Lawrie Pitches Perfect Game to Propel No. 1 Huskies Past No. 17/13 Cal, 4-0

April 25, 2010

Final Stats

BERKELEY - The Huskies (37-5 overall/9-3 in the Pac-10 Conference) worked Golden Bears' (34-13/5-7 Pac-10) starter Jolene Henderson for three earned runs off 10 hits, with Henderson striking out five.

Washington took the series opener, 1-0, in a 10-inning stand while Cal upset the Huskies in dramatic fashion on Saturday, 9-1, in five innings. Prior to Sunday's game, Cal head coach Diane Ninemire was presented with a framed jersey to commemorate her 1,000th career win, which occurred April 7, 2010 against Sac State. To read more about Ninemire's Road to 1,000, please click here.

After Henderson issued a first-pitch strike, shortstop Jenn Salling laid down a bunt single to get the Huskies aboard in the lead-off position for the third time this weekend. Left fielder Kimi Pohlman followed up with a four-pitch walk. Salling and Pohlman held their positions at second and first, respectively, as Henderson expertly fielded pop ups to the circle from Niki Williams and catcher Shawna Wright.

Hooch Fagaly earned a two-out walk to load the bases and draw up pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who struck out swinging in both of her at bats in Saturday's game. After Lawrie thought she earned a walk on a called strike, Henderson got the All-American pitcher looking to end the inning with the bases loaded.

For the Bears, in the bottom of the first, left fielder Jamia Reid popped up to first, second baseman Shannon Thomas went down looking, and first baseman Valerie Arioto grounded out to third.

After hitting a long foul ball down the left-field line, third baseman Morgan Stuart sent one flying into deep left field, where Jamia Reid was waiting patiently to make the catch. Right fielder Bailey Stenson slapped the ball into left field for the first hit of the second. After second baseman Amanda Fleischman grounded out to Jace Williams at third, Henderson intentionally walked shortstop Jenn Salling to put the force on and draw up Kimi Pohlman. With two away, Pohlman hit a high fly into center field, which Frani Echavarria easily handled to end the inning with UW leaving two Huskies stranded.



It was three up, three down again for the Bears in the bottom of the second with two strikeouts - Ziegenhirt, Echavarria - and a 1-3 ground out by Jace Williams.

Henderson opened the third with a looking strikeout to designated player Niki Williams. Wright took an upstairs pitch for a single into center field. Fagaly walked to put runners at first and second with one away. After refusing to swing at two beautiful pitches and one ball by Henderson, Lawrie lined out to Elia Reid in right field.

Stuart poked a hit through the left side to load the bases with two outs. Stenson hit an RBI single into left field, plating Wright. Henderson got Fleischman looking to close the half inning with the Huskies holding the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, it was no runs on no hits with no errors for Cal with two fly outs and a swinging strikeout.

Salling started the fourth by reaching when Thomas bobbled a hard grounder at second and Salling later stole second. When Pohlman connected to Henderson in the circle, Salling got caught in a run down that went Henderson to Kelly to Williams to Kelly to Thomas, who tagged out Pohlman. Pohlman got aboard on the fielder's choice and advanced to second on the throw.

Williams hit a long fly to left field, where Jamia Reid backed up to the warning track. Reid got the ball in her glove but her body ricocheted off the wall, and the ball bounced out of her glove and behind the wall for a homer for Williams, plating herself and Pohlman. Elia Reid replaced the injured Jamia Reid in left and Shannon Houston went to right, where she made the next play of the game by drifting in to catch a fly ball from Wright.

With her Huskies leading, 3-0, Fagaly singled through the right side, past a diving Shannon Thomas for a two-out single. Elia Reid made the final out of the inning, running into foul territory to grab a foul fly from Lawrie.

Lawrie sent the Bears down in order with three looking strikeouts to close the fourth inning.

Henderson issued two Ks of her own - a looking to Stuart and swinging on Stenson - before Fleischman got aboard with a slap single into right-center field. During Salling's at bat, Ziegenhirt's razor-smooth arm got the ball safely into Taylor Kelly's glove to tag out Fleischman, who was denied the steal attempt to end the inning.

A bunt single by Salling opened the sixth. Pohlman reached on a fielder's choice when she hit the ball to Henderson, who went for the lead runner in Salling at second to get the out. There was more action at second when Ziegenhirt threw down to Kelly, who tagged out the advancing Pohlman.

Back to back walks put Williams at second and Wright at first, when Fagaly singled down the right-field line to plate Williams. A walk by Fitzsimmons, who pinch hit for Lawrie, juiced the bases for the Huskies with two outs. Used to working under pressure, the Bears got the out thanks to Taylor Kelly fielding a ground ball from Stuart, tossing to Thomas at second to get Fitzsimmons out and end the inning.

Defense was the name of the game in the top of the seventh with the Cal defenders sending the Huskies down in order.

Fittingly enough, Lawrie ended the game with three strikeouts - swinging to Shannon Houston and Shannon Thomas and got Arioto looking.

Next week will feature a nonconference mid-week game against a Pacific Coast Softball Conference opponent followed by a conference slate at home next week for the Bears.

On Wednesday, April 28, Cal will host Santa Clara at Levine-Fricke Field for a 3 p.m. first pitch. Similar to their record against the Gaels, the Bears have dominated the Broncos in program history, holding a 72-0 all-time record over Santa Clara with Cal's last win occurring Feb. 18, 2009 in a five-inning 11-0 shellacking of the Broncos.

For the weekend match-ups, there are three more home Pac-10 games, this time against No. 3 Arizona. The series with the Wildcats is slightly more tumultuous for the Bears for Arizona holds a commanding a 67-21 program lead. The last game between the two schools resulted in a 7-5 Wildcat win on April 19, 2009. Zona also holds a 5-3 record over the Bears in postseason play, though Cal defeated the `Cats in 2002 for the Women's College World Series title.

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