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WCWS: Huskies Win Extra-Innings Duel, 1-0

OKLAHOMA CITY – A two-out single from Morgan Stewart in the bottom of the eighth inning advanced Washington to Sunday’s semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Arizona State on the second day of the 2009 Women’s College World Series. 

With the victories, the Huskies (48-11) advance to Sunday’s noon CDT semifinal, where they will need just one victory to advance to the championship series. Arizona State (47-18) falls to the losers bracket where they will face tomorrow’s Alabama-Arizona winner at approximately 8 pm CDT on Saturday night. 

The Pac-10 match-up showcased a pitchers duel between ASU freshman Hillary Bach and Washington junior Danielle Lawrie. Washington got the first hit of the game, a single from Kimi Pohlman in the bottom of the first, but the Huskies would not have a runner in scoring position until the fourth inning when Jenn Salling singled to lead off the inning and was thrown out at the plate on a two-out double by Alicia Blake. 

Arizona State had Katie Crabb in scoring position in the second inning on a two-out double, but that was the last time a Sun Devil would reach second base in the game. 

Washington threatened again in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on the corners and two outs, but the Huskies were unable to score, sending the game into extra innings. 

After the Sun Devils were retired in order in the top of the eighth, thanks to a double play turned on a sacrifice bunt attempt, the Huskies put together the game-winning rally in the bottom half of the frame. Pohlman started the rally with a two-out double to left center. After a walk issued to Salling, Pohlman went to third base on a fly-out to deep right field off the bat of Danielle Lawrie. Pohlman would score on a single to left field by Morgan Stuart, plating the lone run of the game for the 1-0 win. 

Lawrie turned in an impressive performance in the circle for the Huskies, striking out three and allowing just two hits over eight innings in the circle. She improves to 39-7 on the season. Hillary Bach twirled an equally impressive performance for the Sun Devils, striking out two and walking three while scattering eight hits over 7.2 innings in the circle.