SEATTLE, WA - It was an exciting day at Safeco Field on Saturday as the 2012 UW softball team faced off in an exhibition game against the NPF All-Stars. Although the All-Stars snuck by UW with a 1-0 win, fun was had by all for the family, friends and youth players in attendance.
After the game, a one-hour clinic was hosted by both teams and then fans made their way up to the Diamond Club to watch the UW-Stanford football game.
The All-Stars held their lead through seven innings after scoring the games' only goal in the first inning.
Caitlin Lowe (University of Arizona) led off the game with a single and scored on a single to right by Bianca Mejia (LIU).
Husky sophomore Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Ore.) struck out former Husky All-American Danielle Lawrie for the second out of the inning. Sam Marder (Ohio State) popped out to right for the final out after Ashley Charters (Washington) walked.
Lawrie got the start in the circle for the All-Stars and had two strikeouts in the first inning. She ended with seven in the game and pitched a perfect 4.0 innings. Lisa Norris (North Carolina) pitched the final 3.0 innings for a save, also striking out seven.
The first and only base runner of the game for UW came in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Whitney Jones (Upland, Calif.) singled off of Norris.
Inglesby had five strikeouts while allowing just one run on seven hits.
Since this was an exhibition game, the result and stats do not count towards either teams or players records.
Quotes From The Game:
UW Head Coach Heather Tarr:
"It was the coolest thing, next to meeting Don James that I have ever done, having our team being able to play here at Safeco Field. I thought we played pretty well, I would have liked to have seen us just slow our heart rate down a little bit; everybody was pretty excited to get up there. We had some fast swings and not a lot of connection with a lot of balls. But never the less it is going to pay off for us in the long run."
"It's good pitching, its good pitching beats good hitting any day. The fences were pretty deep, I'm not quite sure, they were definitely not what our field was, but it was good and it was awesome to see our fans come out. I think we had a lot more people here than we thought and we are definitely going to try to convince the NPF to do this with us again next year, so we will be able to build some momentum for next year."
"Both (Danielle Lawrie and Lisa Norris) are extremely good pitchers. The irony of it is that we recruited Lisa Norris and we told her we had to wait and see what Danielle was going to do and she chose us. Lisa Norris went on to have a great career at UNC; she is awesome obviously, by how she came in and just shut us down. It was a good experience facing Danielle; I'm glad that she was on our team for five years."
Former Husky And NPF All-Star Danielle Lawrie:
"It was awesome; I thought that we had a really good turnout, which always makes it that much better. It was a close game, it was not a blow out, so it was definitely interesting, people stayed in it, so I thought all in all it was a great success."
"You have your good days and your bad days in the circle and I'm fresh and expected that. It is the first time the catcher and I have worked together and we were really on the same page. I think that really helps. And obviously once you get that one run, my mentality is just to hold them off and we are good to go."