SEATTLE -- No. 3 Washington capitalized on three Arizona errors, then exploded for a four-run sixth as No. 9 Arizona was no-hit for the first time in almost nine years in a 6-0 loss at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.
UA did not tally a hit for the first time since May 25, 2000, when Southern Mississippi's Courtney Blades shut down the Wildcat offense in a 1-0 victory for the Golden Eagles during the WCWS.
All-American Danielle Lawrie (20-3) pitched to the minimum number of batters, and allowed only one base runner throughout the entire game. The no-hit clinching pitch was her 100th of the contest. She also tallied 12 strikeouts in the complete game. Her counterpart, Jennifer Martinez (7-2), was touched up for four earned runs on 10 Husky hits. The senior struck out four and issued one walk, throwing 101 pitches.
UW (29-5, 2-2) plated an unearned run with two outs in the first. Newcomer Jen Salling was hit by Martinez, then pitcher Lawrie tagged a full count toss off the glove of Laine Roth at first and into right field. Karissa Buchanan's throw to third was cut off by K'Lee Arredondo, but the junior's attempted throw to first went awry, allowing Salling to score and Lawrie to move to second. Martinez forced a flyout to end the inning with the Huskies up 1-0.
Victoria Kemp drew a leadoff walk to start the third inning, giving Arizona (31-8, 3-1 Pac-10) its first and only base runner of the game. But Lauren Schutzler grounded into a fielder's choice, cutting down Kemp at second, then Schutzler was caught stealing and Buchanan grounded right back to Lawrie to end the half.
Ashley Charters singled right by Martinez to lead off the bottom half. Kimi Pohlman took the next pitch past Arredondo at shortstop to put two on with no outs. After a fielder's choice nabbed Pohlman at second, Lawrie reached first courtesy of the second error of the game for the Cats - a Leles throw that pulled Roth off the bag, loading the bases. Ashlyn Watson grounded right back to Martinez who forced Charters out at home, but Stacie Chambers' throw for the double play at first went into right field, allowing Salling to score her second run of the day, unearned. A groundout to Martinez ended the inning, UW up 2-0.
The Huskies upped the margin to three with their first earned run of the game with two outs in the sixth. Alicia Blake singled in Morgan Stuart, who had advanced to second on a wild pitch after singling into right. Charters brought in another run on a single up the middle, then Pohlman blooped a single down the left field line, plating two more and giving the Huskies the final margin.
Up Next: The Cats will arrive in Los Angeles tonight before taking on No. 7 UCLA on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at noon.