No. 8 Softball Downs No. 6 California, 6-3
April 27, 2002
BERKLELEY, Calif. - The No. 8 Washington softball team had 10 hits and took advantage of five California fielding errors to defeat the No. 6 Golden Bears, 6-3, Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at Levine-Fricke Field. With the win, the Huskies won their second straight game to move to 39-14 overall and 8-6 in conference play, while the Bears fell to 44-16 and 8-6 in the Pac-10.
The first inning proved to be a wild one, as the two teams combined for five runs on four hits. The Huskies had the bases loaded with one out after Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) doubled, junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) was intentionally walked and freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) reached base on a hit by pitch. Sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) then drove in the first run with a single to left-center field.
On the next play, California shortstop Chelsea Spencer misplayed Kathy Fiske's (Temecula, Calif.) sharper grounder up the middle as two UW base runners came into score, making it 3-0 Huskies.
The Golden Bears got two of the runs back on a home run to right field by third baseman Candace Harper, also scoring Kristen Morley, who had walked.
Both sides continued to have base runners in each of the next two innings, before the UW added another run to its lead when Rivera hit a two-out double down the left field line to drive in Simpson, who had reached base on a fielder's choice.
The Huskies continued to carry the hot bat, as sophomore Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) singled with two outs and came home one batter later when freshman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) belted the 2-1 pitch to right-center field for her fourth double of the season.
Cal threatened in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases on a lead-off bunt single and two consecutive walks with two outs. UW starting pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.), however, got out of a jam with the count loaded at 3-2 by getting Spencer to bounce an easy grounder back to her for the third out.
In the top of the sixth, the Huskies added a single run for the third straight inning on the strength of Rivera's team-leading 16th home run of the season. The four-bagger was the freshman's seventh against Pac-10 opponents and moved the score to 6-2.
California mounted a rally in its final at-bat, loading the bases on a single and a pair of walks to chase Boek out of the game in favor of sophomore pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.). Bollinger got the first out on a fly-out to centerfield, but one Golden Bear base runner did tag up to draw them to within three runs at 6-3.
Bollinger kept Cal off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, as Spencer lined-out to left field and Jessica Pamanian bounced a soft ground ball back to the pitcher's circle for the final out.
Boek earned the win to move to 16-2 overall, while Bollinger recorded her team-best fourth save of the season. California starter Jocelyn Forest took the loss to fall to 19-10, pitching just one-third of an inning before giving way to Cassie Bobrow.
Washington finishes up its four-game road trip with another meeting versus No. 6 California at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
Saturday, April 27, 2002 -
#8 Washington at #6 California (Levine Fricke Field, Berkeley, Calif.)
Score By Innings R H E
UW 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 10 0
Cal 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 5
E - Spencer 2, Harper 2, Bayless DP - Cal 1 LOB: UW 11, CAL 10
2B - Clark, Simpson, Nicholson, Rivera Eldredge HR - Harper, Rivera CS -Eldredge
HBP - Rivera SH - Morley SF - Scott
WP - Ashley Boek (16-2) LP - Jocelyn Forest (19-10)
(Boek, Bollinger (7) and Rivera; Forest, Bobrow (1), Anderson (5) and Scott)