Softball's Ashley Boek Pitches A No-Hitter; Huskies Finish Undefeated At The Early Bird Classic

Feb. 3, 2002

LOS ANGELES - UW freshman pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif) threw a no-hitter and the Huskies opened their 2002 season with a 5-0 record, defeating both San Jose State (9-1 (5)) and No. 23 San Diego State (6-0) Sunday at UCLA's Easton Stadium. Washington finished tied with No. 2 UCLA with a perfect record at the seven-team Early Bird Classic, the third time the UW has had a perfect record in its season-opening weekend in program history.

In the first game, Boek (1-0) threw a no hitter to earn her first career win. Boek walked two batters, while another reached base on an error, in five innings for the program's 20th no-hitter and its first since the 2000 season.

Offensively, San Jose State scored first when lead-off batter Jana Arde walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice and then scored on an error.

The Huskies quickly regrouped, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning when senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) scored on sophomore Courtney Jeffries' (Eugene, Ore.) two-out RBI single. The UW then added four more runs in the second, two of which came on freshman Steph Nicholson's first career hit - a two-run home run down the left field line.

Washington ended the game early with four runs in the fourth, scoring the last two on a single by sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), as all nine UW batters got at least one hit in the game.

Against the Aztecs, the Huskies hit three home runs, including a pair of solo shots by sophomore Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) and junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and a two-run blast by freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.).

The UW had broken a scoreless game in the bottom of the third when sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) singled, stole second and then eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.

Husky pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) earned her third win of the season to move to 3-0 in 2002, after logging a complete-game shutout and allowing just three hits.

The Huskies will stay on the road next weekend as they travel to Tallahassee, Fla., and Florida State's Seminole Challenge, Feb. 8-10.

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