No. 8 Softball Upsets No. 1 Arizona, 7-1
May 10, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - The eighth-ranked Washington softball team (42-13-1, 9-11 Pac-10) took game one from the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats this evening in front of 2,108 fans at Rita Hillenbrand Stadium. UW out-hit Arizona 13-7 for its highest hit total of the season.
The Huskies struck first in the opener with a run in the first inning on two hits and a Wildcat error. Rita Roach singled to the pitcher Wendy Allen who made an errant throw to first that allowed her to advance to second base. Roach moved to third on a deep fly ball to centerfield and scored on a double to left-center by Kristen Rivera.
Washington added to its lead in the second inning with a leadoff home run by Dena Tyson, her eighth of the season to give the Dawgs the 2-0 lead.
UW pushed its lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning when Jaime Clark blasted her 13th home run of the season with a three-run shot over the centerfield wall. The drive scored Amanda Oleson and Roach who led off the frame with back-to-back singles.
Arizona got on board in the bottom of the fifth inning with one run to cut Washington's lead to 5-1. With one out and a runner on third, Jackie Coburn belted a hit to left field that Tyson caught against the fence, which allowed Lovieanne Jung to trot home.
UW edged closer to the eight-run mercy rule in the sixth when a two-run single by Kathy Fiske increased Washington's lead to 7-1. The Huskies had loaded the bases with singles by Oleson and Clark and a walk to Rivera to set-up Fiske's floater into shallow centerfield.
Bollinger improves to 24-9 as she allowed nine hits and struck out two. Allen drops to 12-2 as she gave up 13 hits and four walks, while striking out four.
The Huskies and Wildcats conclude tonight's doubleheader immediately following game one. Ashley Boek will take the circle for Washington, while Leslie Wolfe will pitch for Arizona.