Softball Opens Florida Tournament With A Pair of Wins

Feb. 15, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Washington softball outscored its opponents 12-1 in two games, defeating both Tennessee-Chattanooga (6-1) and Hofstra (6-0) Friday at Florida Softball Field. With the victories, the Huskies moved to 13-1 overall and 2-0 at the University Centre Invitational.

In the first game of day, the game remained scoreless for six innings, as Chattanooga struck first when shortstop Jill Crawford knocked a solo home run to straight-away center field with two outs off UW reliever Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.). The Huskies, who earlier had diffused three separate Lady Mocs' rallies with double plays, finally woke up offensively in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs on three hits.

UW sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) started the inning with a double to centerfield and then scored on another Husky extra-base hit - a RBI triple by junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). After freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) was intentionally walked, sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) grounded out to shortstop for the first out of the inning. Another intentional walk to pinch hitter Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) then loaded the bases before pinch hitter sophomore Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) bounced a chopper to shortstop to score both Clark and pinch runner sophomore Nikki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.), who came around on a throwing error by Crawford.

Two more Washington runs on a pair of back-to-back wild pitches by reliever Connie Ness, gave the Huskies a comfortable 6-1 lead going into the top of the seventh. Scott, who earned the win to move to 4-0 in 2002, then retired UT-Chattanooga in order to finish the game.

Against the Hofstra Pride, UW freshman Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) and sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) combined to pitch the team's fifth shutout of the season, allowing just three hits and two walks, while striking out six.

With a slight 1-0 lead, the Huskies began the fifth inning with back-to-back singles by sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and Simpson, whose 12-game hit streak had come to an end earlier in the day versus Chattanooga. After sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) grounded out to shortstop for the first out, Pride pitcher Sara DeAngelis attempted to intentionally walk Husky All-American Clark to load the bases. Clark, however, took DeAngelis' third offering over the right field fence, for her third home run of the year and a 4-0 UW advantage.

The Huskies added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to move out to a 6-0 lead on a two-run single by Clark, who finished the game with a career-high five RBI.

The University Centre Invitational continues with day two action Saturday as the Huskies face host Florida for the third time this week at 1:30 p.m. Depending on the outcome of the game with the Gatos, the UW will then play at either 4 p.m. (No.1 seed vs. No. 4 seed) or 6 p.m. (No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed) later Saturday evening.

Friday, February 15, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. UT-Chattanooga
Florida Softball Complex (Gainesville, Fla.)

Score By Innings R H E
UTC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1
UW 0 0 0 0 0 6 X 6 6 0
E - Crawford LOB: UW 5, UTC 3 DP - UW 3
2B - Oleson 3B - Clark HR - Crawford
SB - Holt, Roach CS - Oleson
Wild. P - Ness 2 HBP - Herbert
WP - Leslie Scott (4-0) LP - Beth Alexander (1-1)

Friday, February 15, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. Hofstra
Florida Softball Complex (Gainesville, Fla.)

Score By Innings R H E
HU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
UW 1 0 0 0 3 2 X 6 11 1
E - Oleson LOB: UW 7, HU 4
2B - Rivera HR - Clark
SB - Simpson, Nicholson
SH - Brousseau, Fiske
WP - DeAngelis
WP - Ashley Boek (4-0) LP - Sara DeAngelis (0-1)

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