No. 9 Softball Remains Perfect With A Pair of Wins At the Early Bird Classic

Feb. 2, 2002

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Washington softball team scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, defeating Louisiana-Monroe 5-2 Saturday in day two action at the Early Bird Classic. The Huskies, who earlier in the day picked up an easy 10-0 win over host Cal State Northridge, moved to a perfect 3-0 overall in 2002.

Against Louisiana-Monroe, UW's Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) logged what proved to be the game-winning RBI, doubling down the left field line to drive in sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.), who had singled and stolen second base with the score tied at 2-2 in top of the seventh inning. Simpson and teammate Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) would also later score in the inning on an RBI double to left field by junior co-captain Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), giving the Huskies a 5-2 advantage.

An inning earlier, the Huskies scored the first two runs of the game when Oleson, who finished the game with a career-best three stolen bases, scored on a single by freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) and Clark came home on a sacrifice fly by junior Amy Hanson (Mt. Vernon, Wash.).

Louisiana-Monroe (0-3), however, answered back in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs on an RBI double by designated player Connie Coleman and an RBI single by first baseman Ashley Bellew, which dropped just out of Clark's reach in shallow center field.

Washington sophomore pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), who entered in relief of Husky starter Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) in the fifth inning, earned the win against the Lady Indians to move to 2-0 on the season.

Earlier in the day, Washington used home runs by three different players to cruise by tournament host Cal State Northridge, 10-0, in five innings. Sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) was the first Husky to go yard, knocking a three-run shot to center field in the first inning. Rivera then continued the trend in the third with a two-run home run, which was then followed by a grand slam by freshman third baseman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) in the bottom of the fourth inning.

UW freshman pitcher Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) earned the win in her first collegiate start, allowing four hits in four innings of work, before giving way to classmate Boek, who made her collegiate debut in the fifth inning by retiring the side in order.

The Huskies finish the Early Bird Classic Sunday with two more games at UCLA's Easton Stadium. The UW will face San Jose State at 9 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. game versus San Diego State.

Saturday, February 2, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. CSU Northridge
Matador Diamond (Northridge, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
CSUN 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
UW 3 0 2 5 X 10 12 1

E - Copelan, Oleson LOB: UW 5, CSUN 6
2B -Roach HR - Rivera, Jeffries, Fiske
SB - Simpson CS - Jeffries
SH - Spencer, Abel
HBP - Simpson
WP - Leslie Scott (1-0) LP - Tanya Ledesma (0-1)

#9 Washington vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Matador Diamond (Northridge, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 7 1
LM 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 1
E -Oleson, Dixon LOB: UW 6, LM 7
2B - Simpson, Clark, Coleman
SB - Oleson 3, Clark, Tande CS - Simpson
SH - Simpson SF - Hanson
WP - Tia Bollinger (2-0) LP - Annie VanOosbree (0-2)

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