No. 5 Softball Defeats No. 16 South Carolina, 2-1

Feb. 22, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The No. 5 Washington softball team (10-0-1) defeated No. 16 South Carolina, 2-1, this afternoon to complete its first game at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The game, which had started Friday at noon but was rained out, finally ended 27 hours later to mark UW's 10th win and best start in the program's 11-year history.

UW took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI double by Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.). With two outs, the Gamecocks walked Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) to put runners on first and second base. Fiske then drove a double into the right-center gap to score Clark and give UW the one run edge.

The Huskies scored the game-winning run in the third frame on three hits. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a single up the middle and was moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.). Rivera followed with a single to the short stop and Fiske notched her second RBI of the game with a single to centerfield, which scored Oleson.

South Carolina battled back in the top of the fourth as Debralee Troesh hit a solo home run to pull the Gamecocks to within one. UW ace Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) sat the next three batters down in order, however, to get the Huskies out of the inning.

The game was suspended after the top of the sixth inning due to heavy rain that flooded the field and Washington and South Carolina resumed play Saturday afternoon. Bollinger kept the Gamecocks in check in the seventh, not allowing a runner to advance beyond second base. She finished the game with four strikeouts, while scattering four hits.

The Huskies will take the field again this evening to face No. 15 Michigan at 7 p.m. (EST) and will complete pool play with an 11 a.m. match-up with Temple on Sunday. All bracket play has been cancelled.

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