Softball Splits On Final Day of Las Vegas Classic

March 6, 2005

LAS VEGAS-- The 14th-ranked Washington softball team (12-7) split a pair of games on the final day of the Las Vegas Classic. The Huskies defeated No. 25 Long Beach State, 5-1, in eight innings in the opener before falling to tournament host UNLV, 7-5, in the nightcap.

Freshman Ashley Charters finished the tournament with a .615 clip (8-for-13) and seven runs scored. Senior Kristen Rivera hit .500 (5-for-10) with two home runs and eight RBIs.

The Huskies return to action next Saturday when they play a double header at Portland State starting at noon.


The Huskies scored four runs in the eighth inning, including a three-run home run by Aimee Minor, to defeat Long Beach State, 5-1. The home run marked the second of the weekend for Minor and her second extra-inning blast this season.

The game was scoreless through five innings. In the top of the sixth, Charters led off with an infield single. She was sacrificed to second by Dominique Lastrapes and stole third base. Charters scored on a passed ball.

The 49ers came back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run on one hit and an error. Lauren Johnson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on a Husky error to knot the score 1-1.

The international tiebreaker rule went into effect in the eighth with a runner starting the inning on second base. The Huskies loaded the bases with no outs on a Charters infield single, a fielder's choice and an intentional walk to Rivera. Sarah Hyatt popped up to the second baseman and was automatically called out due to the infield fly rule but the second baseman dropped the ball and Charters scored the go-ahead run. Minor then blasted her fifth home run of the season over the right centerfield fence to give Washington the 5-1 lead.

Long Beach State drew a lead off walk in the bottom half of the frame but UW reliever Ashley Boek sat the next three batters down in order with two strikeouts and a pop-up to seal the Husky victory.

Boek (8-3) earned the win as she gave up just one hit and struck out four in 2.2 innings of relief. Meredith Cervenka (6-3) took the loss despite scattering five hits and striking out 12.

The 49ers stranded 13 runners on base, while the Huskies marooned five.

Score by Innings                   R  H  E------------------------------------------Washington.......... 000 001 04 -  5  5  1Long Beach State.... 000 000 10 -  1  7  2------------------------------------------UW- Noble, Boek (6) and Rivera.LBSU- Cervenka and LeSage.

E - CHARTERS(2); Wedell; McCauley. LOB - Huskies 5; 49ers 13. 2B - Torres. HR - MINOR(5). HBP - Johnson. SH - LASTRAPES(3); BERGAN(2); Wedell. SB - CHARTERS 2(15); RIVERA(5); COURY(1).

Win - BOEK (8-3). Loss - Cervenka (6-3). Save - None.HBP - by BOEK (Johnson). PB - LeSage.


Washington struck first against UNLV, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning on two hits. Charters led off with a walk and Lastrapes followed with an infield single. Hyatt then laced a single into left field to score Charters and give UW the 1-0 lead.

The Rebels answered in the top of the third inning with four runs on three hits and a Husky error. Amber Campbell led off with a walk and scored on a Caitlyn Paus single to centerfield. Marissa Nichols singled into right field to load the bases. Shannon Crisp was then hit by a pitch to score another run. UNLV scored two more runs on an errant throw home to go up 4-1.

The Huskies regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs on three hits. With two runners on, Rivera drilled her eighth home run of the year over the centerfield fence. Hyatt followed with a solo home run to left to give Washington the 5-4 lead.

UNLV surged ahead in the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits. Nichols and Maggie Liveri had RBI-singles in the inning.

Washington loaded the bases in the sixth with singles by Lauren Greer and Charters and an intentional walk to Rivera. The Rebels got out of the inning with a fly ball to left field.

Boek (8-4) took the loss for UW as she allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3.2 innings. Crisp (4-0) earned the win as she held Washington to three runs and four hits in 3.2 innings.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------UNLV................ 004 300 0 -  7  7  0Washington.......... 104 000 0 -  5  7  2-----------------------------------------

UNLV- Kerrigan, Crisp (3), Kerrigan (6) and Liveri.UW- Boek, Noble (4) and Rivera.

E - COURY(3); NOBLE(2). LOB - Rebels 7; Huskies 8. 2B - CRISP. HR - RIVERA(8);HYATT(5). HBP - CRISP 2; KEENEY. SH - MEADE; BERGAN(2); HANSEN(2). SB - NICHOLS 2; CAMPBELL 2; CHARTERS(14).


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