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Posted on: Sunday, June 6, 2010

Career of UW ace comes to close


By JEFF LATZKE
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY Danielle Lawrie's college career came to a tearful end with a defensive meltdown by her defending champion Washington Huskies.

K'Lee Arredondo drove in two runs and Karissa Buchanan scored twice as Arizona scored three unearned runs against Lawrie and sent the Huskies home with a 4-3 defeat yesterday at the Women's College World Series.

"I wanted to win obviously but right now I'm at peace and I'm happy," Lawrie said through tears. "I'm disappointed we lost but at the end of the day, a good five years."

Lawrie had won her previous five starts against her Pac-10 rival with a 1.00 ERA, but she wasn't able to keep the Wildcats from capitalizing on three defensive miscues by the usually sound Huskies.

Washington (50-9) hadn't allowed more than one earned run in a game all season and came in with the best fielding percentage of the eight World Series teams and the eighth-best mark in the nation.

Amanda Fleischman misplayed two grounders that resulted in Arizona runs, and the Wildcats added a key insurance run after Morgan Stuart bobbled Brittany Lastrapes' two-out grounder in the seventh inning.

Arizona moved on to face Hawai'i later yesterday.

GEORGIA 3, FLORIDA 2

Brianna Hesson singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth and Erin Arevalo struck out the final five batters to snuff out a Florida rally. Alisa Goler hit a two-run home run in the first inning for Georgia (50-12), which immediately bounced back after Florida (49-10) tied it in the top of the fifth.

FLORIDA 5, MISSOURI 0

Brittany Schutte homered twice and Kelsey Bruder also went deep to back a six-hitter by Stephanie Brombacher. Missouri (51-13) was the first team eliminated from the WCWS for the second straight year.