Danielle Lawrie scattered four hits and struck out 10 to propel the third-ranked Washington Huskies to a 7-1 rout over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an NCAA Super Regional softball game in Atlanta on Saturday.
Lawrie (36-7) tied the school record for victories in a season and moved the Huskies (45-11) to a win away from their ninth trip to the Women’s College World Series.
Washington piled up 14 hits – with six players collecting two hits apiece.
Leading 3-1, Washington put the game away with a four-run sixth inning.
Jessica Coan (8-4) took the loss for Georgia Tech (46-14).
One win today would send the Huskies to their second World Series in the past three years.
Georgia Tech would have to win twice today to advance.
In other Super Regionals, Arizona State, Georgia, Alabama and Michigan have swept their opponents and have qualified for the World Series, which begins Thursday at Oklahoma City. Arizona has also qualified, defeating Stanford two games to one.
Two other Super Regionals are still in progress. California and Florida were postponed by rain Saturday and will begin their series today. Missouri defeated UCLA 2-1 in their opener on Saturday.
Oklahoma City scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning and rallied to defeat host Lewis-Clark State 10-8 on the second day of the NAIA World Series in Lewiston.
In other games, Lubbock (Texas) Christian shut out Lee University of Tennessee 11-0, Southern Poly State (Ga.) downed Campbellsville 6-5 and Fresno Pacific (Calif.) edged Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 8-6.
Embry-Riddle and Southern Poly were eliminated.
The World Series takes the day off today before resuming Monday when LCSC faces Campbellsville at 8:30 a.m. in a loser-out portion of the double-elimination tournament.
The 10-team tournament concludes Friday.
The host Yakima Reds got their first USL Premier Development League victory of the season by defeating the Spokane Spiders 2-0.
The Spiders fell to 1-6 while Yakima is 1-4.
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