#12 Softball Splits Games To Open Red Desert Classic

March 2, 2001

ST. GEORGE, Utah - For the third straight weekend, the 12th-ranked Washington softball team opened tournament play by splitting a pair of games Friday in day one action of the Red Desert Classic. The Huskies blanked tournament host Utah 8-0 in five innings, but then came up just short against Brigham Young, 7-6. With the split, the UW moved to 12-7 overall in 2001.

In the first game with the Utes, Washington went out early as freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) punched a bases-loaded triple to left field to make the score 3-0. Oleson then scored another run in the top of the first on a throwing error by Utah catcher Christa Pfeninger to give her team a 4-0 advantage.

After freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) struck out the side in the bottom of the first, the Huskies added to their lead when senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) hit her first home run of the year to also score freshmen Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) and Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.).

Hauxhurst struck again in the top of the fourth, getting on base with a single, advancing to third on a Utah throwing error and scoring the final run on another RBI hit by Oleson, who finished the game with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate and four RBI.

Bollinger earned her 11th win of the season to move to 11-2 overall, allowing just a pair of infield hits, while striking out six in five innings. The Utes failed to get any of their three runners past first base, as they fell to 6-7 overall in 2001.

In the second game, BYU's Oli Keohohou hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie and help the Cougars come-from-behind in a cold, rainy conditions at the St. George Softball Complex, 7-6.

Washington had built an early 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI double from Hauxhurst and a pair of RBI singles from sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and Oleson. The Cougars, however, came to within one in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs on a single by Brooke Cadiente and a two-run home run from Mindy Hanson.

After BYU (6-11) tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Keohohou tagged her second home run in as many at bats to drive in what would turn out to be the winning runs, giving her team a 7-4 advantage going into the seventh.

The Huskies, however, made it interesting in their last at-bat, as Clark crushed a two-run home run to center field to draw the UW to within one at 7-6. After Oleson reached base on a hit by pitch, Washington senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) then flied out center field and pinch hitter freshman Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) fouled out to right field to end the game.

Washington pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) took the loss to fall to 1-4 on the season.

The Huskies continue with day two of the Red Desert Classic Saturday with games against Missouri (12 p.m. MT) and Southern Utah (2 p.m. MT).

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