No. 4 Softball Punishes Purdue, 11-0

March 2, 2003

FULLERTON, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (17-0-1) blasted five home runs en route to an 11-0 win over Purdue, Sunday, to complete the sweep of all five of its Worth Invitational opponents. The five home runs ties a school record previously set in 2000 against Utah.

The Huskies opened the first inning with back-to-back home runs by Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.).

UW pushed its lead to five in the third frame with three runs on three hits. With two outs, Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) single into centerfield and was replaced by pinch runner Callie Bergan (Sammamish, Wash.). Clark then singled to right centerfield to put runners on first and third. Rivera followed with her second home run of the game to put Washington up, 5-0.

The Huskies closed the door on the Boilermakers with a six-run fourth inning, eventually invoking the mercy-rule. Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) led off the rally, reaching base on an error. Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) followed with a double off the centerfield fence to score Minor. With one out, Roach reached base on a fielder's choice and Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) drove a single up the middle to score Minor. Clark then crushed her second home run of the game to bring in three runs. Rivera followed with a solo shot over the left field fence to complete the back-to-back, back-to-back Clark-Rivera home run display. Her three home run performance sets a school record.

Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) notched the win as she held Purdue to three hits, while striking out six. It marked the second shutout for Bollinger this season, who improves to 9-0.

Washington returns to action next week at the Speedline Invitational in Plant City , Fla. The Huskies open play against No. 18 Massachusetts on March 6.

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