No. 4 Softball Thumps Hofstra, 9-1

March 6, 2003

PLANT CITY, Fla. - The No. 4-ranked Washington softball team (19-0-1) trounced Hofstra, 9-1, in six innings this evening at the Speedline Invitational.

Washington waited no time, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning on a hit, an error and an intentional walk. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) reached base on a fielder's choice and immediately stole second base. Hofstra then intentionally walked Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) to face sophomore Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) with two outs. Fiske blasted the first pitch over the centerfield fence to put the Huskies on top, 3-0.

UW scored three more runs in the second inning on two hits and an error. Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) led off the inning with a bunt single and stole second and third base. With two outs, Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) hit the ball through the pitcher's legs to score Minor. Clark followed with a two-run shot over the left field fence to give Washington the 6-0 lead.

Sophomore ace Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) kept Hofstra guessing and didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning. After a leadoff single in the fifth by Jessica Luna, the Huskies record two quick outs on a fielder's choice and a strikeout. Ashley Trymbiski then singled to second base to score Tara Ulrich and put Hofstra on the board.

Washington responded in the fifth inning with two runs on three hits and a walk. Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) got the rally started, drawing a one out walk. Callie Bergan (Sammamish, Wash.) followed with a single into centerfield and both runners scored on a Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) single up the middle.

The Huskies put the game away in the sixth frame with another run to force the eight-run mercy rule. Rivera reached second base on an error by the left fielder and a Fiske single into centerfield score Rivera for the game-ender.

Boek (8-0) notched the victory behind a 10-strikeout performance to tie her career-high. She scattered three hits over six innings and walked just one. Sara DeAngelis (2-3) took the loss, giving up three hits and six runs in two innings of work.

Washington resumes play in the Speedline Invitational on Friday with a 2 p.m. (EST) game against Northwestern and a 6 p.m. game versus Ball State.

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