No. 4 Softball Takes Two From Western Washington, 6-0 And 6-0

April 22, 2003

SEATTLE - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team out-hit Western Washington 21-3 this afternoon en route to a pair of 6-0 shutouts. The wins improve UW's record to 39-7-1, while the Vikings drop to 22-17.

The Huskies were led offensively by Kristen Rivera, who had two home runs and six runs batted in, dividing them up equally in the two games. That upped her team-leading totals to 19 home runs and 57 RBI.

In the opener, Ashley Boek tossed a one-hitter, striking out 10 and walking none. WWU's Jessi Williams' infield single to open the game was Boek's only blemish.

The Huskies, who had 11 hits, scored three runs in the third, the big hit a two-run single by Aimee Minor. Rivera had a run-scoring single in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth to complete their scoring.

Western's Amanda Grant (11-5), who pitched the first four innings, got the loss. She gave up four runs and nine hits, striking out two and walking three.

In the night cap, Husky pitcher Tia Bollinger (21-5) gave up just two hits, striking out six and not walking a single batter. She got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth, getting McPhee to ground into a double play.

The Huskies scored single runs in the first and second, Rivera having a run-scoring double and Amanda Oleson a RBI single, respectively. They scored two more in the fifth as Kathy Fiske and Courtney Jeffries had back-to-back run-scoring doubles, and Rivera smacked a two-run homer in the sixth.

The Huskies return to Pac-10 action this weekend when they host Stanford on Friday and California on Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday's games are slated for 2 p.m., while Sunday's first pitch will be thrown at 1 p.m.

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