No. 5 Softball and No. 16 South Carolina Get Washed Out

Feb. 21, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The fifth-ranked Washington softball team currently leads No. 16 South Carolina, 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth frame at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The game has been postponed until Saturday at noon due to heavy rain.

UW took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI double by Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.). With two outs, the Gamecocks walked Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) to put runners on first and second base. Fiske then drove a double into the right-center gap to score Clark and give UW the one run edge.

The Huskies scored an insurance run in the third frame on three hits. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a single up the middle and was moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.). Rivera followed with a single to the short stop and Fiske notched her second RBI of the game with a single to centerfield, which scored Oleson.

South Carolina battled back in the top of the fourth as Debralee Troesh hit a solo home run to pull the Gamecocks to within one. UW ace Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) sat the next three batters down in order, however, to get the Huskies out of the inning.

The game was suspended after the top of the sixth inning due to heavy rain that flooded the field. Washington and South Carolina will finish the game Saturday at noon (EST). UW will round out pool play Saturday night with a 5 p.m. game against No. 15 Michigan and a 7:00 p.m. match-up against Temple.

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