Softball Drops Pair Of Games At The NFCA Leadoff Classic

Feb. 22, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The sixth-ranked Washington softball team lost a pair of games by a total of three runs, falling to Penn State (4-3) and No. 13 Fresno State (2-0) Saturday in day one action of the NFCA Leadoff Classic at the South Commons Softball Complex. With the pair of losses, the Huskies are on a three-game losing skid, falling to 14-5 overall and 0-2 in pool play.

In the first game, Penn State caught the Huskies off-guard, capitalizing on two UW defensive errors to jump out to a surprising 3-0 lead after the first inning. The Huskies had a chance to get some runs back in the third, loading the bases with one out. Nittany Lion pitcher Marisa Hanson, however, got sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) to line out to shortstop and junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) to ground out to third base to end the threat.

The UW finally rallied in the top of the fifth as freshman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) came home with the team's first run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice off the bat of Clark. Clark and senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) then scored as the next batter, freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.), smashed a double into the left-center gap to tie the score at 3-3.

The tie score didn't last for long, as the Nittany Lions notched what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Penn State third baseman Jennifer Tripken led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single up the middle by first baseman Erin Norton.

Nittany Lion reliever Missy Beseres (2-1) retired the Husky side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to secure the 4-3 upset. Husky sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) took the loss to drop to 5-3 overall in 2002.

The second game proved to be more of a pitchers' dual as UW freshman Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) and Fresno State red-shirt freshman Jamie Southern kept either team from scoring through the first five innings.

Washington's best scoring chance of the game came in the second inning when sophomore Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) drew a one-out walk and later advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.). The next batter, sophomore Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.), then lifted a single into shallow left field, which Wicks tried to score on but was thrown out at the plate by Bulldog outfielder Julie Selbicky.

Fresno, meanwhile, had runners reach base in each of the first five innings. The Bulldogs finally broke through by scoring the only two runs of the game in the sixth, when second baseman Pam Perez scored from second on a single by catcher Pam West and shortstop Leticia Pacheco came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tiffany Whipple.

Southern limited the Huskies to just three hits, while striking out 13 as the UW was shutout for the first time in 2002. Boek, who finished the game with seven strikeouts, dropped her first game of the season to fall to 5-1 overall.

The Huskies continue action at the three-day NFCA Leadoff Classic with their third and final pool play game Saturday at 10 a.m. versus Boston University. The UW will then await its draw in bracket play with its next game slated for 5 or 7:30 p.m. later Saturday evening.

Friday, February 22, 2002 -
#6 Washington vs. Penn State
South Commons Softball Complex (Columbus, Ga.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 8 2
PSU 3 0 0 0 1 0 X 4 7 0

E - Oleson LOB: UW 5, Penn State 7 WP - Hanson 2 HBP - Galigher, Suplock

2B - Rivera, Tripken SB - Wicks, Bianchini, Dabrowski CS - Clark SH - Dabrowski
WP - Missy Beseres (2-1) LP - Tia Bollinger (5-3)

#6 Washington vs. #13 Fresno State

Score By Innings R H E
FSU 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 9 0
UW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4

E - Oleson, Owen, Fiske, Boek LOB: UW 6, FSU 11
SB - Simpson SH - Czarnecki, Owen SF - Whipple
HBP - Pacheco
WP - Jamie Southern (7-0) LP - Ashley Boek (5-1)

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