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Softball Coaching Bible


Cathi Aradi

WCWS: Washington To Face Florida In Championship Series

OKLAHOMA CITY – Washington started the game with hot bats and never looked back, turning in a 9-3 victory over Georgia to wrap up the second spot in the Women’s College World Series championship series. The Huskies (49-12) open the series on Monday evening at 7 pm CDT against the University of Florida. Georgia concludes its season with a 47-12 record. 

Washington started this third match-up between the Bulldogs and Huskies with all offensive cylinders firing. Ashley Charters, Kimi Pohlman and Jenn Salling opened up with a trio of singles to load the bases for Danielle Lawrie. Lawrie delivered, connecting on a the fourth grand slam home run in as many games on the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium field to give Washington an early 4-0 lead. 

The bottom of the second inning saw Washington add an additional run. Lauren Greer led off with a single and came around to score on a triple from Charters to make the score 5-0. 

Georgia answered in the top of the third inning. Lisaira Daniels led off the inning with a triple down the right field line, and remained at third base until a two-out single from Alisa Goler scored Daniels and a double from Megan Wiggins to give the Bulldogs a pair of runners in scoring position. A Brianna Hesson single cleared the bases to make the score 5-3. 

Washington plated a sixth run in the third inning on a solo home run to left by Morgan Stuart. The Huskies final three runs were scored in the sixth inning. Ashlyn Watson drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second base by Greer. A Nikki Williams single provided the first baseman’s eighth RBI of the day and made the score 7-3. Williams went to second on a Charters hit, but was out at third base on a fielders choice off the bat of Pohlman. A two-RBI double from Salling accounted for the final score of 9-3. 

Washington starting pitcher Danielle Lawrie struck out 12 and allowed five hits and three runs while walking three in the game. She improves to 40-8 on the season. 

Georgia starting pitcher Erin Arevalo took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season. She pitched the first inning and a third, giving up five runs on as many hits and came in to record the final defensive out for the Bulldogs. Christie Hamilton filled in the middle 4.1 innings, striking out six and walking three in the contest.