No. 6 Softball Defeats Arkansas, 12-3

Feb. 14, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 6 Washington (7-0) softball team used 14 hits, including four home runs to defeat Arkansas (5-5), 12-2, this afternoon in the opening day of the Arizona Pepsi Classic.

Washington jumped out on top in the first inning with a solo home run by Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) over the left-centerfield bleachers.

The Lady Razorbacks threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. UW ace Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) worked her way out of trouble with a weak ground ball up the middle that Clark scooped at second to turn the double play and get the Huskies out of the jam.

Washington tallied three more runs in the second inning on four hits and an error. Sophomore Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) led off the rally with a single up the middle. Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) followed with a bunt single after pushing the ball by the first baseman. After a Husky out, Amy Hanson (Mount Vernon, Wash.) punched a ball up the middle to score Fiske and Hyatt scored when the throw home got passed the catcher. A single by Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) up the middle scored Hanson and gave the Huskies the 4-1 edge.

Arkansas cut UW's lead to three in the bottom of the second inning with a leadoff single by Julie Young and a RBI double down the left field line by Shana Easley. With Easley on second, the Arizona skies opened up and the teams faced a 1:51 rain delay. Back on the field, the Razorbacks sacrificed Easley to third. UW left fielder Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) then made a diving catch to preserve a run. Boek got out of the inning with a weak come-backer to the mound.

The Huskies found their groove in the top of the third inning, blasting seven hits for six runs. With one out, Washington strung together six hits, led by Kristen Rivera's (Perris, Calif.) line-drive single to center. Fiske and Hyatt built momentum with back-to-back home runs to center field. Tyson and Hanson followed with doubles to left field. Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) then singled up the middle and scored on a double by Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) to put UW up, 10-1.

Arkansas plated a run in the bottom of the third on a single by Ruth Atkins and a double by Kim Eiben to cut the lead to 10-2.

UW made up the difference in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Rivera to dead centerfield, giving Washington the 11-2 advantage.

The Lady Razorbacks kept fighting, manufacturing another run in the bottom of the fourth inning on four singles to make the score 11-3 but would get no closer. The Huskies scored another run in the fifth inning on two walks and a RBI single by Rivera for the final score of 12-3.

UW hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) came in to pitch relief in the bottom of the fifth and preserve the mercey-rule victory (up by eight or more runs after the fifth inning) as she sat the Lady Razorbacks down in order.

Boek earned the win, scattering 10 hits and three runs, while striking out one.

Washington continues tournament play today with a game against Florida International at 1:30 p.m.

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