#12 Softball Drops First NCAA Regional Game To Top-Seeded Oklahoma, 3-2

May 19, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 0-2 deficit, defeating second-seeded Washington, 3-2, Saturday at the OU Softball Complex. The loss broke a 19-game regional win streak for the Huskies, who have not lost an NCAA regional game since 1995. The UW fell to 39-22 overall and face Massachusetts, with the winner slated to meet Oklahoma in the regional final Sunday.

The Huskies scored the game's first two runs as senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) led-off the third inning with a single. Rosenblad moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Calif.) and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Sophomore catcher Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) drew a full-count walk before giving way to pinch runner Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.). Wicks advanced to second, tagging up on a fly-out to right field by freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) to put runners at second and third and two outs.

UW junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) came up big for the Huskies on the next play, driving a ball to the right-side of the infield, which OU second baseman LaKisha Washington was unable to handle as Rosenbald and Wicks came home for the first two runs.

UW pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) held the Sooners hitless through 4.2 innings, before giving up a two-out triple to right-center field by Washington. Bollinger then walked the next batter Kelli Braitsch, who stole second. The Huskies got out of the inning on a ground-out to sophomore shortstop Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.).

Washington proved not to be so lucky in the bottom of the sixth when first baseman Lisa Carey led-off the inning with a home run to draw the Sooners to within one. Bollinger struck out catcher Ashli Barrett but then game up a walk to Jennifer Stump and an infield hit to Erin Evans. Evans and Stump moved over one base each on a ground out to third base for the second out, but third baseman Leah Gulla slapped a high bouncer deep in the hole to the left-side, which Clark was unable to grab as two Oklahoma runners raced home.

Oklahoma pitcher Jennifer Stewart (35-3) shut the Huskies down in order in the top of the seventh as the Sooners went on to win, 3-2.

The UW-Massachusetts game, which was slated for a 5:30 p.m. start, had been delayed due to lightning and rain. The game is expected to resume at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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