Jaime Clark's Two Home Runs Lift No. 6 Washington Past Boston, 8-0
Feb. 23, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ga. - For the fourth time in her career, Washington junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) hit two home runs in one game, slamming a two-run shot in the first and a grand slam in the sixth, as the Huskies ended a three-game losing skid with a 8-0 (5) win Saturday over Boston University. With the victory, the UW improved to 15-5 overall and 1-2 in pool play, while the Terriers fell to 2-6 in 2002 and 1-2 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
Clark hit her first home run in the bottom of the first inning, as the Huskies starting shortstop blasted a 1-2 change-up over the left field fence to also score sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who had reached base on a walk.
Husky starting pitcher, freshman Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.), meanwhile, retired the side in order in five of the six innings. Boston's first and only hit of the game came when Jamie Haas threaded a single through the right side to lead-off the fourth inning. Haas, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, was later tagged out at the plate trying to score on a Husky defensive error in right field.
The UW added two more runs in the fifth, as both Oleson and Clark came home on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Haas, to give the Huskies a 4-0 lead.
An inning later, both pinch hitter Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.) and senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) reached base on a pair of singles, while Terrier pitcher Julie Henneke walked pinch hitter Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) to load the bases with Clark coming to bat.After two pitches, Clark hit the third to deep left field for her second career grand slam, ending the game with an 8-0 Husky win. With her two long balls, Clark is now just two away from breaking the UW career record for home runs, set by former Husky All-American Jennifer Cline, who hit 43 in her four-year career from 1993-1996.
Scott, who allowed just two Boston base runners, finished the game by tying a career-high for strikeouts with seven, while walking none. The freshman right-hander moved to 5-1 overall with her first career complete game, while Henneke fell to 0-1 in 2002.
Washington now awaits its placement in bracket play as the NFCA Leadoff Classic continues later Saturday evening. The Huskies will either play at 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by at least one game Sunday.
Saturday, February 23, 2002 -
#6 Washington vs. Boston
South Commons Softball Complex (Columbus, Ga.)
Score By Innings R H
BU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
UW 2 0 0 0 2 4 8 6 1
E - Haas 3, Jeffries LOB: UW 6, Boston 1
HR - Clark 2 SB - Oleson, Clark SH - Henneke WP - Henneke 3
WP - Leslie Scott (5-1) LP - Julie Henneke (0-1)