#1 Washington 2, #15 Stanford 1

SEATTLE - Danielle Lawrie hit a game winning two-run homer with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give top-ranked Washington a thrilling 2-1 victory over 15th-ranked Stanford at Husky Softball Stadium on a picture perfect 65-degree Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies improved their Pac-10 leading record to 14-3 and overall mark to 42-5, while the Cardinal dropped to 5-12 and 33-16. The Huskies also took a step closer to their first Pac-10 title since 2000, maintaining a two game lead over UCLA (12-5), who won at California.

Trailing 1-0 going into the last of the seventh, Shawna Wright led off with a line single to right on the first pitch against starter Ashley Chinn. Maggie Wagner entered the game to pinch run for Wright and then Lawrie drove a 2-0 pitch from Chinn into the right field bleachers for her team leading 12th home run of the season, sending the sellout crowd of 2,080 into a frenzy. Her teammates mobbed Lawrie at home plate and the crowd gave the Huskies a standing ovation as they came toward the home dugout.

Chinn and Lawrie had a terrific duel in the pitcher's circle, matching zeroes for five innings. Lawrie gave up only an infield single to Alissa Haber in that span, while Chinn allowed two singles, to Lawrie in the second and Morgan Stuart in the fifth, and a walk to Jenn Salling in the fourth. The Cardinal broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth on a two out solo homer over the 220 marker in dead center field by Ashley Hansen, her third of the season. Then in the seventh Stanford threatened to increase the lead and possibly put the game out of reach when they had runners at first and second on singles by Jenna Rich and Rosey Neill. The next batter, Maya Burns, struck out swinging on three pitches, and on strike three, catcher Wright fired a perfect strike to Amanda Fleischman to pick Rich off second base to end the inning.

With her home run Lawrie (32-2) earned the win. She recorded her 31st complete game in 33 starts, allowing one run on five hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out 13. Chinn (8-7) suffered the loss in her fifth complete game of the season. She allowed two runs only four hits in six plus innings. She walked one and struck out five.

The two teams conclude the three game series at 12 noon on Sunday afternoon. The game will mark the final regular season home appearances for seniors Lawrie, Fleischman, Alyson McWherter and Bailey Stenson.


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