Sixth-ranked Softball Downs Hawaii, 3-2

Feb. 9, 2003

HONOLULU - The No. 6 Washington softball team (4-0) completed the sweep of its pool play opponents in the Chevron Paradise Classic with a 3-2 victory over tournament host Hawaii (2-2) on Saturday. With the win, the Huskies enter Sunday's bracket schedule as the No. 1 seed.

A two-RBI single by Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) gave Washington the early lead in the top of the third. Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) kicked off the rally with a two out bunt that hugged the third base line. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) then reached base after getting hit in the leg on a 0-2 pitch. Hawaii's Shannon Tabion followed with a wild pitch, moving Roach and Clark to second and third. Roach scored easily on Rivera's single to center field and Clark dove in headfirst just under the tag to give Washington the 2-0 advantage.

The Rainbow Wahine challenged in the bottom of the third, loading the bases on a fielder's choice, a single and a walk. Trisha Ramos worked a full count off of UW hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) before drilling an outside drop ball into the glove of a leaping Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) at third base to end the threat.

Hawaii tied the game at two in the fifth inning on two hits and a walk. With runners on first and second, Stacey Porter hit a ball into left field. Hannah Butler scored on the play, as did Tracie Uchima who was hit by the relay throw just steps from the plate. Washington made a pitching change, putting Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) in as the relief pitcher for the second time today.

UW got back on top in the top of the seventh inning on three hits and a Wahine error. Freshman Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) led off the inning with a single to left field and was replaced by pinch runner Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.). With one out, Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) punched a ball into left and Tawney scored the game-winner on an errant throw by the left fielder.

Boek finished off Hawaii in the bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts and a pop-up to short stop. She earned the win with no hits and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

Washington receives the No. 1 seed for tomorrow's bracket schedule and will face the winner of the Louisville/ Santa Clara game at 2 p.m. (HT). The winner will advance to the championship game at 4 p.m.

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