No. 6 Softball Tops Oklahoma State, 5-4

Feb. 7, 2003

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The No. 6 Washington softball team (2-0) overcame a four-run deficit to defeat Oklahoma State (0-1), 5-4, in eight innings Friday. It was the second straight extra-inning contest for UW at the Paradise Chevron Classic.

The Cowgirls jumped on board in the first inning with a solo home run by Callie Behmer. Oklahoma State added to its lead in the second inning as Lauren Bay launched a two-run home run over the centerfield fence to put the Cowgirls up, 3-0. OSU scored again in the fourth inning. With bases loaded, Steph Nicholson hit a sacrifice fly to the centerfield warning track to give Oklahoma State the 4-0 advantage.

The Huskies' offense stirred in the bottom of the fourth, manufacturing two runs on one hit and an error. Junior Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) led off the inning with Washington's first hit of the game. A fielder's choice and two walks loaded the bases with two outs. On a two-strike count, freshman Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) stabbed at a pitch in the dirt for the would-be strikeout. The ball, however, got by the catcher, allowing Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) to score and Hyatt to reach first base. Things worsened for the Cowgirls when the catcher made an errant throw to the plate, which resulted in Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) also scoring on the play to bring Washington within two runs at 4-2.

The Huskies pulled even in the sixth inning on a two-out single by Hyatt up the middle, which scored Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and pinch runner Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.).

Washington got OSU out in order in the top of the seventh inning but stranded a runner of its own on third base in the bottom of the seventh. The game headed into extra-innings using the international tie breaker rule which starts each inning with a runner already on second base.

Oklahoma State squandered its free runner at second when an aggressive leadoff led to a pick off by Rivera. The Cowgirls threatened with a two-out double but Husky hurler Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) forced a ground out to end the inning.

Roach occupied second base for UW to start the eighth inning and moved to third on a deep fly ball by Clark. OUS intentionally walked Rivera to face Fiske who delivered the game-winning hit that scored Roach.

Boek (1-0) earned the win for Washington, striking out 10 to equal her career high.

OSU's Bay (0-1) took the tough loss as she gave up five hits and three walks, while striking out 13 batters.

The Huskies continue tournament play Saturday against Louisville at 4 pm. (HT) and host Hawaii at 8 p.m.

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