#1 Washington 13, Oregon State 1

Hooch Fagaly and Shawna Wright each drove in three runs and Washington used a ten run third inning to rout the Oregon State Beavers 13-1 in five innings at Husky Softball Stadium on a windy Friday night. With the win the top ranked Huskies improved their Pac-10 leading record to 10-3 and 38-5 overall, while the Beavers dropped to 2-11 and 22-25.

The Huskies capitalized on the wildness of Beaver starter Paige Hall (16-20) to send 15 batters to the plate and build upon a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Danielle Lawrie began the inning with a ground single to center and Fagaly walked, the first of four free passes by Hall in the inning. Morgan Stuart then grounded to Ally Kutz at first base for what should have been the first out of the inning, but Kutz attempted to force pinch runner Maggie Wagner at third rather than take the sure out at first. Kutz threw the ball wildly past Lea Cavestany, allowing Wagner to score, Fagaly to move to third and Stuart to take second. Jenna Clifton walked to load the bases and Amanda Fleischman followed with an opposite field single to left to score Fagaly and make it 5-1. Hall then issued consecutive bases loaded walks to Kimi Pohlman and Jenn Salling to make it 7-1.

That was it for Hall in the circle as the Beavers went to reliever Kelly Dyer, but she began her stint on a less than stellar note, walking Niki Williams to force home Fleischman for 8-1. Wright then lined a two run single to center to make it 10-1. After Lawrie reached on an infield single, Fagaly drove a frozen rope on the first pitch she saw over the wall in left for a three run homer, her second of the season, and a 13-1 margin.

Lawrie (28-2) overcame an inconsistent strike zone from home plate umpire Steve Arnold to record her 28th complete game in 29 starts. She allowed two hits and two walks while striking out 12. The Beavers' lone run came in the top of the first, courtesy of the first two batters as Cavestany doubled off the wall in the center and scored on a single by McKenna Lowe. In the top of the second, Lawrie walked the first two batters she faced, Hall and Maggie Doremus, one of them apparently aided by an illegal pitch. From that point Lawrie was untouchable. She proceeded to strike out the side in the second and retired the final 12 batters she faced. She ended the game by emphatically striking out the side in the top of the fifth.

For the Beavers, Hall took a real beating statistically. She gave up ten runs, all earned, on eight hits. It seemed like Arnold squeezed her strike zone even more than Lawrie's as she walked seven and did not strike out a batter. The Huskies got to Hall right away in the bottom of the first, tying the game on a bases loaded single by Wright. They then took the lead in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs with two outs, for 3-1. Fleischman bunted for a base hit, stole second, and scored on a single by Pohlman. Salling chopped a single to right and Williams drove in Pohlman with another single.

The series will resume on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m, and the finale will begin at 12 noon on Sunday.

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