Time: 12 Noon & approx. 1:30 PM
Danielle Lawrie is what powers the Huskies. With an overall recored of 35-7, she dominated the Regionals in Amherst, MA and has no-hitters logged against powerhouses #6 Arizona and #2 UCLA. She has also shutout No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Georgia and No. 11 Ohio State this season. Note that Florida, Alabama and Georgia all played and beat us this season. The task will be daunting, but the reward will be tremendous.
Washington is 44-11. They are not invincible and have been beaten. They also don't get involved in slugfests. Either their bats are hot and Lawrie throws the heat or the bats can't connect. When the Huskies have lost, they lose by an average of 4 runs. Not the slimmest of margins in softball, and this tells me that Lawrie is the anchor of the team. Her success leads to team success. Hold the other 8 at bay, make sure Lawrie doesn't beat you (twice) and you're in.
Sounds easy doesn't it?
A little bit of trivia: There is a degree of separation between Georgia Tech and Washington. Lawrie and our very own Jen Yee both played for Canada in the Beijing Olympics in August.