Softball Captures Fifth-Place Finish At The NFCA Leadoff Classic

Feb. 25, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The 10th-ranked Washington softball team defeated Kansas, 8-0, in five innings Sunday in final day action of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. With the win, the Huskies moved to 11-6 overall and finished in a tie for fifth place with Michigan in the 24-team tournament at South Commons Softball Complex.

Against the Jayhawks, the Huskies got on the board in the first inning, scoring what would turn out to be the winning run when freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) doubled and then scored on an RBI-single to right field by senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.).

In the top of the second inning, UW catcher Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) went down with an injury, forcing senior third baseman Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) to take over the catching duties and freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) to play at third base in the top of the third for the first time in their careers.

The Huskies responded to the change well, scoring three more runs in the top of the third on a triple by Hauxhurst and a one-out single by Oleson. In its next at-bat, the UW added four more runs, with two coming on a single by senior Christie Rosenbald (Fillmore, Calif.), to put the game out of reach at 8-0.

UW junior pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) earned her first career victory to move to 1-3 in 2001. Walsh allowed just three hits and also struck out three to earn the win, while Kansas pitcher Kara Pierce took the loss to fall to 5-3.

In the consolation championship of the gold bracket for fifth place, the Huskies opened an early 1-0 lead on 18th-ranked Michigan as DePaul singled with two outs, moved to second on another single by sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and scored on a single up the left field line by Oleson.

The game, however, was not to be as lightning and then rain and time constraints forced the game to be canceled with the Huskies up to bat in the top of the second inning.

Washington will head back home before traveling to St. George, Utah., next Friday for the Red Desert Classic, March 2-4.

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