#4 Softball Outlasta Georgia In 10 Innings, 7-4
Feb. 11, 2001
PHOENIX - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team used a three-run, 10th inning to outlast Georgia, 7-4, Sunday at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational. Following the win, the Huskies moved to 4-1 on the season, as the team's scheduled game with Nebraska was cut short due to time constraints.
With the international tiebreaker rule in effect (runner placed on second base to start the inning), UW freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) scored the game-winner from second base in the 10th inning on a RBI single up the middle by senior outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.). Washington then added another pair of runs when Hauxhurst scored on a double down the left field line by sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Clark would also come around to add another run after stealing third and scoring on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs would be unable to match the Husky run total in the bottom of the inning as freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), who earned her first career save, shut them down in order to end the game at 7-4.
Earlier in the game, Washington had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Clark hit a towering shot over the fence in left field for her first home run of the season. The Bulldogs were poised to even the score one inning later when Clark made a spectacular catch of a bloop fly ball to shallow left field to get the Huskies out of a bases-loaded jam and end the inning. Georgia finally managed to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth when outfielder Michelle Tyree slapped a home run to right field. Neither team scored in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Washington scored a pair of runs on a clutch single to right field by freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), only to have Georgia knot the score at 3-3 in the bottom half of the inning. The two sides then traded a run apiece in the ninth to send the game into the decisive 10th inning.
UW junior pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) picked up her first career victory, pitching 4.2 innings and striking out a career high eight batters, before giving way to Bollinger in the fifth inning. Georgia's Kendra Daniels, meanwhile, took the loss to fall to 2-2, while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-5 on the season.
The fourth-ranked Huskies will be back in action next Friday for the Holiday Inn Invitational, hosted by South Florida, in Tampa, Fla., February 16-18.