Huskies Make Wait Worthwhile, Defeat Beavers 7-0 in Rain-Postponed Game
April 14, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Washington's third-ranked softball team completed a three-game sweep of Oregon and Oregon State on Monday, defeating the Beavers, 7-0, in a game postponed by rain on Sunday.
The Huskies scored 19 runs in the Willamette Valley, with wins over No. 21 Oregon on Friday, and Oregon State Saturday and Monday.
Tia Bollinger earned the win for Washington (37-5-1, 6-3 Pac-10) to improve to 20-4, marking her second-career 20-win season. Amy Klever (6-6) suffered the loss for OSU (25-20, 1-8 Pac-10)
Junior Amanda Oleson led off the game with a sharp single to center, and stole second with Rita Roach at the plate. Roach then hit a grounder to Klever that the pitcher threw past first base, allowing Oleson to score and Roach to advance to third.
Washington managed to put runners on base in each of he next three innings, but could not capitalize until the fifth, when sophomore Kristen Rivera crushed a first-pitch fastball over the grass berm beyond the centerfield fence for her team-leading 17th home run, driving in Oleson.
Rivera was Washington's offensive catalyst in the team's three wins this weekend, going 4-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI, helping Washington outscore its three opponents by a 19-1 margin.
After Klever followed Rivera's home run with a four-pitch walk to Kathy Fiske - one of seven walks surrended by OSU pitchers - she was replaced by Dena DuBois. Husky freshman Dena Tyson walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch from DuBois to Sarah Hyatt. An error by DuBois on a grounder by Hyatt allowed Fiske to score and put the Huskies up, 4-0.
Bollinger, meanwhile, mixed fastballs and changeups to hold OSU to just three hits through the first five innings, working out of jams in the first, third, sixth and seventh innings when OSU put runners on third base. The senior was particularly effective for the Huskies this weekend, earning two wins and save with 12 2/3 shutout innings, striking out seven.
The Huskies gave Bollinger more breathing room in the sixth, loading the bases on consecutive walks to Oleson, Roach and senior shortstop Jaime Clark. A sacrifice fly by Rivera scored Oleson, and a deep double to left by Fiske plated Roach and Clark, providing the final 7-0 margin.
The Huskies will return home briefly before departing for a two-game series at second-ranked UCLA, Apr. 18-19, the last road games before a nine-game homestand beginning Apr. 22.