No. 13 Softball Advances To The Kia Klassic Quarterfinals With A Pair Of Wins

March 15, 2002

FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 13 Washington softball stayed perfect at the Kia Klassic with a pair of wins Friday versus No. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette (3-2) and Texas Tech (10-3) to advance to the tournament quarterfinals Saturday at 3 p.m. With the pair of victories, the Huskies won their eighth and ninth straight games to move to 25-7 overall and 4-0 at the 16-team Kia Klassic.

Against Texas Tech (10-19), the Huskies gave UW head coach Teresa Wilson a 10-3 win in her 1,000th career game, erasing an early 0-2 deficit with five runs in the second, three in the fourth and two in the sixth inning. Washington belted three, two-run home runs in the win over the Red Raiders, as freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) began the offensive onslaught with a two-run, four-bagger in the bottom of the second.

UW sophomore Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.) also made good on a pinch-hit opportunity in the fourth, sending her first home run of the year over the left field fence to score freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.). Rivera, meanwhile, continued to be a thorn in Texas Tech's side, hitting her second home run of the day in the bottom of the sixth to drive in teammate junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.).

Earlier in the day, Rivera's first home run proved to be the game-winner, as the Huskies rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-2.The UW had jumped out to a slim 1-0 lead versus the Lady Cajuns with a run in the bottom of the third inning when Clark's two-out RBI single down the left field line allowed pinch runner Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) to score from second base.

Husky starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) was able to keep the Louisiana-Lafayette offense off the scoreboard through the first five frames, striking out nine batters, including a string of six straight in the third through fifth innings.

The Lady Cajuns were finally able to make a dent in Bollinger's shutout bid in the top of the sixth, capitalizing on three Husky defensive errors to score a pair of unearned runs and take a 2-1 advantage.

In its next at-bat, Clark sparked the UW rally with a lead-off single and then came home one batter later when Rivera crushed the first pitch she saw from Lady Cajun pitcher Brooke Mitchell over the left field fence for a two-run home run and the 3-2 lead.

Louisiana-Lafayette would not go down easily in its last at-bat as Husky relief pitcher Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) recorded the last two outs of the game with a strikeout and a ground out. The final out of the game came with the bases loaded and the Lady Cajuns' top hitter, shortstop Alana Addison, at the plate.

Boek, who picked up the win over Texas Tech, finished the day with a 10-1 overall record and earned her second save in relief of Bollinger, who moved to 10-3 with the victory against Louisiana-Lafayette. Freshman Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) also threw three innings of strong relief versus Texas Tech for her second save of 2002.

With the pair of wins, Washington advances to the Kia Klassic quarterfinals Saturday at 3 p.m., versus the winner of the DePaul-Florida State game, which is being played later Friday night. Should the Huskies win the game on Saturday, they will then play again on Sunday, March 17, in the Kia Klassic semifinals followed by the championship game at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2002 -
#13 Washington vs. # 18 Louisiana-Lafayette - Titan Softball Complex (Fullerton, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
LL 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 1
UW 0 0 1 0 0 2 X 3 7 3

E - Clark, Simpson, Nicholson, McMurtry
LOB: UW 4, La.-Lafayette 7
2B - George, Clark, Oleson HR - Rivera
SB -Oleson CS - Tawney PB - Webre
WP - Tia Bollinger (10-3) LP - Brooke Mitchell (7-1)
SV - Ashley Boek (2)

Friday, March 15, 2002 -
#13 Washington vs. Texas Tech - Titan Softball Complex (Fullerton, Calif.)

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

E - Nicholson, Fiske
LOB: UW 6, Texas Tech 3
HR - Fiske, Norris, Rivera
2B - Joachims, Rivera
SB - Eimen, Robles, Clark, Rivera, Roach 2, Simpson
Wild Pitches - Ayres 4, Boek
WP - Ashley Boek (10-1) LP - Maggie Ayres (1-4)
SV - Leslie Scott (2)

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