No. 3 Softball Downs Utah, 10-5

March 22, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The No. 3-ranked Washington softball team (30-2-1) recorded it 30th win of the season today with the 10-5 defeat of Utah at the Capital Classic. The Huskies notched 12 hits, including four home runs to run away with the victory and improve to 4-0 at the tournament.

Utah struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run by Melissa Stahnke.

Washington answered in the top of the second inning with one run and regained the lead with two more runs in the fourth. Dena Tyson (Corona, Calif.) hit her fifth home run of the season in the second frame to cut the lead to one, and a two-run home run by Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) in the fourth gave Washington the 3-2 advantage. Clark's blast, which hit the 300-foot secondary fence on the fly, also brought in Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) who had reached base on a single to right field.

The Huskies surged ahead in the sixth inning with five runs on sixth hits to go up, 8-2. Roach kicked off the rally with a bunt single and scored when Clark hit another 300-foot home run to left field. Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) then hit a single to right-centerfield and scored on Kathy Fiske's (Temecula, Calif.) ninth home run of the season. Tyson followed with a double to right-center and scored on a single up the middle by Sarah Hyatt (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.)

The Utes responded in the bottom half of the inning with three straight hits, including a three-run home run by Ivette Hernandez to cut the Husky lead to three.

Washington posted a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning to insure the win. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) led off the frame with a single up the middle and was moved to second on a Roach sacrifice bunt. Clark then drew a four-pitch walk. Rivera followed with a double to left-center, which scored Oleson and drew the throw to third where Clark slid in safely. The throw, however, got away from the third baseman and Clark was able to score to put the Dawgs on top, 10-5.

Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) earned the win for the Huskies as she scattered 12 hits and struck out four batters. Bollinger's season record now stands at 16-1.

Washington rounds out tournament play on Sunday with a single game versus Iowa at 9 a.m. The Huskies will then play an 11:00 a.m. game against Long Island, which will not count toward the tournament standings.

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