#8 Softball Hands #7 Stanford Its Seventh Straight Pac-10 Loss, 1-0

April 26, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Despite only having two hits, the No. 8 University of Washington softball team took advantage of a Stanford fielding error to score the game's only run in the top of the seventh for a 1-0 victory Friday at Smith Family Stadium. With the win, the Huskies swept their three game series against the Cardinal this season, moving to 38-14 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-10, while Stanford fell to 37-12 overall and 4-9 in conference play.

The game remained scoreless through the first six and a third innings, as the Huskies managed just one hit - a short infield dribbler by freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) in the top of the fourth.

Stanford, meanwhile, kept the Husky defense busy, putting runners on base in five of the seven innings. The Cardinal's best scoring opportunity came in the sixth, when Sarah Beeson, who walked with one out, tried to score from second on a single up the middle by leftfielder Cassie Brangham. Beeson, however, was thrown out at the plate by UW sophomore centerfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.).

The UW started its final at-bat in the seventh with Rivera reaching base on a hit by pitch. After sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) flied out to left field, freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) came through with the key hit of the inning, laying a perfect bunt down the third base line, which Cardinal Leah Nelson let go, hoping that the ball would roll foul. The ball, however, sat fair to put runners at first and second.

The next batter, sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.), hit Stanford pitcher Tori Nyberg's (21-7) first pitch into the ground toward the left side. Third baseman Nelson was unable come up with the ball, which then rolled off shortstop Robin Walker's legs behind third base, allowing pinch runner Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) to score all the way from second base for the game's only run.

Washington pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) then preserved the 1-0 lead by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the seventh, striking out Nelson for the third out and the win. Bollinger finished the game by allowing five hits and striking out five to move to 17-7 in 2002.

Washington heads to No. 6 California for a two-game series with the Golden Bears, April 27-28.

Friday, April 26, 2002 -
#8 Washington at #7 Stanford - Smith Family Stadium (Stanford, Calif.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
STAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 5 1

E - Nelson DP - UW 2 LOB: UW 4, STAN 5
SB - Mendoza, Shook CS - Roach
SH - Raoch, Allister
WP - Tia Bollinger (17-7) LP - Tori Nyberg (21-7)
(Bollinger and Rivera; Nyberg and Allister)

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