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WCWS: Washington Wins Dog Fight in Opening Game of WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY – Washington capitalized on a two-run home rum from first baseman Niki Williams en route to a 3-1 win over Georgia in the opening game of the 2009 Women’s College World Series at Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday afternoon. 

With the win, Washington (47-11) advances to play the Arizona State/Missouri winner at 6 pm CT on Friday while Georgia (44-11) will face the loser of that same game in an elimination match-up at 11 am CT on Saturday. 

Washington opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lauren Greer started the rally with a two-out walk, which was followed by the third home run of the year from first baseman Nikki Williams to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. 

Georgia would cut that lead in half in the top half of the fifth inning. Shortstop Kristin Schnake led off the frame with a double just fair down the right field. She would come around to score on a one-out double down the right field line by leadoff hitter Taylor Schlopy, making the score 2-1. 

The Huskies added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. A Bailey Stenson one-out single opened the rally, and she would advance to second on an Ashley Charters single before coming home on a Kimi Pohlman single to make the score 3-1. 

Pohlman was the only Washington player with multiple hits on the day, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Georgia’s Kristin Schnake also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. 

Washington’s Danielle Lawrie improved to 38-7 with the win. She struck out five and walked two while allowing six hits over her seven innings in the circle. Losing pitcher Christine Hamilton struck out two and walked four while allowing three runs.