Softball Splits Games In First Day Of Holiday Inn Invitational

Feb. 16, 2001

TAMPA, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team used six runs in the fifth inning to erase an early 5-2 deficit Friday as the Huskies defeated Maryland, 10-5, in their opening game of the Holiday Inn Invitational. The UW, which later fell to #18 South Carolina (5-3), moved to 5-2 on the season with the split.

In game one, the Washington starting pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) got off to a rough start, allowing two runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. The Terrapins then added three more runs in the second inning off UW relief pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) to make the score 5-0.

The Huskies, however, narrowed the margin in the top of the third when sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) tagged her first triple of the season to bring around seniors Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas).

Bollinger retired the side in order in the third and fourth, before the UW took the lead for good with six runs in the top of the fifth inning. The inning was capped by what would turn out to be the game-winner, a one-out triple down the right field line by sophomore Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.) to score pinch runners Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) and Robyn Waddle (Federal Way, Wash.).

The Huskies would later add one run in each of the next two innings on an RBI single by catcher Amy Hanson (Mount Vernon, Wash.) and a sacrifice fly from DePaul to make the score 10-5.

Bollinger, who combined with Walsh to throw a one-hitter, earned her fifth win of the season to move to 5-0 overall, while Maryland relief pitcher Monica Cyphert (0-1) took the loss for the 0-2 Terps.

In the second game, 18th-ranked South Carolina (6-4) avenged an earlier loss to the UW at last weekend's Fiesta Bowl Invitational, by breaking a 3-3 tie with single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to win 5-3. The Huskies, who out-hit the Gamecocks 6-3, had been down early once again (1-3), but rallied to tie the score at 3-3 in the fifth behind senior Christie Rosenblad's (Fillmore, Calif.), two-out, two-run single up the middle.

UW pitcher Bridget Wilcox (Olympia, Wash.), who had relieved Walsh in the third inning, took the loss to fall to 0-1, while South Carolina pitcher Megan Matthews improved to 4-2.

Washington plays two more games Saturday versus #19 Notre Dame (10 a.m. ET) and host South Florida (2 p.m. ET) in day two action of the Holiday Inn Invitational.

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