No. 6 Softball Ties With Minnesota, 5-5

Feb. 17, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The sixth ranked Washington softball team (9-0-1) battled to a 5-5 tie with Minnesota to close out the Arizona Pepsi Classic on Sunday. The teams played through nine frames but called the game to make their scheduled flights home.

Minnesota scored first with a solo home run by Anne Thul to leadoff the fourth inning.

The Huskies pulled even in the sixth frame on a hit and walk. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) got the rally started, reaching base on a walk and stealing second to put herself in scoring position. With two outs and a 0-2 count, Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) laced a double into right field to score Clark and tie the game at one.

Both teams went down in order in the seventh to force the game into extra-innings.

Washington led off the eighth with Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) on second base per international tiebreaker rules. The Huskies belted five hits for four runs to take the 5-1 lead. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to centerfield. Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) then drove in the go-ahead run with a single to centerfield that scored Owen. Clark followed with a bloop single to left to score Oleson. Fiske capped off the rally with a two-run single to centerfield.

The Gophers answered in the bottom half of the frame with three hits and four runs to knot the score at five. Minnesota led off the inning with three consecutive hits, including a single, double and three-run home run by Jordanne Nygren.

Neither team was able to advance its runner on second base in the ninth and the game was ruled a tie. It was the first tie game in head coach Teresa Wilson's coaching career (698-343-1).

Washington returns to action on Thursday, February 21, when it plays No. 4 Michigan and No. 20 South Carolina at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.

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