No. 12 Softball Tops No. 19 Pacific In Doubleheader Sweep

March 26, 2002

STOCKTON, Calif. -

Washington junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) hit a grand slam and three-run home run, recording nine RBI on the day as the Huskies swept of pair of games at No. 19 Pacific, 9-5 and 9-7, Tuesday at Bill Simoni Field. With the wins, the UW moved to 29-8 overall, while the Tigers fell to 21-12 after the non-conference doubleheader.

The Huskies started the day with a pair of runs in the first inning of game one, capitalizing on a Tiger fielding error with back-to-back RBI singles from Clark and catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.).

UOP closed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the third, converting a lead-off double by Michelle Anunciation and an RBI single from Barbara Moody into its first run of the game.

In the fourth, Tiger starting pitcher Cindy Ball (12-8) walked three Husky batters before Clark crushed her third career grand slam to right field. Rivera then followed Clark with her first of two home runs on the day, making the score 7-1.

The Tigers would score three unearned runs in the fourth and one in the fifth, but the Washington lead proved too much, as reliever Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) retired 10 of the 12 batters she faced to preserve the 9-5 win. Scott, who replaced starter Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) in the fourth, moved to 6-3 overall in 2002 with her first win in the circle since February 23, versus Boston.

In the second game, Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) both reached base on singles in the first inning, before Clark gave the UW the 3-0 lead with her second home run of the day off the foul pole in right field.

After adding another run in the third on a RBI double from Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.), the Huskies jumped out to a 6-0 advantage in the fourth. Simpson, who reached base in each of her five plate appearances, scored on a sacrifice fly by Clark, before Rivera went deep for her fourth home run of the week - a solo shot to left field.

The Pacific offense woke up quickly in the bottom of the fourth, as the Tigers chased both Husky starter Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) and reliever Scott out of the game with four home runs in the inning to get to within one at 6-5.

Washington got two of the runs back in the fifth as both Oleson and freshman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) came through with two-out RBI singles to center field, increasing the lead to 8-5. The tandem would pair up again later in the game, as Nicholson scored the team's final run of the game on Oleson's double to right-center field to carry a 9-5 advantage into the bottom of the seventh.

The Tigers made it interesting in their last at-bat, pushing across a pair of runs both on bases-loaded walks before Bollinger (12-4), who came into record the final two outs in the fifth, struck out UOP's Nicole Inouye for the final out and a 9-7 Husky win.

Washington returns to Seattle to play host to top-ranked UCLA Friday and Saturday in both teams' Pac-10 season-openers. Each game begins at 2 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium.

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