Washington Softball Loses Elimination Game To UCLA, 2-1
May 24, 2003
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Washington softball team (47-16-1) lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in Saturday's elimination game against UCLA to drop out of the Women's College World Series. The Bruins used a sixth inning home run by Taria Mims to break up a 1-1 tie and advance to the semifinal game versus Texas.
The Bruins put a run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning, as Natasha Watley singled and scored from second on a single by Mims, to put UCLA on top, 1-0.
Washington evened the score in the top of the fifth inning when freshman Aimee Minor blasted a two-strike pitch over the centerfield wall. The home run marked the sixth of the season for Minor and her first since March 13 to knot the score at 1-1.
UCLA recorded the game-winner in the sixth on Mims' 22nd home run of the season on a full-count pitch off of hurler Ashley Boek.
The Huskies challenged the lead in the seventh frame, placing a runner on third with one out. After Kathy Fiske singled, pinch runner Traci Tawney advanced to third on a wild pitch and a ground-out by Dena Tyson. Aimee Minor then drew a full-count walk to put runners at the corners before Sarah Hyatt popped out to shortstop to end the game.
Boek (18-6) took the loss for Washington as she scattered four hits and struck out four batters. Kiera Goerl (37-7) picked up the win as she held UW to four hits and punched out seven.
Washington finishes the season with its best finish since 2000 when it also placed fifth at the WCWS.
The Huskies were the last undefeated team in the nation, starting the season with a 19-0-1 mark and posted a 32-2-1 record during its tournament schedule.
UW received numerous accolades this season including two All-Americans (Kristen Rivera and Tia Bollinger), two All-Region honorees, eight All-Pac-10 selections, Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, Pac-10 Player of the Week and National Player of the Week. Senior Jaime Clark and Rivera were also honored with invitations to the United State National Softball Team Camp, which will take place next month. The best athletes at the camp will represent the U.S. in international competition this summer.
Head coach Teresa Wilson met two milestones this season including her 500th win at Washington and her 800th career victory. Her overall coaching record sits at 736-359-1 and she is 532-198-1 at the helm of the UW team.
Clark finishes her career as a three-time All-American and four-time All-Pac-10 pick. She was the National Player of the Week twice and holds career school records in runs (223), runs batted in (243) and home runs (73).
Rivera led the country, along with Arizona's Lovieanne Jung with 25 home runs, which set a UW single-season record.