ATLANTA -- Third-ranked Washington's (45-11) softball team pounded out 14 hits and defeated No. 14 Georgia Tech (46-14), 7-1, on Saturday in Game 1 of the Atlanta Super Regional at Mewborn Field.
The Yellow Jackets will now need to beat the Huskies twice Sunday in order to advance to the Women’s College World Series. If Tech wins the first game, then a winner-take-all third game would be played at 3:30 p.m.
Redshirt junior Jen Yee hit her team-high 16th home run of the season to account for the Yellow Jackets' scoring. Washington ace Danielle Lawrie improved to 36-7 with the win as she allowed the one run on four hits.
She walked one and struck out 10. Jessica Coan (8-4) took the loss for Georgia Tech and was charged with two runs on three hits in three innings. Coan walked one and did not strike out a batter.
Six different Washington players had two hits apiece, including Ashley Charters who hit her eighth home run of the season. Jenn Salling had a double and three runs scored as well for UW.
The Yellow Jackets had a chance to score in the first inning as redshirt junior Jen Yee led off with a walk and went to second base with one out on a ground out by senior Blair Shimandle.
Danielle Lawrie was able to strike out both seniors Whitney Haller and Tiffany Johnson, however, to strand her former Canadian Olympic teammate Yee in scoring position.