No. 12 Softball Sweeps Pair Of Games Versus Portland State

April 2, 2002

SEATTLE - The 12th-ranked University of Washington softball team remained a perfect 23-0 all-time against Portland State with a pair of wins, 6-2 and 9-1 (5), Tuesday at Husky Softball Stadium. The UW, which has never lost a non-conference game at home (64-0), moved to 32-9 overall, while the Vikings fell to 9-18 in 2002.

Portland State began the day by surprising Washington with a pair of runs in the first inning. First baseman Nichole Ivie and shortstop Vanessa Applegate both tallied RBI hits to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead, before UW starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) could get the final two outs on a fielder's choice force out at the plate and a ground-out.

The Huskies chipped away at the deficit to tie the score at 2-2 with a single run in the first and third innings. Washington then took the lead for good in the fourth when freshman Stephanie Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) hit her second career home run just beyond the left field fence to also drive in sophomore Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.).

The UW would add two more to their lead in the fifth on a double from sophomore Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.), scoring both junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.).

After the shaky first inning, Bollinger kept Portland State off the scoreboard the rest of the game, striking out 10 batters, while getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to move to 14-5 overall in 2002.

In the second half of the twin bill, Husky sophomore Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) pitched a complete-game three hitter, tallying a career best 10 strikeouts in just five innings to move to 12-1 this season.

Offensively, Washington scored a run in the first and four in both the third and fifth innings. Rivera, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, and freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) both had a pair of RBI, while four other Huskies each tallied an RBI in the game.

Clark, meanwhile, extended her current hitting streak to 16 games - second longest in school history - with a hit in each of the team's two games. The junior also increased her streak of consecutive games on base to 51, dating back to May 2001.

Washington heads to Arizona this weekend for its first Pac-10 road games at No. 2 Arizona (April 5) and No. 6 Arizona State (April 6-7). All three games will be broadcast live locally by KKNW 1150-AM.

Tuesday, April 2, 2002 -

#12 Washington vs. Portland State (Husky Softball Stadium) - Game 1

Score By Innings R H E
PSU 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
UW 1 0 1 2 3 0 X 6 8 1

E - Clark LOB - UW 6, PSU 9
2B - Ivie, Roach, Wicks 3B - Simpson HR - Nicholson SB - Roach, Clark
WP - Tia Bollinger (14-5) LP - Morgan Seibert (6-9)

#12 Washington vs. Portland State (Husky Softball Stadium) - Game 2

Score By Innings R H E
PSU 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 4
UW 1 0 4 0 4 9 12 2

E - Martell, Hackkett, Ray 2, Fiske, Nicholson LOB - UW 9, PSU 3
2B - Rutledge, Ray, Fiske SB - Simpson, Roach, Owen SH - Roach, Nicholson
WP - Ashley Boek (12-1) LP - Megan Herscher (2-5)

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