No. 4 Softball Beats Temple, 8-0
March 8, 2003
PLANT CITY, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (22-1-1) mercy-ruled Temple, 8-0, Saturday night in the first round of the Speedline Invitational championship bracket.
The Huskies put the pressure on the Owls early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a double to left field by Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.). Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) followed with a bases-clearing triple to right field, which scored Roach and Minor. Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) kept the rally going with a RBI double to right center field. Two ground outs latter, Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) ripped a double into the left field corner, scoring Rivera from second base. Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) capped off the inning with a single through the right side, which scored Tyson and put Washington on top, 5-0.
UW pushed its leads to six in the third inning on a solo home run by Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) over the right center field fence. It marked the fifth home run for Fiske this season.
Washington closed the door on Temple in the fourth inning with two more runs to go up 8-0. Minor got the rally started, reaching base on a dropped third strike. Clark followed with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Minor drew the throw to third base. The Owls then threw a wild pitch, which scored Minor and moved Clark to third. Fiske followed with a double to right center to score Clark.
UW's ace Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) put the game away in the top of the fifth inning, sitting Temple down in order and invoking the eight-run mercy rule. She earned her 10th victory of the season behind a one-hit, three strikeout performance.
With the win, Washington advances to the second round of the Speedline Invitational championship bracket. The Huskies will face Michigan State at 7 p.m. (EST), who won pool 'A' with a 5-0 record.