#12 Softball Grabs Pair Of Come-From-Behind Wins Over Missouri, Southern Utah

March 3, 2001

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The 12th-ranked Washington softball teams recorded a pair of come-from-behind wins over Missouri (3-2) and Southern Utah (8-2) Saturday in day two action of the Red Desert Classic. With the sweep, the Huskies improved to 14-7 on the season and 3-1 in tournament action at the St. George Softball Complex.

In the first game, the Huskies found themselves behind early after Missouri scored a run in the top of the first inning on a pair of infield singles. The UW came back to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth when seniors Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) both scored on a throwing error by the Missouri shortstop.

Washington struck again with what would turnout to be the game-winner when junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) scored from third base on a wild pitch.

The Tigers would add another run on a solo home run in the t op of the sixth, but the Huskies hung on to grab a tight 3-2 victory.

UW pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) moved her record to 12-2 on the season, allowing six hits, while striking out four. Ingrid Werner (2-6) took the loss for Missouri, which fell to 7-11 on the season.

In the second game, the Huskies once again found themselves down early, when Southern Utah scored two unearned runs in the first inning.

The UW, however, rallied in the bottom of the third with a six-run outburst. The inning was highlighted by Hauxhurst's second home run in as many days which drove in three runs, while senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) also tagged her second home run of the year with a two-run blast to left field.

Washington freshman Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) then added a pair of insurance runs with her first career home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth. UW pitcher junior Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) did not allow another run after the first inning, earning her second career victory and moving to 2-4 in 2001 with a complete game. Southern Utah fell to 6-13 overall, while Thunderbird pitcher Mandy Flint saw her record go to 4-7 on the season.

The Huskies face 17th-ranked Nebraska Sunday in the final game of the Red Desert Classic at 11 a.m. MT.

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