#12 Softball Over Powers Oregon, 10-1

April 20, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - The 12th-ranked Washington softball team scored 10 runs on 10 hits to defeat Oregon 10-1, Friday at Howe Field in five innings. With the win, the Huskies ended their Pac-10 losing streak, improving to 28-16 overall and 4-5 in conference play, after dropping their previous four Pac-10 games. The Ducks, meanwhile, fell to 25-27 overall and 1-8 in the Pac-10.

In the first two innings, both schools managed to score an unearned run following a fielding errors. Washington recorded its run in the top of the first when senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.), who reached base on a bunt single, advanced to third on a double by sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and scored on a fielding error by Oregon leftfielder Kristi Hall.

The Ducks tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when pitcher Andrea Vidlund singled, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on a fielding error by Clark on a ground ball up the middle by shortstop Kate Peterson.

The Huskies then took the lead for good in the top of the third, scoring five runs on four hits, including two on a two-out single from freshman Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.). Washington padded its lead in the fourth, as senior Kim DePaul's (Tomball, Texas) RBI single scored a pair of runs and Clark and pinch runner Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) each came home to move the score out to a 10-1 Husky advantage.

The Ducks managed at least one base runner in each of the five innings, but were only able to move two runners to second base. Washington starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) allowed just four hits, while striking out six to move to 25-4 on the season, while Vidlund, the first of three Oregon pitchers on the day, fell to 9-6 in 2001.

Washington heads to Corvallis, Ore., for a pair of single games against Pac-10 team Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game begins at 2 p.m., while Sunday's is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

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