No. 6 Softball Defeats Santa Clara, 3-2

Feb. 7, 2003

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Sophomore Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) delivered the game-winning single in the top of the eighth inning to give Washington softball the 3-2 edge over Santa Clara. Junior ace Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) then worked her way out of a bases load jam with two strikeouts to seal the victory in game one of the Chevron Paradise Classic.

Santa Clara opened the bottom of the first with a home run by Jessica Clee over the right field fence.

The Huskies responded in the top of the second with a two-run homerun by freshman Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.). The hit came in her first career at-bat to put the Huskies up, 2-1.

The Broncos knotted the score 2-2 in the bottom half of the inning as Shannon Linerud scored on a triple to the right field corner by Jaime Forman-Lau.

The game shifted into a pitchers' dual between Bollinger and Forman-Lau as neither team could move a runner past second through the seventh.

Using international tiebreaker rules, Washington led off the eighth inning with Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) on second base. A Husky ground out moved her to third and a Rivera single scored Oleson to give Washington the 3-2 lead.

Santa Clara challenged that lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Broncos advanced a runner to third on a sacrifice bunt and loaded the bases with two consecutive walks. Bollinger worked her way out of trouble, striking out the next two batters to seal the Washington victory.

Bollinger finished the game with six hits and five strikeouts, while walking three. Forman-Lau took the loss on four hits, four stikeouts and two walks.

The Huskies play again toady at 4 p.m. (HT) when they take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

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