No. 3 Softball Drops To No. 2 UCLA, 5-2

April 18, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Washington's third-ranked softball team (37-6-1) dropped a tough 5-2 game to No. 2 UCLA (35-5) after holding a two-run lead through five and a half innings.

The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, manufacturing a run on just one hit. Kristen Rivera led off the rally, drawing a walk after an 0-2 count against UCLA's ace Keira Goerl. Rivera advance to second base on a Kathy Fiske sacrifice bunt and scored when freshman Dena Tyson crushed her eighth double of the season off the right centerfield wall.

The Bruins challenged Washington hurler Ashley Boek in the third inning, loading the bases with a single and a pair of walks. With two outs, Boek got clean-up hitter Claire Sua to fly out to centerfielder Rita Roach and get out of the jam as UCLA stranded three runners.

The Huskies increased their lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning on one hit and a Bruin fielding error. Aimee Minor led off the frame with a one-hopper to the mound that Goerl misplayed. Washington put runners on first and second with a sacrifice by Megan Owen and a walk to Roach. Jaime Clark then delivered a two-out single to left field to score Minor. The RBI was the 227th of Clark's career to tie her for the Husky record with Jen Cline (1993-96).

UCLA took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring five unearned runs after a two-out Husky error. The Bruins had runners on first and third with two outs when Tairia Mims hit a high fly ball to right field that Minor dropped for her first error of the season. Mims reached third on the play and two runs scored to knot the game 2-2. Sua made matters worse for the Huskies following the error with a two-run home run to left field. UCLA scored the final run of the inning with a double and a single to score pinch runner Amanda Simpson to take the 5-2 lead.

Boek (16-2) earned the loss for Washington despite giving up no earned runs. She scattered eight hits and struck out two. Goerl (25-5) notched the win as she held UW to two hits, while walking six and striking out eight.

The Huskies will look to even the score when they square off against the Bruins on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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