Huskies Use Long Ball To Run-Rule Arizona State

May 6, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz.-- The Huskies used three home runs this evening en route to the 8-0 five-inning victory over Arizona State. The win gives UW the 3-0 series sweep against ASU, all by virtue of the mercy-rule. Washington's improves to 29-16 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils dip to 28-20 overall and 3-13 in the Pac-10.

Washington took the early 3-0 lead in the first inning with a three-run home run by senior Kathy Fiske. Ashley Charters kicked off the Husky rally by drawing a walk and ASU opted to intentionally walk Kristen Rivera to face Fiske. Fiske took a 0-2 pitch over the left centerfield fence for her eighth home run of the season.

Junior Aimee Minor extended Washington's lead to 5-0 in the third inning with a two-out line drive home run over the right field wall. The home run was Minor's 14th of the season and scored Rivera who had walked.

Rivera put the game out of reach in the fourth frame with a three-run home run. Jacki Hansen sparked the rally with a single up the middle. Dominique Lastrapes followed with a single but Hansen was picked at third base on the play. Charters walked and Rivera belted her 17th home run of the season to put UW on top 8-0.

Rivera's home run extends her school record to 75 career dingers. She is fifth on the Pac-10 all-time list and is one home run away from the No. 4 spot held by Arizona's Jenny Dalton.

Freshman Caitlin Noble (14-7) earned the win as she held ASU to four hits, while fanning five. The five strikeouts bring her season total to 204 and she becomes just the sixth player in UW history to amass 200 strikeouts in a single season.

Desiree Serrano (12-7) took the loss as she gave up eight runs on seven hit and five walks.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 action Saturday at Arizona. Washington will complete the halted game from April 15 tomorrow at 3:30 pm before facing Arizona in a nationally televised game on ESPN at 5 pm. UA leads UW 3-0 after four innings in the halted game. The 5 pm game will also be broadcast by KKNW 1150 AM.

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