Softball Finishes Tournament With An 8-4 Win Over Hofstra

Feb. 18, 2001

TAMPA, Fla. - The Washington softball team used a season-high 16 team hits and a no-hitter through five innings by freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) to defeat Hofstra, 8-4, Sunday in final day action of the Holiday Inn Invitational. With the win, the Huskies moved to 6-4 overall, while the Pride stayed winless at 0-4.

The UW, which ended a three-game losing skid, got on the board first as senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) doubled home freshman Rita Roach, who along with classmate Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), opened the top of the third with a pair of singles.

The Huskies later added to their lead in the fourth inning, scoring five runs all with two outs on six hits as the UW went through its batting order to take a 6-0 lead. During the fourth, Hauxhurst and sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) both drove in a pair of runs, while senior Kim DePaul's (Tomball, Texas.) single sent Oleson home.

An RBI triple by Clark and an RBI single by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) gave the Huskies a comfortable 8-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth when junior pitcher Bridget Wilcox (Olympia, Wash.) relieved Bollinger, who struck out six and no-hit Hofstra in her five innings.

The Hofstra bats finally came alive in the sixth, as the Pride used three hits, a pair of walks and a Husky throwing error to close to margin to 8-3. Hofstra then added another run in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to catch up, as the Huskies won 8-4.

Bollinger moved to 6-1 on the season for the Huskies to match the UW win total in 2001.

Washington heads north to Tennessee-Chattanooga for a Wednesday doubleheader slated for a 4 p.m. (ET) start. The Huskies then travel to the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., February 23-25.

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