No. 9 Softball Claims Fourth Straight With 3-1 Win Over No. 14 Oregon State

April 20, 2002

SEATTLE - The ninth-ranked Washington softball team evened it conference record at 5-5 with its fourth straight Pac-10 win, this time over 14th-ranked Oregon State, 3-1, Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium. With the victory, the Huskies moved to 36-13, while the Beavers fell to 32-14 and 5-6 in the Pac-10.

With the game scoreless through the first three and a half innings, the Huskies struck first in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.), who was later replaced by pinch runner Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.), started the rally with a one-out single to left field. After Holt went to second on a passed ball, Husky designated player Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) belted her first of two hits in the game through the left side to put runners at the corners. UW sophomore Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) then came through with two-strike single to left field to drive in Holt for the first run of the game.

The Huskies added two more runs to their lead when freshman catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) launched her fifth home run in the last four games to also score teammate Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), who had led-off the fifth inning with a double. Rivera's blast was her 15th of the season, tying Clark for the team lead in 2002.

The Oregon State offense struggled for most of the game, as UW hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) limited the Beavers to just three hits, while striking out seven through the first six innings.

Oregon State broke up Bollinger's shutout bid in the seventh when outfielder Jessica King doubled, advanced to third on a fielding error and scored on a fielder's choice. The Beavers kept the two-out rally going with a single by Clare Burnum, but OSU's Kelly Peterson was called out for runner's interference on the next play after running into Clark on a ground ball to shortstop.

Washington out hit the Beavers 12-6, including a 4-for-4 performance by lead-off hitter Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.). In the circle, Bollinger moved to 16-7 overall with the complete-game victory, while Oregon State starter Crystal Draper took the loss to fall to 10-4 in 2002.

The Huskies and Beavers face each other again Sunday at 1 p.m., to wrap up Washington's six-game home stand.

Saturday, April 20, 2002 -
#9 Washington vs. #14 Oregon State (Husky Softball Stadium)

Score By Innings R H E
OSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
UW 0 0 0 1 2 0 X 3 12 1

E - Fiske LOB - UW 11, OSU 7
2B - King, Clark HR - Rivera
SB - Simpson, Roach CS - Roach SH - J. Jodoin
WP - Tia Bollinger (16-7) LP - Crystal Draper (10-4)
(Bollinger and Rivera, Draper, Hunter (5) and Prochaska)

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