No. 4 Softball Tops Ball State, 6-3

March 7, 2003

PLANT CITY, Fla. - The No. 4-ranked Washington softball team (20-1-1) defeated Ball State (0-6), 6-3, this evening to close out the second day of the Speedline Invitational.

The Huskies jumped on the scoreboard early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) led off the game being hit by a pitch and was replaced by Callie Bergan (Sammamish, Wash.). Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) then reached base on an error by the Cardinal short stop. After a UW strikeout, Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) singled into left field to load the bases. Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) hit a deep fly ball to centerfield that allowed Bergan to score and give Washington the 1-0 lead.

UW scored two more runs in the second inning on two hits and a Ball State error. Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley) led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a misplayed sacrifice bunt that put Amy Hanson (Mount Vernon, Wash.) on first. With one out, Bergan drew a walk to load the bases and a ground out by Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) to the right side scored Hyatt. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) followed with a single up the middle to score Hanson and give the Huskies the 3-0 edge.

The Cardinal responded in the third with three runs as they took advantage of three Husky errors and their only two hits of the game. With a single sandwiched between two strikeouts, Ball State loaded the bases on an error and another single. Washington then made three errors in the same play, allowing the Cardinal to score three runs in the confusion.

The Huskies regained the lead in the fourth frame, scoring a pair of runs on a hit, an error and two sacrifice flies. Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) kicked off the inning with a single up the middle. Bergan then reached base on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt, on which Minor beat out the throw to second base. Roach continued the rally, reaching base for the second time on a shortstop error to load the bases. Clark and Rivera followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies to score Minor and Bergan and push Washington's lead to 5-3.

UW scored an insurance run in the sixth on a single by Clark, a fielder's choice and an error.

Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) recorded the win as she scattered two hits over four innings, while punching out seven. Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) notched the save, giving up no runs in three innings of work.

Washington concludes the pool play portion of the Speedline Invitational with a 2 p.m. (EST) game versus North Carolina. The Huskies will then play a game Saturday night with the opponent and game time dependent upon tournament seeding.

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