Softball Records Program's 400th Victory with 11-3 Win Over New Mexico State

Feb. 9, 2001

PHOENIX - The University of Washington softball team kicked off its 2001 season Friday, by spitting a pair of games at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational. The fourth-ranked Huskies opened play by falling to eighth-ranked Louisiana State, 14-2, but later rebounded to defeat New Mexico State 11-3. The UW's win over New Mexico State was the 400th in program history, moving the team's overall record to 400-142.

In the second game of the day, the Huskies scored two runs in the first inning after a bases-loaded error by New Mexico State shortstop Heather Nobbee on a ground ball by junior Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.), scored both seniors Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas).

The Roadrunners, however, bounced back in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored three runs on a bases-loaded walk and hit by pitch, and another on a fielder's choice, 3-2. The Huskies then retook the lead for good, scoring six runs all with two outs in the fifth inning, including two on a double down the third base line by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.), to make the score 8-2. Washington would later tag on another three runs, with the first coming on a solo home run by freshman Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.) in her first collegiate at bat, and the other two coming around on a home run from DePaul in the top of the seventh inning.

Freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) went the distance for the UW, surrendering just three hits and striking out four in her collegiate debut, while her counterpart New Mexico State's Ryon Adams, fell to 0-2, and gave up all 11 runs on 13 Husky hits.

In the first game of the morning, the Louisiana State Tigers took an early 6-0 lead before the Huskies got on the board in the bottom of the third on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) to score freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) from third base. The Tigers then continued to add to their lead, scoring eight runs in the final two innings, to win 14-2.

Walsh, who made her first collegiate start in the circle for the Huskies, pitched 5.2 innings in taking the loss, while Tiger Britni Sneed limited the UW to just four hits, while striking out nine for the win.

Washington continues action in the Fiesta Bowl Invitational at the Rose Mofford Complex, with two more games Saturday morning, versus Texas Tech (10 a.m. PT) and South Carolina (12:30 p.m.). The game with the Gamecocks is the first of two scheduled meetings this season between UW head coach Teresa Wilson, and her former collegiate softball coach at Missouri, South Carolina's Joyce Compton.

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