May 28, 2009
Game 1: Washington 3, Georgia 1
• Washington (47-11) improved to 2-0 in Women’s College World Series openers under fifth-year head coach Heather Tarr with a 3-1 victory over Georgia (44-11). It was the same score that UW defeated DePaul by in the 2007 Women’s College World Series opener, the only other time the Huskies have made the WCWS field under Tarr.
• Making its ninth trip to the Women’s College World Series, Washington improved to 9-4 this season versus teams in this WCWS field.
• Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (39-7) allowed one earned run on six hits in the complete game win. It was Lawrie’s 92nd win of her career, third most in program history. Lawrie entered today’s contest tied with Jamie Graves (1997-00) for third in UW history. Tia Bollinger (2001-04) recorded 95 wins, while Jennifer Spediacci (1997-00) holds the all-time Washington wins record with 100.
• Washington improved to 6-2 all-time against Georgia, and to 4-1 against the Bulldogs in postseason play. The teams split a pair of regular season contests earlier this season at the Easton SEC/Pac-10/Big 12 Challenge in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with UW winning the first meeting 2-0 on March 7 and Georgia taking a 2-0 decision a day later.
• Washington struck first on a two-run homer by Niki Williams in the bottom of the fourth. It was the third home run of the season (first since Feb. 27 against Seattle) for Williams, the nine-hole hitter in today’s contest.
• It was Williams’ sixth multi-RBI game of the season as the freshman first baseman pushed her current hitting streak to four straight games – one game shy of her longest.
• Williams’ home run was just the second given up by Georgia’s Christie Hamilton during this year’s NCAA Championships. The senior pitcher also gave up a home run in the Bulldog’s second game of regional action to North Carolina.
• The Huskies won their 14th game of the season when scoring three runs or fewer.
• Washington improved to 35-0 when leading after four innings and to 18-1 when hitting at least one home run.
• Today’s loss was Georgia’s first of the 2009 postseason (5-1) and first defeat in a televised game this year (3-1).
• Georgia’s Ashley Pauly delivered the program’s first hit in the Women’s College World Series with a single to center field in the top of the second.
• The Bulldogs’ lone run was scored by Kristin Schnake in the top of the fifth on a double by leadoff hitter Taylor Schlopy.