Clark, Tyson Blast Softball Past Oregon State, 3-1

April 12, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ashley Boek and Tia Bollinger teamed up to allow just three hits, and Jaime Clark and Dena Tyson each homered to lead third-ranked Washington (36-5-1, 5-3) to a 3-1 Pac-10 win over Oregon State (25-20, 1-8) at OSU Softball Complex. The Huskies and Beavers will wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sophomore Boek (16-1) earned the win, throwing 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball and allowing just one unearned run. Bollinger earned the last two outs of the game to earn the save, extending her Pac-10 career saves record to 12. The Beavers' Monica Hoffman took the loss, falling to 17-12 this season.

The Beavers got to Boek early, with leadoff hitter Clare Burnum hitting Boek's fifth offering into right-center field for a double. Leftfielder Adrienne Alo sacrificed Burnum to third, and Brynnen Guthrie walked to put runners on the corners with one out. Boek induced groundouts from each of the next two batters, however, to escape the jam unscathed.

Hoffman, meanwhile, cruised through the first three innings, allowing no hits and only one walk, to UW sophomore Kristen Rivera in the second. Boek, however, was equally in control, retiring eight of nine batters after the first-inning walk to Guthrie.

Clark finally brought the Husky offense to life in the fourth with a shot to deep right field that bounced in and out of the glove of of rightfielder Steph Adams as she crashed into the wall, the ball falling over the fence for a home run. The long ball was the 67th of Clark's UW career, and marked her 226th career run batted in, bringing the senior to within one of Jennifer Cline's UW career RBI record.

Rivera followed up Clark's homer with a single and, two batters later, Tyson crushed a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield fence for her second home run in as many games, staking the Huskies to a 3-0 lead.

Boek worked out of another tight spot in the fifth. After No. 9 hitter Cara Maxey walked with two outs, Burnum ripped another double to right. A quick throw by rightfielder Aimee Minor held Maxey at third, and Boek retired Alo to end the inning.

The Huskies put runners on in he sixth against OSU reliever Dena DuBois, but could not pad their lead further. Boek retired the side in the sixth and DuBois matched her in the seventh, setting up a tense final frame.

Vanessa Iapala led off the seventh for the Beavers with a grounder that Boek misplayed, and Sarah Tomassini was brought in to pinch-run. Adams moved Tomassini to second with a groundout, and designated player Lisa Allen singled to right, moving Tomassini to third.

Bollinger, who earned the win in Friday's 9-0, five-inning win over No. 21 Oregon, relieved Boek with one out in the seventh. A groundout by pinch-hitter Erin Bequette scored Tomassini, bringing leadoff hitter Burnum, 2-for-2 previously, to the plate with a runner in scoring position.

The senior Bollinger worked the count to 2-2 before retiring Burnum on a sharp grounder back to the mound, sealing the Huskies' fifth Pac-10 win.

Washington plays OSU again Sunday at 1 p.m., before returning home to prepare for a pair of games at second-ranked UCLA next weekend.

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