Softball Wins Hawaii Paradise Classic

Feb. 6, 2005

HONOLULU-- The ninth-ranked Washington softball team (3-1) split a pair of games on the final day of the Hawaii Paradise Classic to win the tournament title. The Huskies defeated No. 13 Oregon, 6-0, before falling to host Hawai, 7-6.

Five Huskies finished the tournament with a .400 or above average led by senior Kristen Rivera with a .667 (6-for-9) clip. She has seven RBIs, scored six runs and belted two home runs.

Junior Aimee Minor hit .500 (3-for-6) with a pair of doubles, while senior Kathy Fiske hit .462 (6-for-13) with six RBIs and a home run. Sophomore Dominique Lastrapes hit .429 (6-for-14) and senior Kirsten L'Heureux hit .400 (2-for-5).

Senior Ashley Boek (2-0) made two appearances for the Huskies, notching two shutouts and striking out 15 in 12 innings. Freshman Caitlin Noble went 1-1 with 22 strikeouts in 12 innings.

WASHINGTON 6, OREGON 0

In today's opener versus Oregon, Boek held the Ducks to three hits and struck out six en route to the 6-0 victory.

Washington scored one run in the bottom of the third inning when Minor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Huskies had loaded the bags with a hit batsman, an Oregon error and an intentional walk to Kristen Rivera.

The Huskies scored three more runs in the fourth inning on three hits and two Oregon errors. Washington opened the frame with back-to-back singles by Jacki Hansen and Ashley Charters and Hansen scored on a Duck error. UW loaded the bases with another intentional walk to Rivera and Charters scored on a line drive by Kathy Fiske off the left field wall. Greer scored on a dropped infield fly to make the score 4-0.

Rivera tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo home run over the left field fence. Minor kept the rally going with a double to left-centerfield and she score when Sarah Hyatt doubled off the centerfield wall to give Washington the 6-0 lead and eventual win.

Oregon stranded eight base runners on the day, six reaching base with walks.

Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Oregon.............. 000 000 0 - 0 3 3Washington.......... 001 302 X - 6 7 0-----------------------------------------

E - Boskovich 2; Goodell. DP - Ducks 1. LOB - Ducks 9; Huskies 10. 2B - LASTRAPES(1); MINOR(1); HYATT(1). HR - RIVERA(2). HBP - LASTRAPES; MINOR. SH - Sabol; GREER(1). SB - Boskovich.

Win - BOEK (2-0). Loss - Harris (1-1). Save - None.

HAWAII 7, WASHINGTON 6

The Huskies raced out to the quick 4-0 lead vs. Hawaii, scoring four runs in the first inning on four hits.

Lastrapes and Charters reached base with a walk and hit by pitch. Rivera followed with a single off the centerfield wall to score Lastrapes. Fiske sacrificed the runners to second and third and Charters scored on a Minor double to right-centerfield. L'Heureux singled to centerfield to score Rivera and Minor and give UW the 4-0 advantage.

Washington scored two more runs in the second frame with a two-run home run by Fiske to go up 6-0.

The Rainbow Wahine scored a run in the top of the fourth inning, becoming the first team to score against the Huskies this season. Ashley Ruff walked to open the inning and scored on a fielder's choice, illegal pitch and wild pitch.

Hawaii added another run in the fifth inning to cut Washington's lead to 6-2. After a pair of strikeouts by Noble, Noelle Izumi walked. Ruff followed with a double to right-centerfield, scoring Izumi from first base.

The Rainbow Wahine continued to chip at the Huskies' lead in the sixth inning, scoring two runs on a home run by Louise Harriden.

Hawaii took the lead in the top of the seventh inning with three runs on three hits. Ruff led off the frame with a single up the middle and Harbert hit an infield single to first base. Yoshizawa then hit a shallow fly ball to left field that Kailyn Ellinger dove for but could not hang on to allowing two runs to score to knot the game at 6-6. Yoshizawa moved to third on a passed ball and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

The Huskies went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick up their first loss of the season.

Noble took the loss as she gave up eight hits and five walks, while striking out 14. She struck out the side in the second and fifth innings.

Washington returns to action next week when it participates in the Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Feb. 11-13. The Huskies open the tournament vs. Louisville on Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Hawaii.............. 000 112 3 - 7 8 0Washington.......... 420 000 0 - 6 9 0-----------------------------------------

LOB - Wahine 7; Huskies 7. 2B - Ruff; Yoshizawa; RIVERA; MINOR. HR - Harriden; FISKE. HBP - CHARTERS. SH - FISKE. SB -LASTRAPES.

Win - Morton (1-1). Loss - NOBLE (1-1). Save - None.WP - NOBLE 2. HBP - by Blanning (CHARTERS). BK - NOBLE. PB - L'HEUREUX.

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