No. 6 Softball Blanks Wisconsin, 2-0

Feb. 23, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The sixth-ranked Washington softball team scored the only two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Wisconsin 2-0 Saturday in the first game of bracket play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. With the win, the Huskies won their second game of the day to move to 16-5 overall, while the Badgers fell to 5-4 in 2002.

Through the first five innings, both teams' pitchers dominated, as UW's Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) and Wisconsin's Andrea Kirchberg, kept the other team off the basepaths for most of the game.

Boek (6-1) allowed just a lead-off walk in the second, retiring the Badgers in order in four of the first five innings, while also holding onto a no-hitter. Wisconsin finally broke up Boek's no-hit bid in the top of the sixth inning when outfielder Erin Barnharst bounced a short chopper in front of the plate that Husky third baseman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) was unable to field in time.

Kirchberg, meanwhile, limited the Huskies to just a pair of singles and two walks through five innings, striking out five UW batters in the

The Huskies finally broke through in the sixth inning when sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) tapped a lead-off single into right-center field. After Oleson tagged up on a long foul-out by junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) to move to second base, she then stole third as the Huskies got runners at the corners when freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) was hit by a pitch.

The UW scored what proved to be the game-winner as Kirchberg's first pitch to UW rightfielder Shawna Norris (Littleton, Calif.) got away from catcher Laura Gillette, as Oleson raced home ahead of the throw. Norris then converted on the RBI opportunity by driving in pinch runner Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) with a single up the middle to give Washington a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the seventh.

Wisconsin attempted a comeback in its final at-bat as Gillette walked with one out and then moved to second on a ground out to second base. The next Badger batter, Sheena Padovan, sent a single up the middle as Gillette tried to score from second base. Gillette, however, was thrown out at the plate by Husky centerfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) to end the game in Washington's favor, 2-0.

Washington will face Pac-10 Conference foe Oregon State in its next game of bracket play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunday. With a win versus the Beavers, the Huskies would then face the winner of the Michigan-Arizona State game at 12 p.m., for the championship of the silver bracket.

Saturday, February 23, 2002 -
#6 Washington vs. Wisconsin
South Commons Softball Complex (Columbus, Ga.)

Score By Innings R H E
WISC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
UW 0 0 0 0 0 2 X 2 4 0

E - Barnharst LOB: UW 5, Wisconsin 2
HSB - Oleson, Wicks CS - Barnharst
WP - Ashley Boek (6-1) LP - Andrea Kirchberg (4-4)

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