Jaime Clark's Grand Slam Lifts #12 Softball Over #9 Arizona State, 7-1
May 11, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore Jaime Clark's (Tustin, Calif.) first career grand slam broke a 1-1 tie as the #12 Washington defeated #9 Arizona State, 7-1, Friday at Alberta Farrington Stadium. With the win, the Huskies claimed at least a tie for third place in the Pac-10, moving to 11-8 in conference play and 37-19 overall. The Sun Devils fell to 34-18 overall and 9-10 in the Pac-10.
The Huskies scored the game's first run when junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) hit back-to-back singles with one out. After sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) struck out, senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) belted a hard ground ball single over ASU third baseman Phelan Wright's head to score Simpson.
Wright equalized the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out solo home run to centerfield.
In the top of the fifth, the Huskies loaded the bases after freshman Rita Roach doubled and then stole second, Simpson reached on a fielder's choice and Hauxhurst walked. Clark then smashed her first career grand slam over the fence in left field to move the score to 5-1.
Washington then added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Simpson scored on a fielding error and Hauxhurst, who extended her current hitting streak to 10 games, came home on a single to right field by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.).
UW pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) allowed just one other hit in the first inning besides Wright's home run. The freshman right-hander also retired the side in order in four innings, while allowing just four base runners on the night. Bollinger, who has now pitched a school season record 255 innings, moved to 33-5 overall, while ASU pitcher Kirsten Voak fell to 14-8.
Washington's seven runs tied the most runs that the Sun Devils had given up all year, while the Huskies belted out 12 team hits, also the most allowed by ASU. Washington will travel to #1 Arizona Saturday for the team's regular season-ending doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.