No. 5 Softball Defeats No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, 5-4
March 14, 2003
FULLERTON, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Washington softball team (26-2-1) defeated No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 5-4 Friday night to complete the 3-0 sweep of its pool opponents and earn a No. 1 seed in the championship bracket of the Kia Klassic.
The Huskies took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) scored on a passed ball. Oleson led off the frame with a bloop single over third base. She moved to third on a walk and a stolen base after CSF's pitcher Jody Cox tossed the ball in the dirt.
UW scored another run in the second inning on an Oleson fielder's choice that scored Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.). Tyson reached base on an error by Fullerton's second baseman and moved to third on back-to-back walks to Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) and Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.). Oleson then slapped the ball to the short stop who had no time to make the throw to first after looking to go home with the throw initially.
Washington added a pair of runs in the third frame after leading off the inning with three straight hits. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) kicked off the rally with a single through the left side. Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) followed suit with a single to left field and a single up the middle by Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) scored Clark. Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) then walked and Rivera scored on a ground out by Hyatt to the right side of the infield.
The Huskies scored an insurance run in the fourth inning to go up 5-0. Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) reached base on a fielder's choice and moved into scoring position when Clark walked. Fiske then singled through the left side and Roach scored when the throw home got by the catcher.
Fullerton battled back in the bottom of the seventh inning, loading the bases with one out on a walk sandwiched between two singles. After a CSF strikeout, Krista O'Hanian hit a grand slam over the left field fence on a 0-2 count to cut the lead to one at 5-4. UW ace Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) closed the door on any Titan comeback with a weak come-backer to the mound.
Bollinger picked up her 13th win of the season (13-1) as she scattered five hits and struck out eight.
Washington returns to tournament action Saturday with an 11 a.m. game versus Notre Dame.