No. 12 Softball Kicks Off Spring Break With Doubleheader Sweep Of Santa Clara

March 24, 2002

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Washington softball team improved to a perfect 8-0 all time versus Santa Clara with a pair of wins, 9-0 (5) and 5-2, Sunday at University of the Pacific's Bill Simoni Field. With the victories, the Huskies moved to 27-8 overall, while the Broncos fell to 13-20 in 2002.

In the first game, Husky pitchers Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) combined to throw a one-hitter, allowing only two Bronco base runners in the five-inning game. The UW offense, meanwhile, erupted for nine runs on 11 hits, pushing across two runs in the second and fourth and five in the fifth inning.

Washington scored the first two runs in the second on back-to-back sacrifices by freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) and sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.). The Huskies doubled their lead to four runs as Fiske and Jeffries came through again in the fourth with an RBI double and single, respectively.

Fiske later added her fourth and fifth RBI of the game, matching a career high in that category, with her fifth home run of the year to cap a five-run, fifth inning for the Huskies.

Bollinger picked up her 11th win of the season to move to 11-4, pitching four innings before giving way to Scott, who retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth for the team's 12 shutout of the season.

The second half of the twin bill proved to be more of a battle. The Broncos scored the first run of the game in their first at-bat when third baseman Kristi Harrington got on base via a walk and then eventually scored on a single to center field off the bat of first baseman Lacey Smale.

The Huskies struck back to tie the score at one when UW freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) hit an inside-the-park home run as Santa Clara rightfielder Keri Reisinger was injured after trying to make a play on the ball, which had bounced off the fence.

Washington jumped into the lead in the third, when senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) drew a lead-off walk before coming around to score one batter later on UW sophomore Rita Roach's (Norwalk, Calif.) RBI double just inside the left field line.

The UW lead proved short-lived as Santa Clara equalized in the fourth inning with a one-out, bases-loaded single up the middle by centerfielder Coresta Salas.

With the score knotted at 2-2, Roach provided the game-winning hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, lacing a ground ball through the right side to score both pinch runner Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.) and second baseman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.).

The Huskies added another insurance run to their lead when Rivera blasted her second home run of the game - a solo shot in the top of the seventh - to round out the scoring at 5-2.

Three Washington pitchers combined in the seven inning game, as Scott started before giving way to reliever Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.), who earned the win to move to 11-1. Bollinger, meanwhile, rounded out the Husky battery by posting her first career save with a perfect seventh inning performance.

The Huskies continue their Northern California trip with another non-conference doubleheader versus University of the Pacific, Tuesday, March 26, beginning at noon at Bill Simoni Field.

Sunday, March 24, 2002 -
#12 Washington vs. Santa Clara
Bill Simoni Field (Stockton, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 2 0 2 5 9 11 0
SCU 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

LOB: UW 3, SCU 1
E - Harrington 2 DP - Washington 1
2B - Clark, Fiske HR - Fiske
SB - Roach, Oleson, Owen SH - Owen SF - Fiske, Jeffries
WP - Tia Bollinger (11-4) LP - Kelley Johnson (5-4)

#12 Washington vs. Santa Clara
Bill Simoni Field (Stockton, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 5 7 0
SCU 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 1

LOB: UW 8, SCU 8
E - Hall DP - Washington 1
2B - Roach, Smale HR - Rivera 2
SB - Roach, Clark 2 SH - Owen 3 WP - Scott
WP - Ashley Boek (11-1) LP - Deanna Rodriguez (6-9)
SV - Bollinger (1)

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