#10 Softbal Blanks #23 Southern Mississippi; Drops Nail-Biter To New Mexico

Feb. 23, 2001

COLMBUS, Ga. - The 10th-ranked Washington softball team opened the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 5-0 win over #23 Southern Mississippi (7-5), but then fell in a close game, 3-2, to New Mexico (7-6) Saturday at the South Commons Softball Complex. With the split, the Huskies moved to 9-5 overall in 2001.

In the second game versus the Lobos, the Huskies scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.), who extended her hitting streak to 13-straight games. The UW held a 2-0 advance going into the bottom of the fourth when New Mexico scored a pair of unearned runs with two outs on a Husky throwing error and a single up the middle.

In the bottom of the sixth, New Mexico added what would turn out to be the winning run when Cayley Warner scored on another two-out single up the middle by shortstop Marianna Fenelli.

Washington threatened in the top of the seventh when junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) tripled to right-center field with one out. The Huskies, however, were unable to score as freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) struck out for the second out and Simpson was tagged out at the plate on a short bouncer by freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.), which ended up coming to rest just a foot in front of the plate.

UW junior pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) dropped to 0-3 on the season, despite not giving up an earned run.

In the first game versus Southern Mississippi, the Huskies erupted for one run in the third and two in each of the next two innings. Washington scored the game-winner in the third when Roach came through with a clutch RBI single up the middle to drive in Oleson, who had tripled to right-center field.

The UW would add four more insurance runs on a pair of two-run home runs by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) and sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). The home run was Rosenblad's fifth of the season, while Clark recorded her third with a titanic-sized shot to left field.

Freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) threw her second consecutive complete game one-hitter in as many starts, striking out a career-best nine and moving to 9-1 overall this season.

Washington will face Michigan State Saturday in its final pool play game at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, beginning at 10 a.m. The Huskies will then find out whether they will advance to the gold, silver or bronze brackets later Saturday afternoon.

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