#12 Softball Splits Pair Of Non-Conference Games

March 20, 2001

FULLERTON, Calif. - The 12th-ranked Washington softball team split a pair of non-conference games Tuesday evening, defeating Northwestern, 8-2, but then falling for the second time this season to ninth-ranked Cal State Fullerton, 10-1, at the Titan Softball Field. With the split, the Huskies moved to 21-10 overall.

In the first game, Northwestern put two on the board in the first inning, when its two lead-off batters both reached base on singles and then came around to score on a double by first baseman Alyson Schulz to move the score to 2-0.

The Huskies erased the early deficit with one swing of the bat when senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) hit a three-run home run, her third of the season, to also score freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.).

Clark later increased the Husky lead to 4-2 with a solo home run of the season to left field with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Washington then put the game out of reach, scoring four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to win, 8-2.

UW starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) settled down after the first inning, giving up just three more hits while striking out nine to move to 19-2 overall. Bollinger also pitched her 14th complete game of the season, while moving her consecutive win streak to nine games. Northwestern (6-8) pitcher Lauren Schwendimann took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season.

In the second game, the ninth-ranked Titans hit three, three-run home runs to beat the Huskies in five innings. The UW actually got on the board first, when Oleson walked and then came around to score on a two-out single by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.).

CSU Fullerton erased the lead in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run to left field by designated player Yasmin Mossadeghi. After scoring one run in the bottom of the third, the Titans' Jenny Topping and Amanda Hockett both hit three-run home runs in the bottom of the fourth, to move the score to 10-1.

Washington junior pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) took the loss to fall to 2-7 in 2001, while CSU Fullerton pitcher Christy Robitaille stayed perfect at 4-0.

The Huskies will be back in action Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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