No. 9 Softball Advances To The Florida Tournament Championship

Feb. 16, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Kathy Fiske's (Temecula, Calif.) second career grand slam helped propel the Washington softball team past Tennessee-Chattanooga, 9-1 (5), Saturday at the Florida Softball Field. With the win, Washington (14-2) earned the right to face tournament host Florida, which defeated the Huskies earlier in the day (3-2), for the Florida Hotel and Conference Center Invitational championship Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

The Huskies opened the game with the Lady Mocs by loading the bases in the first inning on a pair of lead-off singles by senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and a walk to freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.). After a fielding error by Chattanooga pitcher Awbrey Winckler allowed one run to score, Fiske launched Winckler's first pitch over the center field fence to give the UW a 5-0 lead. Fiske's only other home run this season was also a grand slam in the team's 10-0 win at CSU Northridge.

Defensively, the Huskies gave up one unearned run in the top of the second inning, but stopped two other Chattanooga scoring chances when UW centerfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and junior shortstop Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) both threw out a Lady Moc base runner at home plate.

After adding two runs in the fourth inning, Washington ended the game with two more in the fifth as Clark scored on an RBI single by Fiske, who finished the day with six RBI, and sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Calif.) crossed the plate on an error by the Chattanooga catcher.

Husky freshman pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) earned the win to move to 5-0 in 2002, allowing five hits in her fourth complete game performance of the year.

In the first game of the day, tournament host Florida scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit to defeat Washington, 3-2.

The Huskies broke through first in the top of the fourth when sophomores Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) and Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) both came home following a single to right field by Fiske. Washington had a chance to add to its lead an inning later, loading the bases with two outs following three walks. Gator pitcher Mandy Shuerman, however, got Jeffries to bounce into a force out at second base to end the threat.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Florida third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi doubled home one run and first baseman Prissie Walden singled in two more as the Gators took a 3-2 lead heading into Washington's final at-bat. Florida relief pitcher then retired the Huskies in order in the top of the seventh to secure the win in the final pool play game.

UW pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), who entered in relief of freshman starter Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.), took the loss to fall to 5-2 in 2001, while Shuerman earned the win to move to 1-2.

Saturday, February 16, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. Florida
Florida Softball Complex (Gainesville, Fla.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
UF 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 3 6 1
E - Garner LOB: UW 7, UF 6
2B - Rivera, Mossadeghi 2
SB - Clark, Tawney CS - Wicks
SH - Marchetta, B. Berger, Walden
WP - Mandy Schuerman (1-2) LP - Tia Bollinger (5-2)
SV - Amanda Knowles 1

Saturday, February 16, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. UT-Chattanooga
Florida Softball Complex (Gainesville, Fla.)

Score By Innings R H E
UTC 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2
UW 5 0 0 2 2 9 8 3
E - Oleson, Clark, Nicholson, Herman, Winckler LOB: UW 4, UTC 6
2B - Herman 3B - Roach HR - Fiske
SB - Simpson CS - Holt
WP - Boek
WP - Ashley Boek (5-0) LP - Awbrey Winckler (1-2)

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