Kristen Rivera Powers No. 10 Softball Past No. 3 Stanford, 3-0
April 15, 2002
SEATTLE - Washington freshman Kristen Rivera's (Perris, Calif.) three-run home run in the first inning proved to be the game-winner, as the 10th-ranked Huskies defeated the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal, 3-0, Monday at Husky Softball Stadium. With the win, the UW won its second straight over the Cardinal, improving to 34-13 overall and 3-5 in conference play, while Stanford dropped its third straight to move to 33-8 and 4-5 in the Pac-10.
The game's only runs were scored in the bottom of the first inning. UW senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) reached base on a hit by pitch and eventually moved to second on a one-out walk to junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Rivera then blasted her third home run of the series and her 13th of the season, to straight-away center field for the 3-0 Husky lead.
The Cardinal, who actually outhit the Huskies (4-3), had several good opportunities to score throughout the game. In the third inning, UW pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out, getting clean-up hitter Kira Ching to foul-out to first base and catcher Jessica Allister to ground out to end the inning.
After stranding another runner at third base in the fifth, Stanford had the bases-loaded again in the seventh, but UW relief pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) struck out Ching and then got Allister to hit into a fielder's choice force out at second base to secure the 3-0 victory.
Boek, who struck out nine Cardinal batters, moved to 13-2 overall with the win, while Stanford pitcher Tori Nyberg (19-4) took the loss. Bollinger also earned her second career save after keeping the Cardinal off the board in the seventh.
The Huskies continue their home stand with three more games this weekend versus Oregon (April 19 - 2 p.m.) and No. 14 Oregon State (April 20-21). Saturday's game with Beavers will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Net beginning at 1 p.m. PDT.
Monday, April 15, 2002 -
#10 Washington vs. #3 Stanford (Husky Softball Stadium)
Score By Innings R H E
STAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
UW 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 3 3
E - Rivera, Tawney, Nicholson LOB - UW 3, Stanford 11
2B - Mendoza HR - Rivera SB - Mendoza
WP - Ashley Boek (13-2) LP - Tori Nyberg (19-4)
SV - Tia Bollinger (2)
(Boek, Bollinger (7) and Rivera, Nyberg and Allister)