#10 Softball Crushes Michigan State, 9-0

Feb. 24, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The 10th-ranked Washington softball team used a pair of three-run home runs in the first inning to help defeat Michigan State, 9-0, in five innings Saturday at the South Commons Softball Stadium. With the win, the Huskies moved to 10-5 overall in 2001, and 2-1 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

In the first inning, sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) belted her second home run in as many days, driving in junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.), who had both led off the inning with singles. Four batters later, sophomore catcher Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) boosted her third home run of the season over the fence in left field to score seniors Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) and Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.).

The Huskies expanded their lead to 9-0 in the second when Roach, who doubled to open the inning, Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and DePaul all scored with two outs.

UW freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) continued to dominate, allowing three hits and striking out five in three innings, before giving way to relief pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) in the fourth. Bollinger, who moved to 10-1 on the year, has yet to allow an earned run in her last 26 innings, while giving up just six hits and striking out 33 over that span.

On the day, Washington tallied 11 team hits, led by Roach's 3-for-3 performance and Clark's 2-for-2 effort with four RBI.

Michigan State pitcher Nikki Stemberger took the loss, falling to 0-3 overall, while the Spartans remained winless in 2001 with an 0-8 record.

The Huskies will play another game later this evening at either 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET, in bracket play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

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