No. 4 Softball Defeats No. 9 California, 5-2, In Extra-Inning Thriller
April 27, 2003
SEATTLE. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (40-9-1, 7-7 Pac-10) used a three-run home run by freshman Sarah Hyatt in the eighth inning to defeat ninth-rank California, 5-2, this afternoon at the Husky Softball Stadium.
Washington took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on three hits and a California error. Jaime Clark kicked off the two out rally, drawing an eight-pitch walk. Kristen Rivera and Kathy Fiske followed with back-to-back infield singles to load the bases for Dena Tyson. Tyson hit the ball up the middle, which Cal second baseman Eryn Manahan grabbed and threw to Chelsea Spencer at second but Spencer dropped the ball, allowing Clark and Rivera to score.
The Bears came back in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with no outs with two singles and a walk to bring up Veronica Nelson. UW hurler Ashley Boek worked Nelson to a full-count before getting her to ground into a double play. Courtney Scott followed with a single up the middle that scored Vicky Galindo from second base to cut Washington's lead to 2-1.
Cal pulled even in the top of the seventh inning with a RBI single up the middle by Lindsay James off of Washington reliever Tia Bollinger. With one out, Galindo hit a single into centerfield and moved to second base on a passed ball. James's hit brought home Galindo and knotted the score, 2-2.
The Huskies put runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh with three hits but were unable to score so the game moved into extra-innings. Bollinger quickly sat the Bears down in the bottom half of the frame to give Washington the chance to win in the ninth.
Fiske led off the inning getting hit by reliever Kristina Thorson on a 2-2 pitch and was replaced at first base by pinch runner Traci Tawney. Tyson then reached base on a sacrifice bunt that Galindo misplayed at third. Hyatt followed with a towering three-run home run for the game-winner. It marked the seventh home run of the season for Hyatt and her second game-winning home run in a Pac-10 game (Arizona State, April 5).
Bollinger (22-2) recorded the win for Washington as she scattered four hits over two innings and struck out one. Boek allowed seven hits in six innings of work and punched out four. Thorson (12-6) took the loss for California as she gave up four hits and three runs in 4.1 innings with five strikeouts.
The Huskies continue their nine-game homestand with four games next week. Action begins on Wednesday when UW host UCLA at 1 p.m.