Huskies Close Out Pac-10 Season With 7-1 Win Over Oregon
May 14, 2005
SEATTLE-- Washington pounded nine hits off of three Oregon pitchers to win the final game of the Pac-10 season 7-1. Lauren Greer and Aimee Minor hit home runs in the victory while Ashley Charters hit a three-run triple.
The Huskies improve to 31-20 overall and 10-11 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks slip to 34-23 overall and 7-14 in the Pac-10.
Washington scored one run in the first inning on a two-out single by Minor. The poke scored Charters who had walked and advanced to third on a line drive by Kristen Rivera.
The Huskies added another run in the second inning with Greer's fifth home run of the season. The blast came on a full-count pitch and just cleared the right field foul poll.
Oregon got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning with three hits. The Ducks loaded the bases with two singles and a hit-by-pitch. Ashley Richards then hit a flare into left field to score Lovena Chaput but Charter's relay throw to the plate picked Kristi Leiter. Rivera then fired a throw down to second base to get Beth Boskovich who had taken a wide turn and got caught in a run down. Dominique Lastrapes threw her out at third to complete the double play and end the inning
Minor extended Washington's lead to 3-1 in the third inning with her 15th home run of the season.
UW tacked on one more run in the fourth with a blast by Kathy Fiske that went through the third baseman's legs to score Lastrapes. Lastrapes had reached base on a double to right centerfield.
Washington put the game away in the fifth frame with three runs on two hits. UW loaded the bases with two fielder's choices and a walk before Charters belted a 2-2 pitch into deep left centerfield to score three runs and give the Huskies the 7-1 lead and eventual win.
Senior Ashley Boek (16-12) picked up the victory as she scattered seven hits and struck out 12 to tie her career-best. Boek struck out the side in the fifth and tallied two strikeouts in the seventh to end the game. Her appearance marked the 170th of her career to tie Arizona State's Kirsten Voak (1998-2002) for the No. 4 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list and she is one appearance away from the No. 3 spot held by California's Jocelyn Forest (1999-2002).
Amy Harris (17-14) took the loss for Oregon as she gave up two runs on four hits in one and a third innings.
Rivera was intentionally walked in the fourth inning to tie the school record with 175 career walks. She is tied with former Husky Jen Cline (1993-96) for the No. 5 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list.
The Huskies learn their postseason fate tomorrow when the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNews at 4:30 pm. The 16 sixteen sites and 64 participating teams will be announced. Washington has made 11-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and has advanced to the Women's College World Series seven times, including in 2003 and 2004.
Four teams tied for first place in the Pac-10 standings with a 13-8 record, including Arizona, California, Oregon State and Stanford. OSU earns the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament because of the tiebreaker that looks at head-to-head results between the tied teams. Oregon State and Arizona are 5-4, while Cal and Stanford are 4-5. Oregon State won the three-game series against Arizona 2-1.
Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Oregon.............. 001 000 0 - 1 7 1Washington.......... 111 130 X - 7 9 0-----------------------------------------Harris, Cook (2) and Kontra (5) and Richards.Boek and Rivera.
E - Boskovich. LOB - Ducks 6; Huskies 10. 2B - LASTRAPES(10).
3B - CHARTERS(1). HR - MINOR(15); GREER(5). HBP - Boskovich. SH - Hudson.
SB - MINOR(4). CS - LASTRAPES(3).
Win - BOEK (16-12). Loss - Harris (17-14).