Rosenblad Powers Softball Team To Pair Of Wins

Feb. 10, 2001

PHOENIX - Washington senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) hit four home runs in four consecutive at-bats to power the Husky softball team to victories over Texas Tech (4-1) and South Carolina (5-1) Saturday at Rose Mofford Sports Complex. With the wins, the UW moved to 3-1 in 2001 following day two of the Fiesta Bowl Invitational.

Rosenblad's first two home runs came in the team's first game of the day versus Texas Tech. With the game knotted at 0-0, Rosenblad took Red Raider pitcher Amanda Renfro deep in the fourth inning. The senior second baseman then struck again in the sixth inning, hitting a two-run shot to break a 1-1 tie. Sophomore catcher Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) followed Rosenblad with one of her own, recording her first career home run over the fence in centerfield to push the Huskies to a 4-1 victory.

Freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) picked up the win over the Red Raiders, coming into the game in relief of starter junior Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) in the fifth inning with two outs. Bollinger and Walsh, who allowed six walks, combined to pitch a one-hitter, as Texas Tech's Tiffany Harrington had her team's only hit of the game - a ground ball up the middle in the top of the sixth inning.

Rosenblad's hot hitting continued in the second game as she tallied back-to-back home runs against South Carolina in the second and fourth innings. The Gamecocks came to within one at 1-2 when shortstop Amber Curtis took a 2-2 pitch by Bollinger over the fence in left field in the bottom of the fourth. The UW quickly pushed its lead back up to two when junior outfielder Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) led-off the fifth inning with a solo home run - the first of her career.

Rosenblad's home run streak finally came to an end in the fifth inning when she fouled out to left field. Washington, however, managed to add a pair of runs an inning later on RBI singles by freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.).

Bollinger picked up the complete-game victory to move to 3-0 on the season, allowing just four hits and striking out four.

Washington will play two more games Sunday versus Georgia and Nebraska in final day action at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational.

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