No. 4 Softball Crushes Northwestern, 9-0

March 1, 2003

FULLERTON, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (15-0-1) dominated Northwestern, 9-0, over five innings for its third win of the Worth Invitational and the 500th of head coach Teresa Wilson's Husky career. UW peppered the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the second and third innings and five runs in the fourth to force the mercy rule and end the game in the fifth frame.

The Huskies scored a pair of runs in the second inning on a two-out home run by freshman Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.). The blast also scored Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) who led off the inning with a single down the left field line.

Washington added to its lead in the third on two hits and an error. Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an error by the catcher. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) then drew a two-out walk to put runners on first the second. Rivera followed with a screaming double into left field, scoring Owen and Clark, to give UW the 4-0 lead.

The Huskies poured on the hits in the fourth inning, batting around the order to score five more runs as the first six batters reached base safely. Minor led off the inning with a walk and Amy Hanson (Mount Vernon, Wash.) got on first base on an error by the short stop. Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) then drilled a hit to the left side that the short stop misplayed, scoring Minor and putting Hanson and Tyson on third and second. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) continued the rally, singling to the first baseman to load the bases. A throwing error by Northwestern's pitcher scored Hanson and put Owen on first base. After a fielder's choice, Rivera grounded out to the second baseman, which allowed Oleson to score. Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) then delivered a two-out single up the middle to score Owen and Clark to push the lead to nine.

Washington ace Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) closed out the game with two strikeouts and a weak comebacker to the mound to pick up her eighth win of the season. Bollinger limited NU to just five hits, while striking out four en route to her second shutout of the season.

The Huskies continue tournament action with a game against Pacific at noon today.

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