Softball's Season Ends With 10-2 Loss To Oklahoma In NCAA Region 5 Final

May 20, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - Washington's bid for its sixth consecutive trip to the College World Series ended Sunday with a 10-2 loss in the NCAA Region 5 Tournament Final to defending national champion Oklahoma, 10-2, at the OU Softball Complex. With the loss, the Huskies finished the 2001 season with a 40-23 overall record.

In an offensive sluggfest, both UW and Oklahoma combined for 26 hits. The Sooners got the Huskies off-balance early, scoring three runs in the first inning with two coming on an RBI-single up the middle by tournament most outstanding player Erin Evans.

In the second, Oklahoma added another run on another RBI single, but the Huskies pulled the lead back to three when freshman Courtney Jeffries' (Eugene, Ore.)single through the left-side scored freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who had reach on a walk.

After the Sooners added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, the Huskies' scored their last run on a lead-off solo home run by sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Washington would later load the bases with one out in the sixth, but OU pitcher Jennifer Stewart struck out pinch hitter Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.) and got centerfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) to pop out to second base.

The UW got two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but the Sooners' eight-run lead proved too much, as senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) and Oleson both flew out to centerfield to end the game.

The Huskies began the day with a 7-1 victory over Massachusetts to reach the regional final against Oklahoma. The UW erupted for seven runs on 15 hits, erasing a 0-1 deficit in the bottom of the second with four runs on a pair of back-to-back doubles by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) and Jeffries.

Washington would later add three more runs to its 4-1 lead, following a sacrifice fly and a RBI-double by senior Kim DePaul and a RBI triple by Clark.

UW pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.)split the two decisions Sunday, earning the win over UMass and taking the loss to Oklahoma to finish the season at 36-7 overall.

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