#12 Softball Pounds Portland State In Doubleheader Sweep

April 24, 2001

PORTLAND - The 12th-ranked Washington softball team scored 18 runs on 31 hits to sweep non-conference foe Portland State, 6-0 and 12-0 (5), Tuesday at Erv Lind Softball Stadium. With the victories, the Huskies moved to 31-17 overall, while the Vikings dropped to 18-27 in 2001.

In the first game, the Huskies got two runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings. Freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) scored the winning run in the first off an RBI single from senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.). Sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) then added the first of her two home runs on the day in back-to-back at-bats, popping a solo shot in the first and a two-run, four bagger in the third.

Hauxhurst drove in another run in the fifth, while senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) hit her fifth home run of the season to record the game's final run.

Washington pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) tossed a one-hitter in the opener, striking out eight batters before giving way to relief pitcher freshman Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bollinger moved to 27-4 on the season with the win, while Portland State starter Morgan Seibert took the loss to fall to 13-15 in 2001.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the Huskies exploded for a season-high 21 hits, scoring in each of the five innings to easily run away with the game, 12-0.

Washington recorded its first five runs in the first and second innings all with two outs, before tallying three runs in both the third and fifth and one in the fourth inning. Portland State, meanwhile, tallied just two hits off UW starter Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.), with both coming from the lead-off batter in the inning. Walsh then retired the side in order in the last three innings to improve to 4-12 overall, while Viking pitcher Nichole Ivie fell to 5-12.

On the day, Hauxhurst was 5-for-6 with two runs scored and four RBI and Clark went 4-for-8 with three runs and four RBI. DePaul, junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.), freshman Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) and junior Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) each collected three hits in one of the day's two games.

The Huskies play host to the first of seven straight home games Friday when Stanford travels to Seattle for a single Pac-10 game at the Husky Softball Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

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