No. 9 Softball Claims the Seminole Challenge Tournament Title

Feb. 10, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Washington softball team is off to its best start in program history, defeating both No. 22 South Carolina (8-1) and Florida Atlantic (3-1) Sunday to move to 10-0 in 2002. The ninth-ranked Huskies defeated the Gamecocks (2-2) to finish a perfect 4-0 at Florida State's five-team Seminole Challenge, and then followed it up with its second win this season over the Owls (8-2) in a non-conference game also played at the Seminole Softball Complex.

In the first game versus South Carolina, the Huskies scored early and often, taking a 3-0 lead in the first when senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) both scored on a double to left-center field by junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Clark then scored on the next play after freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) drove a single to right field.

Both Clark and Simpson played a role in the UW's next scoring effort in the second inning, as Simpson doubled home sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and then came home on a RBI single by Clark.

The Huskies added its final three runs of the game in the third to take an 8-0 lead. Husky pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) no-hit the Gamecocks for four and one-third innings, before surrendering her first hit of the day with one out on a bloop infield single by South Carolina's Kim Evans. Evans would eventually score in the inning to ruin Bollinger's chance for a shutout. The sophomore right-hander finished the game by allowing five hits, while striking out seven for her fifth win of the season.

The second game of the day proved to be a pitchers' dual early as Florida Atlantic All-American Nicole Myers struck out the first seven Husky batters. UW pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) did her part in keeping the Owls off the scoreboard, allowing just two base runners through the first four innings.

Washington finally broke through in the fifth inning as Rivera blasted a home run off the scoreboard in center field for the team's first hit and run of the game. The Huskies' 1-0 lead lasted only a short time as a single by FAU third baseman Jennifer Piazza turned into a run, as the ball got behind UW rightfielder Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.) and rolled to the fence to tie the score at 1-1.

The UW bounced back in its next at-bat in the top of the sixth when Simpson and Oleson singled and then both scored on a RBI double down the left field line by Clark. Boek (2-0) retired the side in the bottom of the sixth and allowed a walk in the seventh before logging her fifth strikeout of the day to end the game.

The Huskies continue their 10-day road trip with seven more games in Gainesville, Fla., February 14-17. The UW faces Florida in a non-conference doubleheader February 14, followed by the four-team University Centre Invitational at the University of Florida.

Sunday, February 10, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. No. 22 South Carolina
Seminole Softball Complex (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Score By Innings R H E
SC 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 3
UW 3 2 3 0 0 0 X 8 8 1
E - Curtis, Fittro, S. Johnson, Fiske LOB: UW 8, SC 6
2B - Simpson, Clark SB - Clark, Roach Simpson, Tawney
PB - R. Johnson HBP - Roach by Johnson
WP - Tia Bollinger (5-0) LP - Stacey Johnson (0-2)

#9 Washington vs. Florida Atlantic
Seminole Softball Complex (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 5 1
FAU 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
E - Tawney, Matthews LOB: UW 2, FAU 4
2B -Clark HR - Rivera SB - Clark
WP - Ashley Boek (2-0) LP - Nicole Myers (5-1)

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