#3 Washington 3, North Dakota State 0

Danielle Lawrie used both her bat and arm to help the Huskies begin the postseason and their quest for a second straight national championship with a 3-0 victory over the North Dakota State Bison in the second game of the NCAA regional at Husky Softball Stadium on an overcast Friday evening.

With the win the Huskies (46-6), the top seed in the regional and overall third seed in the tournament, advanced to a winner's bracket game against North Carolina at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels (41-18) advanced behind senior ace left hander Danielle Spaulding's no hitter in a 1-0 win over Nebraska. The Bison (33-24) fell into a loser out game against Nebraska (29-28) at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Jenn Salling walked and Lawrie drove a one strike pitch from Whitney Johnson toward the wall in left field. Elisa Victa looked like she would have a play on the ball and leaped to make the catch, but the ball bounced over the wall for Lawrie's team leading 15th home run of the season and a 2-0 Husky lead.

The Huskies made it 3-0 in the bottom of the third when Amanda Fleischman led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Kimi Pohlman and scored on another groundout by Salling.

In the circle, Lawrie (36-2) allowed only four hits while striking out 13 in notching her 21st shutout and 35th complete game in 37 starts. With the 13 strikeouts she increased her career Pac-10 record total to 1,785 and moved into fourth place all-time in NCAA history.

She gave up her first hit to Victa in the top of the first but proceeded to retire ten batters in a row before Laurel Pipkin reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth. She gave up her third hit to Becca Gift in the fifth and faced her biggest scoring threat in the top of the sixth when the Bison got two runners aboard, Victa on an error by Morgan Stuart and Pipkin on her second infield hit of the game.

Lawrie however slammed the door on the Bison when she struck out Brea Konz swinging to end the inning. In the top of the seventh Lawrie retired the Bison in order, the first two batters on strikeouts and Richel Briones on a grounder to Stuart at third.

For the Bison Johnson (26-17) suffered the loss in her 10th complete game of the season. She gave up three runs on six hits and three walks. She struck out three.

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