No. 3 Softball Downs Sac State, 4-3

March 21, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The third-ranked Washington softball team (27-2-1) defeated Sacramento State 4-3 on Friday to open the Capital Classic.

The Huskies started the game with back-to-back singles by Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.). UW attempted a double steal but Oleson was picked at third. With Roach on second base, Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) drove a hit into left field to bring her home and put Washington on top, 1-0.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Hornets evened the score in the second inning at 1-1. Erin Coyne led off the frame with a single down the right field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and ground out. With two outs, Sac State's Lesley Mayhorn layed down a bunt and UW's throw to first base was wide, letting pinch runner Kristi Yoshizaura score.

The Hornets went ahead in the third inning on a two-out, full-count home run by Amy Walter over the left field fence.

UW's Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) knotted the score again, blasting a solo home run to right centerfield to make the score 2-2.

Sacramento State threatened in the fourth inning as Coyne and Lindy Winkler led off the frame with sequential singles. The Huskies then brought in ace Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) to relieve starter Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif) who shut the rally down. Bollinger caught the next batter looking at strikes and catcher Amy Hanson followed with a pick-off at second base. Bollinger got the Dawgs out of the inning by striking out Mayhorn.

Washington regained the lead in the fifth inning, this time for good, with a two-run home run by Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Clark took the 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for her seventh homer of the season. The blast also scored Roach who had reached base on an error.

The Hornets cut the lead to one in the sixth, taking advantage of two hits and a Husky error. Walter led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and single. With two outs, the Huskies committed a fielding error, allowing Walker to score. Washington got out of the inning with a ground out to first base.

Bollinger (14-1) picked up her 14th win of the season as she scattered three hits over four innings, while striking out three.

The Huskies continue tournament action with a 3 p.m. game versus Illinois.

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