#14 Softball Falls Short Of Doubleheader Sweep Of #24 Cal State Northridge

March 21, 2001

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - For the second straight day, the 14th-ranked Washington softball team split a pair of non-conference games, winning the first half of a doubleheader Wednesday at Cal State Northridge, 3-1, but then falling in the second game, 4-3, in six innings. The second game was called due to darkness with the Huskies, who moved to 22-11 overall, getting ready to bat in the top of the seventh inning.

In game one, Washington pushed across three runs in the first inning, with two coming on back-to-back RBI singles by sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas). The three-run first inning proved to be enough as the Matadors managed to score just one run in the bottom of the sixth after a one-out walk and two consecutive singles off Husky starting pitcher freshman Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Bollinger and the Husky defense remained stingy for most of the first game, as the Matadors sent just three batters to the plate in five of the seven innings. Bollinger, who allowed five hits and struck out eight, moved to 20-2 on the season and earned her 10th straight win.

In the second half of the doubleheader, both schools tallied a run in the first inning with the UW scoring its run when Clark was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded. The Matadors then took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the third when centerfielder Meghan Finnerty hit a two-run, two-out single up the middle to move her team into the lead at 3-1. Northridge added what would prove to be the game-winning run on a Washington fielding error, before Bollinger, who relieved UW starter Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.), finally got Matador Amber Copelan to end the inning with a ground-out to third base.

The Huskies attempted to answer in their very next at-bat, but Northridge pitcher Summer Richardson got UW freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) to ground into a double-play with the bases-loaded and one out in the top of the fourth. Washington finally made a dent into the Matador lead in the fifth on a pair of RBI infield-singles by seniors Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) to make the score 3-4.

The UW got a pair of base runners in the sixth, but were unable to push across any more runs as the game was called before the Huskies, who out-hit their opponent 9-4, could get their final at-bat.

Walsh took the loss in the circle, falling to 2-8 overall, while Richardson picked up the win for the Matadors (15-12) to move to 2-0 in 2001.

The Huskies will take more than a week off before opening Pac-10 Conference play in Northern California, Friday, March 30. Washington will play a single game at California (March 30), before heading to Stanford (March 31 - April 1) for a two-game series.

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