Softball Drops A Pair Of Games By One Run

Feb. 17, 2001

TAMPA, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team came up on the losing end of a pair of one-run games Saturday in day two action of the Holiday Inn Invitational, hosted by the University of South Florida. The Huskies fell in the opener, 3-2, to #19 Notre Dame, and then dropped to 5-4 overall with a 4-3 loss to South Florida.

In the first game, the UW jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in both the first and third innings. Sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) drove home senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) with an RBI single in the first and senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) came around to score on a Notre Dame throwing error in the third.

UW starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) held the Irish off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth inning, allowing a solo home run by Notre Dame sophomore Andrea Loman.

In the top of the fifth, the Huskies were poised to widen their lead, loading the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth inning. A strikeout by DePaul, a fly-out by Clark and a ground out by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.), however, ended the Husky threat with the UW unable to add to its lead.

After Notre Dame tied the score at 2-2 with back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies were unable to regain the lead in the top of the seventh. The Irish then added the game's decisive run in the bottom of the inning when sophomore Andria Bledsoe singled and stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a single up the middle.

In the second game of the day, Washington fell behind 4-0, but was able to chip away at the South Florida lead beginning in the bottom of the fifth inning when Hauxhurst hit a triple to center field to score freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and DePaul singled home Hauxhurst.

Two innings later in the bottom of the seventh, Roach began the inning with a lead-off single and then advanced to third on a double by Hauxhurst. DePaul then hit a long sacrifice fly to left field to allow Roach to score. After Clark was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second and two outs, South Florida pitcher Jamie Peterka got Rosenbald to end the game with a foul-out to third base.

Washington pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) took the loss to fall to 0-2 in 2001, while Bulls starter Jaime Anderson earned the win to move to 1-1.

The Huskies complete action at the Holiday Inn Invitational with a 10 a.m. ET game Sunday versus Hofstra. The UW then continues on the road with a Wednesday doubleheader at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

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