No. 6 Washington Opens Postseason Play With Run-Rule Rout of Sixth-Seeded Oakland

May 16, 2002

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Sophomore pitcher Tia Bollinger fanned five and catcher Kristen Rivera drove in two runs as sixth-ranked Washington opened postseason play with an 8-0, five-inning win over the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University at Michigan's Alumni Field. The top-seeded Huskies will play their second game of the regional tournament Friday at 7 p.m. EDT against a team to be determined.

Washington's 1-2-3 combo of Becky Simpson, Rita Roach and Jaime Clark combined for six hits and seven runs to spark the Huskies's offense, which scored eight runs for the second time in the team's last five games.

The Huskies (45-16) wasted no time getting to Grizzlies' starter Jaymie Voss, who was tagged for two runs in the first inning and three more in the second. After Roach and Clark hit consecutive one-out singles in the first, Clark stole second and Rivera shot a base hit to right-center to put Washington up 2-0.

The Huskies loaded the bases in the second, scoring three unearned runs on two errors by Grizzlies' shortstop Erica Judge.

Sophomore Courtney Jeffries drew a leadoff walk, and pinch-runner Nicki Holt stole second. Freshman Steph Nicholson was hit by a pitch, and senior Becky Simpson slapped an infield single to second. With the bases full, Roach slapped a chopper back to the mound that Voss fielded in time to throw out Holt at the plate. Screened by the runner Simpson, Judge misplayed a grounder by Clark, scoring two, and then did the same on a grounder by Rivera to score Roach and give the Huskies a 5-0 lead.

Sophomore pitcher Tia Bollinger (20-9), meanwhile, befuddled Oakland's hitters with a mix of offspeed pitches, holding the Grizzlies hitless until a single by All-Mid-Continent Conference third baseman Ericka Burns in the third. It was the only hit surrendered in four innings of work by Bollinger, who also struck out five and walked two while allowing just two balls to be hit to the outfield.

In the fourth inning, Washington's hitters again capitalized on a pair of errors by Oakland (25-37-1). Simpson and Roach both singled before advancing on a balk by Voss. After Clark singled to score Simpson and put the Huskies up 6-0, the junior was caught in a pickle between first and second. With Clark trapped, Roach led off of third, drawing a throw by shortstop Judge which sailed over third baseman Burns, allowing Roach to score and Clark to advance to second. A booted ball by second baseman Catanzaro scored Clark for Washington's eighth run.

Oakland threatened to score off of Huskies' reliever Ashley Boek in the fifth when Bozenna Johnson walked and Valerie Hair ripped a pinch-hit double to the wall in left-center, putting runners on second and third with one out Clark gunned down Johnson at home on a fielder's choice, however, and Boek got Burns to end the game with a fly ball to Roach in center.

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