Huskies Fall To Michigan In Game One Of Super Regional

May 27, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- Top-seeded Michigan (59-4) used a one-hitter by Jennie Ritter and a four-run fifth inning to defeat Washington (34-21) in game one of the NCAA Super Regional, 4-1 in front of a record crowd of 2,311 fans at Alumni Field. The one hit ties a season low for the Huskies who also had just one hit in a 2-1 loss against Tennessee on Feb. 13. The loss snaps Washington's 11-game regional win streak and the Huskies will have to beat the Wolverines twice Saturday to advance to their eighth College World Series. The game was televised live by CSTV.

'It was a tough game,' said head coach Heather Tarr. 'We had one bad inning and we weren't sharp offensively. We are a better team than that. We have to win two in one day now but we've done that before. I though Ashley (Boek) threw well.'

Washington put a runner in scoring position in the top of the first inning when Dominique Lastrapes drew a full count walk and stole second base. Ritter worked her way out of the inning with two strikeouts and a fly out.

Michigan put runners on base in each of the first three innings, using walks in the first and third frames and a second inning single by Stephanie Bercaw, but never moved a runner to second base.

The Wolverines threatened in the fourth inning, loading the bases on two hits. Nicole Motycka led off with a single down the third base line and Grace Leutele drew a full count walk. Washington hurler Ashley Boek struck the next batter out and pinch runner Michelle Teschler was thrown out trying to steal third base. Rebekah Milian singled to third base to load the bases but Boek struck the next batter out to get out of the jam.

The Wolverines broke the game open in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on four hits and an error. Alessandra Giampaolo led off the frame with her eighth home run of the season over the right field fence. Jessica Merchant followed with a single to right field and scored on a double by Motycka and an error on the UW right fielder. Becky Marx hit a two-out single into centerfield to score two more runs and put Michigan on top 4-0.

Washington did not record a hit until Kristen Rivera belted her 20th home run of the season with one out in the seventh inning. The blast cleared the right centerfield wall and extended her career record to 78 home runs. Aimee Minor drew a two out walk to keep the game alive but Ritter got Sarah Hyatt to fly out to centerfield to seal the Wolverine victory.

Boek (20-13) took the loss as she gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out nine.

Ritter (32-1) earned the win as she allowed just one hit and two walks, while fanning 11.

Washington and Michigan will square-off again Saturday at 11 am (PST) in game two of the best-of-three series. If Washington wins the game, the teams will play a third game at 2 pm with the winner advancing to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, June 2-8. The game(s) will be broadcast live by CSTV and will also air on KKNW 1150 AM.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Washington.......... 000 000 1 -  1  1  3Michigan............ 000 040 X -  4  8  0-----------------------------------------Boek and RiveraRitter and Marx

E - CHARTERS; GREER; BOEK. LOB - Huskies 2; MICH 10. 2B - Teschler.
HR - RIVERA(20); Giampaolo. HBP - Leutele. SH - Haas. SB - LASTRAPES. CS - Teschler.

Win - Ritter, J. (32-1). Loss - BOEK (20-13).

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