No. 4 Softball Overpowers Pacific, 9-1
March 1, 2003
FULLERTON, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (16-0-1) used a six-run seventh inning to defeat Pacific, 9-1, in day two of the Worth Invitational. With the win, the Huskies extend their best start to 16 wins.
Washington scored two runs in the top of the first inning on three hits. Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a single up the middle by Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Sophomore Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) then laced a single into right field to score both runs and give UW the 2-0 lead.
The Tigers responded in the second inning with a leadoff home run by Brandy Thurman to cut the Husky lead to one but would get no closer.
Washington got some breathing room in the fifth inning when freshman Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) hit her second home run of the season with a solo shot over the centerfield fence.
UW blew the game wide open in the seventh frame, utilizing three hits and three walks to score six runs. Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) kicked off the inning with a four-pitch walk. Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) followed with a single and Tyson walked to load the bases. Two outs later, Clark worked a full count into a walk to score Tyson. Rivera then singled into right centerfield, scoring Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Owen who had reached base on fielder's choices. Clark also stole home on the play when the Tigers cut the throw home and looked Rivera back at second base. Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) capped off the scoring frenzy with a two-run home run to centerfield to give Washington the eventual 9-1 victory.
Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) picked up the win, her seventh of the season, as she scattered five hits over seven innings, while striking out nine.
The Huskies close out tournament play Sunday with a single game against Purdue at 10 a.m. Washington is the only remaining undefeated squad in the 10-team tournament.
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