No. 5 Softball Upends No. 4 Texas

March 13, 2003

FULLERTON, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Washington softball team (24-2-1) defeated No. 4 Texas 7-1 to open pool play action at the Kia Klassic Thursday.

The Huskies got on board in the top of second inning, manufacturing a run on just one hit. Freshman Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) kicked off the rally with a two-out walk and moved to second base when Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) singled to shallow left-centerfield. The Dawgs then loaded the bases as Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) took a pitch in the left arm. Amanda Olseon (Agoura Hills, Calif.) then drew a five-pitch walk that allowed Tyson to trot home. Longhorn hurler Amy Bradford got herself out of the inning when Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) lined-out to second base.

UT challenged in the third frame but Washington's solid defense preserved the one-run lead. Tamara Poppe led off the inning with a single to right-centerfield and pinch runner Amber Hall moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. UW catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) eliminated the threat by picking off Hall at second base. The Longhorns managed to put another runner on second base on a hit and steal but a ground out to shortstop Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) got UW out of the inning.

Washington notched another run in the fourth inning off of Texas reliever Lizi Sowers. Tyson led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on an error by the UT shortstop. Oleson followed with a drive to left field to load the bases and Roach drove in Tyson with a single to centerfield. With two outs, the Longhorns brought in ace Cat Osterman who forced a ground out.

Texas chipped at UW's lead with a solo home run by Alexia Garcia in the bottom half of the inning to make the score, 2-1. Osterman then sat the Huskies down in order in the fifth, striking out the side.

Washington scored three runs in the sixth frame on three home runs. Minor led off the inning, blasting a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield fence and Owen followed with her first collegiate homer, also to center, on a 1-0 count. Clark kept the rally going with a double off the centerfield fence and Rivera crushed a home run to left field to put the Huskies up, 6-1.

The Dawgs scored one more run in the seventh inning on a single, two stolen bases and two errors. Tawney replaced Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) as a pinch runner after Hyatt reached base after a UT error. She then stole second and third. The Texas catcher's throw to third was errant, however, and allowed Tawney to cruise home.

UW hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) recorded her 12th win of the season (12-1) as she scattered six hits and one run, while striking out three. Bradford took the loss for Texas.

The Huskies continue pool play at the Kia Klassic with a 7 p.m. match-up against Hawaii. Washington defeated the Rainbow Wahine earlier this season with a 3-2 decision in Hawaii on Feb. 7.

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