Jaime Clark Breaks Home Run Record As Softball Splits Games At The Red Desert Classic

March 1, 2002

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) broke the Husky career record for home runs, hitting two on the day, as 12th-ranked Washington split a pair of games Friday versus Brigham Young (L, 4-6) and UNLV (W, 4-0) in day one action at the Red Desert Classic. With the split, the UW moved to 17-7 overall and 1-1 in the 10-team tournament at the Canyons Softball Complex.

Clark hit her record-setting home run in the team's second game of the day versus UNLV (9-11). The Huskies' starting shortstop broke a scoreless game in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run shot to center field to also score sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who had led-off the inning with a single. Clark's four-bagger was the 44th of her career, surpassing the previous record of 43 set by former All-American catcher Jen Cline (1993-1996).

The Huskies added to their two-run lead later in the fourth inning, as freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) doubled and then scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.).

Although the three-run lead would prove enough for UW hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), Husky sophomore Shawna Norris' (Littleton, Calif.) second double of the game drove in Oleson in the top of the sixth to give Washington a comfortable 4-0 lead.

For the game, Bollinger (6-3) kept the Rebels off the basepaths, striking out a career-high 12 batters as only one UNLV base runner managed to advance to second base. Bollinger beat her previous career best of nine strikeouts, while her 12 K's are the most by an UW pitcher since 2000, when All-American Jennifer Spediacci fanned 13 against Western Illinois on May 19.

Earlier in the day, the Huskies fell for the second year in a row to Brigham Young (8-8), 6-4, in a game which featured six home runs.

BYU's Brooke Cadiente hit her first of two home runs in the first inning - a three-run shot - to get the Huskies off-balance early. The UW chipped away at the 3-0 deficit with a run in the bottom of the first and then two more in the fourth, as freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) led-off the inning with a home run and freshman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) scored on a two-out single by senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.).

Just as the Huskies had equalized the score at 3-3, BYU took back the lead in the fifth when Kate Walker, Oli Keohohou and Cadiente all hit solo home runs off reliever Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) to give the Cougars the 6-3 lead.

Clark's first home run of the day, a solo shot to lead-off the bottom of the fifth, closed the gap to 6-4, but the UW could not push across any more runs, leaving four base runners stranded over the next three innings.

Scott took the loss to fall to 5-3 in 2002, while BYU pitcher Ariel Capra earned the complete-game win to move to 4-1 overall.

The Huskies will be back in action Saturday for day two of the Red Desert Classic when they take on both Utah State (12 p.m.) and Utah (2 p.m.).

Friday, March 1, 2002 -
#12 Washington vs. BYU
Canyons Softball Complex (St. George, Utah)

Score By Innings R H E
BYU 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 8 0
UW 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 8 0

LOB: UW 8, BYU 6
2B - Rivera, Roach HR - Walker, Keohohou, Cadiente 2, Clark, Fiske
SB - Simpson CS - Holt, Nicholson
WP - Ariel Capra (4-1) LP - Leslie Scott (5-3)

#12 Washington vs. UNLV
Canyons Softball Complex (St. George, Utah)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 8 0
UNLV 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

2B - Rivera, Norris 2 HR - Clark
SB - Roach SF - Wicks
WP - Tia Bollinger (6-3) LP - Jackie Kerrigan (2-5)

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