over the center field wall by the scoreboard for her fifth home run to make it 11-3.

The Bears threatened to extend the game in the fifth inning with two outs when Jamia Reid blooped a two out single to left center field and stole both second and third, but Arth struck out looking to end the game.

Following the game the Huskies honored seven seniors playing their final home game: Blake, Charters, Greer, Koziol, Dani Stuart, Jessica Ventoza, and Watson.

On Sunday, May 10 the Huskies find out their postseason destination when ESPNU holds the NCAA Selection Show at 7 p.m.

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