No. 6 Softball Rebounds With A 6-2 Win Over Oregon

May 4, 2002

EUGENE, Ore - The sixth-ranked Washington softball team scored five runs in the fifth inning to erase an early one-run deficit, going on to defeat Oregon, 6-2, Saturday at Howe Field. With the win, the Huskies broke a two-game losing skid to claim its 40th victory of the season, moving to 40-16 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks fell to 23-27 and 1-16 in conference play.

The Huskies found themselves behind earlier, when Oregon designated player Mari Lyn Petrick belted a two-out solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first.

Washington had a pair of runners reach third base in each of the first two innings, but could not score any runs until the five-run outburst in the fifth. After freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) popped out to shortstop and sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) ground out to shortstop, sophomore Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) sparked the two-out rally with a single under the glove of Duck third baseman Ashley Richards.

Owen came home on the next play, as freshman Stephanie Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) tripled to right-center field to even the game at 1-1. Nicholson scored the go ahead run when senior Becky Simpson doubled. UW sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) kept the rally going with a single to centerfield scoring Simpson, before junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) capped the inning with a two-run home run, her 16th of the season, to give the Huskies the 5-1 advantage.

The Ducks tried to answer back in their half of the fifth inning. Centerfielder Amber Hutchison led-off with a bunt single, before moving to second on a passed ball. After Alyssa Laux flied out to left field for the first out, Oregon's Lynsey Haij hit a soft ground ball to Fiske at third base.

Fiske, however, misplayed the ball, kicking it to UW pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.), who then threw it to Clark at third base to tag out Hutchison, who was trying to advance on the play. A walk and another single by Oregon kept the inning alive with the bases loaded and two outs, until Boek was relieved by sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), who struck out Andrea Vidlund to end the threat.

Over the next two innings, the schools traded home runs, as UW sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) hit her second of the season to lead-off the sixth, before Duck catcher Jenn Poore knocked a solo shot in the sixth to move the score to 6-2.

Bollinger, who gave up her first home run of the season, closed out the game with a perfect seventh inning, striking out Petrick and Richards for the final two outs.

Boek recovered from a shaky first and second innings to earn the win and move to 17-2 overall, while Bollinger recorded her fifth save of the season to give the UW pitching staff a school record nine saves in 2002. Oregon starting pitcher Lindsey Kontra took the loss to fall to 6-12 overall.

The UW plays its final Pac-10 road game of the season Sunday, when Oregon and Washington face for the last time in 2002 at 1 p.m., at Howe Field.

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