No. 6 Softball Defeats Louisville, 6-4

Feb. 8, 2003

Honolulu - The sixth-ranked Washington softball team (3-0) tallied 12 hits en route to the 6-4 victory over Louisville (0-4) this evening at the Chevron Paradise Classic.

The Huskies got on the scoreboard in the first inning on a hit and two Cardinal errors. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) reached base on an error and stole second base to start the UW rally. Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) followed with a fielder's choice that placed her on second when Louisville botched a play on Oleson at third. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) grounded out to the right side, allowing Oleson to score and Roach to advance to third. Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) followed up with a ground out to the right side to score Roach and put UW up, 2-0.

Washington added to its lead in the second inning with a pair of runs on three hits and an error. Freshman Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) scored on an error by the first baseman after reaching base on a single to the short stop. Oleson reached base on the error and scored on a double by Roach.

The Huskies pushed their lead to six with two more runs in the third inning. Rivera led off the inning with a solo home run over the center field fence. Amy Hanson (Mount Vernon, Wash.) made the score 6-0 after getting on base with a single and scoring on an error by the short stop.

Louisville chipped at Washington's lead with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Cardinal started the fourth with four straight singles to score Keola Calderon. Lisa McMillian then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Wood and cut the score to 6-2. In the fifth, Louisville hit back-to home runs by Alma Navarrete and Calderon to pull within two at 6-4. Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) entered the game in relief of starter Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) and got the Huskies out of the jam with two groundouts.

UW scored an insurance run in the sixth on three hits. Clark kicked off the inning with a single through the right side but was thrown out at the plate, trying to score on a Rivera single to center field. Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) followed with a single to right field to place runners on first and third. A Cardinal wild pitched scored Rivera to give Washington the 7-4 lead and eventual victory.

Boek recorded two strikeouts in the seventh inning to preserve the win, while giving up no hits in 2.2 innings to get the save. Scott (1-0) earned the win for Washington, giving up seven hits and striking out five.

The Huskies are now 3-0 on the season and will play tournament host Hawaii this evening at 8 p.m. (HT) to determine Sunday's bracket seeding. The Rainbow Wahine (2-0) are also undefeated in the Paradise Chevron Classic and play Santa Clara at 6 p.m.

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