#10 Softball Edged 3-2 By #19 South Carolina

Feb. 24, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ga. - South Carolina's Joyce McMillin had a two-run home run and the game-winning RBI in the third inning to help the Gamecocks defeat the 10th-ranked Washington softball team Saturday, 3-2, in day two action at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The UW, which entered bracket play as the fourth seed in the gold division, fell to 10-6 on the season and 2-2 at the tournament held at the South Commons Softball Complex.

The Huskies got on the board first when lead-off batter junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) walked, advanced to second on a base hit by freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and scored on a Gamecock throwing error. South Carolina would come back in the bottom of the frame, however, when McMillin sent a two-run home run over the fence in center field to give her team a 2-1 edge.

McMillin would strike again in the third inning, driving in Jodi Fittro from third with an RBI single for what would turn out to be the winning run and a 3-1 advantage.

The Huskies kept themselves within striking distance when senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) came through with a clutch two-out single up the middle to score freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who had singled through the left-side with one out, to make the score 2-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, Washington had another scoring chance with base runners on first and second and two outs. South Carolina relief pitcher, Megan Matthews, however, got Rosenblad to foul-out to the shortstop to end the inning and the Huskies' last real threat.

UW freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) took the loss to fall to 10-2 on the season, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out eight. South Carolina, which earlier in the day upset third-ranked Oklahoma, moved to 11-7 overall.

Washington will face Kansas, a 6-4 loser to top seed Stanford, Sunday at 9 a.m. (ET). The Huskies can finish no worse than sixth in the 24-team tournament.

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