Huskies Beat Illinois, Fall To UCF

Feb. 12, 2005

LAS VEGAS-- No. 8 Washington (4-2) split a pair of games this afternoon at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, defeating Illinois 17-7 and falling to UCF 1-0. The Huskies had 17 hits vs. UCF but were held to just two hits, both bunt singles, against UCF.

Washington will conclude the tournament tomorrow with a pair of games. The Huskies' start time vs. Tennessee has been moved up a half an hour to 8:30 am and UW has added a second games vs. UC Riverside at 2:30 pm.

WASHINGTON 17, ILLINOIS 7

The Huskies pounded 13 hits and took advantage of eight errors to defeat Illinois, 17-7, to open the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Senior Ashley Boek held Illinois to four hits, while striking out eight.

Kristen Rivera, Kathy Fiske and Sarah Hyatt each had three hits for UW, while Rivera and Fiske each tallied a pair of home runs.

Illinois' 17 runs allowed and eight errors were both program records.

Washington jumped out to the quick 7-0 lead in the first inning on three hits and three Illini errors. Dominique Lastrapes led off with a single and scored on a double by Fiske. Hyatt's double drove in Rivera and Fiske and the Huskies scored four more runs on two Illinois errors.

The Huskies added four runs in the second inning to go up 11-0. Rivera led off with her fourth home run of the season. The next two batters reached base with a hit-by-pitch and walk and an Illinois error scored Fiske. With the bases loaded, Jacki Hansen was hit by a pitch, which brought in Aimee Minor. Lastrapes drove in Hyatt with a ground out to the right side.

Washington pushed its lead to 13-0 in the third inning, scoring two runs on back-to-back home runs by Rivera and Fiske.

The Fighting Illini cut Washington's lead to 13-5 in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five runs on two hits and two errors. Rachelle Coriddi highlighted the frame with a two-RBI triple.

UW scored one run in the fourth when Ashley Charters singled and scored on a passed ball.

Illinois continued to battle in the fifth frame, scoring two unearned runs on an error.

Washington tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh with a two-run home run by Fiske and an Illini error to cruise to the 17-7 victory.

UCF 1, WASHINGTON 0

Washington fell to UCF 1-0 in the night cap. Freshman hurler Caitlin Noble took a no-hitter into the top of the sixth inning before Stephanie Best broke open a scoreless game with a home run over the centerfield wall.

That proved to be all the runs the Golden Knights would need as Lindsay Enders held UW to just two hits and struck out six.

Charters and Lauren Greer each had bunt singles for Washington.

Noble scattered three hits and struck out 11.

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