No. 6 Softball Pounds FIU, 8-0

Feb. 15, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 6 Washington softball team (8-0) defeated Florida International (4-8), 8-0, Saturday, after the game had started Friday and was postponed due to weather.

Washington took the early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run blast over the left field fence by Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.). The hit drove in Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) who had reached base after being hit by a pitch.

Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) led off the third inning for the Huskies, working a 3-2 count, including five foul balls before the game was forced into a rain delay, The Huskies assisted the grounds crew in tarping the field for the second time in as many games and waited out the 42 minute storm. When the skies cleared, Minor laced the first pitch into right field for a triple. After two UW outs, freshman Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) drilled a ball up the middle of the infield to score Minor and put Washington on top, 3-0.

UW pushed its lead to five in the fourth inning on two hits, a walk and a Panther error. Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) reached base on an error by the second baseman and Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) walked to put runners on first and second. Minor then hit a stand-up double off the centerfield wall to score Tyson and Oleson and give the Huskies the 5-0 lead. Washington's momentum was then halted as more rain forced the game to be suspended until Saturday morning.

Back at the ballpark on Saturday, the Huskies put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs to force the eight-run mercy rule. Oleson led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Minor followed with a walk and the runners advanced to second and third on a FIU wild pitch. Clark then delivered a two-run double to left centerfield to score Oleson and Minor. Rivera walked on four straight pitches to set up the game-ender for Callie Bergan (Issaquah, Wash.). Bergan worked a full count before driving a single into right center field to score Clark for her first collegiate hit and RBI.

Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) recorded the win for UW, holding FIU to two hits and striking out five.

Washington will take on Northwestern today at 2 p.m. (MST) and will finish tournament play Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against Minnesota.

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