#1 Washington 9, Oregon State 0 (5)

SEATTLE - Washington hit four home runs, including back to back shots in both the first and second innings, to power past Oregon State 9-0 in five innings at Husky Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win in the second game of the three game Pac-10 series the Huskies improved their league leading record to 11-3 and 39-5 overall while the Beavers dropped to 2-12 and 22-26.

After scoring 13 runs on 12 hits in Friday's opener the Huskies brought out the heavy metal again early and often in Saturday's game. They sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs against Kelly Dyer (5-5) in the bottom of the first. Kimi Pohlman started the barrage by lining Dyer's first pitch of the game off the glove of Ally Kutz at first base and into right field for a double. Niki Williams then drove the first pitch she saw over the wall and beneath the scoreboard in center for her ninth homer of the season and a 2-0 Husky lead. The next batter, Shawna Wright, made it 3-0 when she hit a solo homer, her 10th, over the wall in left. With two outs, Hooch Fagaly walked on four pitches and Morgan Stuart lined a double into the left field corner to put Huskies at second and third. The Beavers brought Paige Hall in to the game to relieve Paige Hall and the first batter she faced, Taylor Smith, lined an opposite field single to right to score both runners and make it 5-0.

The Huskies had a chance to score even more in the first, loading the bases when Amanda Fleischman got hit by a pitch and Pohlman walked, but Jenn Salling grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The Huskies, however, added four more runs in the bottom of the second to make it 9-0. Williams led off with a double off the right field wall. Two outs later, Fagaly singled to center to score Williams for a 6-0 Husky lead. Stuart followed with her third home run of the season to left to make it 8-0. Then Smith, the next batter, capped the Huskies' scoring with an opposite field homer, her sixth, into the right field bleachers.

Williams and Stuart both finished the game 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and two runs batted in while Smith went 2 for 2 with a home run,a run scored and three runs batted in.

In the pitcher's circle, Danielle Lawrie (29-2) went four shutout innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out six. She did not pitch a complete game for only the second time in 30 starts, as head coach Heather Tarr decided to give Baily Harris some work. She pitched the fifth inning, allowing one hit while striking out one, and got Karmen Holladay to ground into a game ending double play.

For the Beavers, Dyer did not even make it out of the first, giving up five runs on four hits and one walk in only two thirds of an inning.

The Huskies go for the sweep of the Beavers when the two teams play the series finale at Husky Softball Stadium at 12:00 noon on Sunday. Then Stanford comes to town for the final regular season home series of the season from Friday, May 7 to Sunday, May 9.


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