No. 5 Softball Falls To No. 21 Oregon In Extra-Innings, 6-5

May 3, 2003

SEATTLE - The No. 5 Washington softball team dropped an eight-inning nail-biter to No. 21 Oregon this afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium in front of 760 fans. Jaime Clark blasted her 12th home run of the year in the bottom of the seventh inning to become the school's all-time career RBI leader (228) and push the game into extra-innings but UW couldn't hold on as an Oregon homer by Jenn Poore in the eighth lifted the Ducks to the 6-5 victory. The loss drops the Huskies to 40-12-1 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-10, while Oregon improves to 29-16 and 7-10 in conference action.

The Ducks broke up a scoreless game in the top of the third inning with a solo home run by Amber Hutchison.

Washington evened the score in the fourth inning with two hits and an Oregon error. Jaime Clark led off the frame with a double off the top of the left-center wall. The Ducks then intentionally walked Kristen Rivera for the second time of the day to bring up Kathy Fiske. Fiske belted a single to centerfield but Rivera got caught between second and third on the play, which forced Clark to try and make it home. The throw from Oregon shortstop Breanne Sabol was in time and Clark was tagged out at home. After a Husky ground out, Sarah Hyatt reached base on an error by Sabol that scored Rivera to knot the score at 1-1.

Oregon regained the lead in the fifth inning with four runs on three hits and two Husky errors. Breanne Sabol and Amber Hutchison reached base to start the inning on an error and a hit-by-pitch. A ground out moved runners to second and third and Sabol scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Beth Boskovich. Andrea Vidlund kept the rally alive with a single to the short stop to bring home Hutchison and a ground out by Laux and a single by Jenn Poore scored two more to put the Ducks on top, 5-1.

The Huskies chipped away at the Oregon lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs with two outs to come within one run at 5-4. Back-to-back two-out walks to Sarah Hyatt and Amy Hanson kicked off the comeback. Rita Roach then drove a single up the middle to score pinch runner Traci Tawney. Amanda Oleson followed with a two-RBI triple to right field to plate Hanson and Roach.

Tia Bollinger struck out the side in the top of the seventh to set-up the late inning heroics by Clark. Leading off the frame, Clark blasted the first pitched over the left-center wall to knot the score at 5-5. Her 228th run batted in ranks No. 8 on the NCAA Division I all-time charts.

Poore hit the eventual game-winner in the eighth, with a solo shot over the left field wall. It was her fourth home run of the season.

Bollinger (22-8) took the loss, giving up two hits and one run in 3.2 innings, while fanning five. Vidlund (5-1) earned the win, despite giving up six hits in 1.2 innings of work with one strikeout.

Washington and Oregon are now tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 7-10 records. The teams will play the final game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday will also mark the final home games for seniors Clark and Tawney.

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