No. 16 Oregon St. Scores Two Runs In The Seventh To Upset No. 6 Washington Softball, 2-1

May 3, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 16 Oregon State Beavers rallied from a one-run deficit with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to upset No. 6 Washington, 2-1, Friday at the OSU Softball Complex. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 39-16 overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 38-18 and 7-9 in conference play.

Neither team was able to get a hit or put the ball in play outside of the infield until OSU first baseman Jenni Jodoin singled to center field to lead-off the bottom of the third inning. UW second baseman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) quickly erased the threat as she tagged Jodoin before throwing to first to double-up Kelly Petersen on the next play.

The Huskies rebounded with their first hit in the top of the fourth, when sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) beat out an infield grounder to Petersen at shortstop. After Beaver pitcher Crystal Draper got Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) to pop out, UW freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) struck out as Roach was also caught stealing on the play to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, UW sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) became the first runner in the game to reach second base safely, doubling to right-center field. After freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) struck out for the first out, sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.

Draper, however, continued to throw the ball past the Husky batters, striking out both junior Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.) and Nicholson.

Washington was the first to break the stalemate in the bottom of the sixth, as Roach scored on a two-out single on a 0-2 count by Oleson to right field.

The Huskies clung to the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh. OSU third baseman Clare Burnum started the rally with a lead-off double over the head of Husky leftfielder Becky Simpson. Bollinger then walked pinch hitter Brynnen Guthrie, before designated player Shelly Prochaska came through with a single through the right side to score Burnum.

Bollinger intentionally walked the next batter, catcher Traci Feldt, to give the UW the force play at the plate. Bollinger struck out the Steph Adams on three pitches for the first out, but was not so lucky versus leftfielder Jessica King, who drove in the winning run with a line drive single to left-center field.

OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman earned the win after pitching just one inning, to move to 13-7 overall. Bollinger (17-9), meanwhile, pitched to the minimum batters through the first six innings, allowing just one hit, before giving up the pair of runs in the seventh.

The UW will look to rebound Saturday and Sunday in their final Pac-10 road games of the season versus the University of Oregon. Saturday's game is a 2 p.m., start, while the Sunday game will begin at 1 p.m. at Howe Field.

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