Freshman Boek Fans 10 to Lead Sixth-Ranked Huskies to NCAA Regional Win

May 17, 2002

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Freshman Ashley Boek equaled a career-high with 10 strikeouts Friday to lead top-seeded Washington to a 4-1 win over four-seed Central Michigan at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor. The Huskies advance to face second-seeded Michigan -- which defeated Ohio State 3-0 -- in the regional semi-final Saturday at 4:30 p.m. EST. Central Michigan was eliminated with its second loss of the tournament.

Boek (19-2) bailed out a Husky defense that committed a season-high four errors. The freshman pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits, one unearned run and walked none. Boek held the Chippewas to just 3-for-13 hitting with runners in scoring position, and allowed just two fly balls to the outfield.

Junior Jaime Clark, an All Pac-10 first-team selection at shortstop, was charged with two errors but atoned for her defensive lapses with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate, including a team-high two RBIs.

The Chippewas (39-16) threatened in the first, with leadoff hitter Becky Manson ripping a hard single to left, one of three hits for the senior in the game. Manson advanced to second on the first of two passed balls by Huskies' catcher Kristen Rivera, and to third on a groundout by Central Michigan's Lindsey Horvath. Boek then took over, fanning Karly McCormack to end an epic 13-pitch at-bat, and striking out leftfielder Jen Skuta to close out the inning.

In all, Boek held Central Michigan's 2-3-4 hitters 0-for-12, including six of her 10 strikeouts.

Washington (46-16) took the lead in the second, as sophomore Courtney Jeffries singled home first baseman Amanda Oleson, who reached on a double to left-center. Megan Owen followed up Jeffries' hit with a single to right, but rightfielder Christina Sobeck gunned down Jeffries at the plate.

In the bottom half of the frame, centerfielder Sarah Hamilton launched a double to the warning track in left field, marking the second of five innings in which the Chippewas put the leadoff hitter on base. Three batters and two outs later, designated player Devon Burzynski reached on an infield single that deflected off the glove of Huskies' third baseman Kathy Fiske, who leaped to make the play. The Chippewas lone run came on the next play, as Hamilton scored on an error by Clark to even the score at 1-1. An infield single loaded the bases, but Boek fanned Horvath for the third out.

Clark redeemed herself in the third, driving in senior Becky Simpson with an RBI single to right-center, and did so again on a nearly identical play in the fifth, putting Washington ahead 3-1. Oleson rapped a grounder to second which de la Vega scooped up and threw past McCormack to the fence behind first base, allowing a hard-charging Clark to score the Huskies' fourth and final run.

In the sixth, the Chippewas put runners on first and second with a single to left and an error by sophomore infielder Steph Nicholson. With Burzynski at the plate, Rivera rifled a throw to second in time to pick off pinch-runner Danessa Wolfe. A pair of groundouts ended the Chippewas' charge, and Boek retired all three opposing hitters in the seventh to earn her second-career complete game.

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