#12 Softball Scores Two Runs In The Fourth Inning To Defeat #16 Oregon State, 2-0
April 21, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) scored the game-winning run, as the 12th-ranked Washington softball team defeated #16 Oregon State Saturday, 2-0, at the OSU Softball Complex. With the win, the Huskies improved to 29-16 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers fell to 34-16-1 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
The Huskies scored the game's only runs in the bottom of fourth inning, when Hauxhurst reached base on a lead-off bunt single. UW sophomore Jamie Clark (Tustin, Calif.) then belted a hard line drive to the gap in right-center field as Hauxhurst rounded third base and headed home. In the play at the plate, Hauxhurst was called safe when Oregon State's catcher Shelly Prochaska was charged with obstruction for blocking the base. Clark, who ended up with a triple on the previous play, then scored on a wild pitch by OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman.
Hoffman, who tallied a career high 13 strikeouts, had struck out seven straight Husky batters prior to giving up the bunt single to Hauxhurst in the top of the fourth inning.
Washington pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) no-hit the Beavers through three and a third innings before OSU shortstop Shawna Feldt slapped a single up the middle with one out in the top of the fourth. The Beavers' final two hits of the game came two innings later as Michele Chariton and Brooke Rutschman both reached base on back-to-back singles with one out. Bollinger, however, got designated player Brynnen Guthrie to strikeout looking and Feldt to ground out to third base to end the Beavers' biggest threat.
With the win, Bollinger moved to 26-4 on the season, while Hoffman fell to 11-8.
Washington and Oregon State will face again Sunday for a single game, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Oregon State Softball Complex.