No.9 Softball Opens Its 2002 Season With An 8-0 Win Over Long Beach State

Feb. 1, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The ninth-ranked Washington softball team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating Long Beach State 8-0 in six innings, in both teams' season-opener Friday at Easton Stadium. With the win, the Huskies moved to 1-0 overall and 1-0 at the Early Bird Classic, a seven-team tournament being played at both UCLA and CSU Northridge.

The UW erupted for three runs in the first inning, tallying two of them when freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) hit a two-run double in her first collegiate at-bat to score senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Rivera then came home on a two-out single by catcher Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.), giving the UW a 3-0 lead after one.

The Huskies added to their lead three innings later, as sophomore outfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) sparked a two-out rally, reaching base on a double. Simpson, who finished the day with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate, then singled to put runners on the corners, before first baseman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) threaded a double down the third base line to score both Simpson and Roach.

Oleson's bat would once again prove valuable in the sixth inning, as the sophomore drove in two more runs with another double to end the game at 8-0. Sophomore Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) had lead-off the inning with her first career hit - a triple to right-center field - before coming around to score on classmate Shawna Norris' (Littleton, Colo.) RBI single.

Defensively, UW starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) held the 49ers to just two hits in four innings, before giving way to freshman relief pitcher Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.), who completed the shutout with two innings of work. Long Beach State managed to advance a runner to third base just twice in the six-inning affair.

The Huskies will play two more games Saturday in day two action of the Early Bird Classic. The UW will face tournament host Cal State Northridge at 11 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. game versus Louisiana-Monroe at Matador Diamond in Northridge, Calif.

Friday, February 1, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. Long Beach State
Easton Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
LBSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
UW 3 0 0 2 0 3 8 11 1

E - Scott LOB: UW 6, CSUN 4
2B - Oleson 2, Rivera, Roach 3B - Wicks
SB - Zepeda, Holt, Norris
HBP - Zepeda 2 WP - Knoff
SH - Walker, Oleson
WP - Tia Bollinger (1-0) LP - Lindsey Knoff (0-1)

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