No. 8 Arizona State's Scores Three Runs In The Seventh To Defeat No. 10 Washington, 3-2

April 6, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Two timely hits and a controversial play helped No. 8 Arizona State rally from a two-run deficit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat No. 10 Washington 3-2 Saturday at Farrington Stadium. Following the loss, the Huskies dropped their second straight to fall to 32-11 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 32-9 and 2-2 in conference play.

With the Huskies leading 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, UW starting pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) gave up a lead-off walk to start the inning. Bollinger, however, bounced back with consecutive strikeouts to move the Huskies to within one out of the victory.

The next ASU batter, rightfielder Kirsten Voak, then sent a grounder to the right side, which looked to be a routine play for UW second baseman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.). The ball, however, bounced over Nicholson, who was shielded on the play by pinch runner Kari Reidhead advancing from first to second. The Huskies tried unsuccessfully to argue that the ball hit Reidhead, who then would have been called out on the play for interference.

The Sun Devils took full advantage of the situation when the next batter, first baseman Nichole Thompson, hit a double to right-center field to score both Voak and Reidhead. After Bollinger was replaced by freshman Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) in the circle, ASU second baseman Missy Hixon collected her third hit of the night - the game winner - slapping a line drive over the head of rightfielder Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) as Thompson raced home from second.

Earlier in the game, Washington, who out hit its opponent (8-6) for the second straight night, was the first to break through. In the top of the fourth, freshman Kristen Rivera (Spokane, Wash.) belted her 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot, to also score junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), who had led-off the inning with a double.

Clark finished the game with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, extending both her current hitting (18 games) and consecutive games on-base streaks (53 games).

In the circle, Bollinger took the loss to fall to 14-6 overall, while ASU reliever Kristen Swetel earned the win to move to 6-0 in 2002.

The Huskies will get a chance to avenge the loss Sunday when the two schools face again at 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 2002 -
#10 Washington at #8 Arizona State - Farrington Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.)

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

E - Nicholson LOB: UW 6, ASU 5 DP - UW 1
2B - Clark, Hixon, Thompson HR - Rivera
SB - Clark SH - Fiske, Farber, Garcia
PB - Garcia
WP - Kristen Swetel (6-0) LP - Tia Bollinger (14-6)