No. 5 Softball Tops No. 15 Michigan, 5-3

Feb. 23, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Despite being rained out for the second times in as many days at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, No. 5 Washington resumed its Saturday game on Sunday morning and defeated No. 15 Michigan, 5-3. The win marked head coach Teresa Wilson's 700 career win (700-384-1) which encompasses stints at Oregon, Minnesota and Washington.

Washington posted a run in the top of the second inning to take the early lead. Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) and Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) led off the frame with back-to-back singles and the Huskies loaded the bases when Amy Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. Amy Hanson (Mount Vernon, Wash.) then drove in Fiske who beat out the throw home to put UW up, 1-0.

The Huskies added to their lead in the fourth inning, manufacturing another run on two hits and a sacrifice bunt. Minor led off the rally with a single up the middle and was moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Hanson. With two outs, Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) laced a hit through the right side and gave Washington the 2-0 lead.

UW threatened again in the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out before the game was suspended due to rain. The Huskies and Wolverines returned to the field Sunday morning with freshman Dena Tyson at the plate. Tyson reached base on an error by the first baseman which scored two runs to give UW the 4-1 cushion.

The Huskies added another run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Fiske and Hyatt.

Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) earned her fifth win for Washington, scattering three hits over five innings, while fanning five. Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) tallied the save with two hits allowed and two strikeouts.

Washington will round out tournament play with an 11 a.m. game against Temple.

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