No. 5 Softball Drops Final Home Game To No. 21-Ranked Oregon, 6-5

May 4, 2003

SEATTLE - The fifth-ranked Washington softball team (40-13-1) dropped its final home game to No. 21-ranked Oregon (30-16, 8-10), 6-5 this afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium in front of 962 fans.

The Ducks opened the game with four runs off starter Tia Bollinger. Oregon quickly put runners in scoring position with a single to right field, a walk and a sacrifice bunt. Andrea Vidlund then hit a line drive off the right-centerfield wall that scored two. Alyssa Laux kept the Duck rally alive with a double off the left-center wall that scored Vidlund. Jenn Poore then singled to centerfield to bring home Laux and give Oregon the 4-0 advantage.

Washington answered in the bottom of the second frame with four runs on three hits and two Oregon errors. Dena Tyson led off the inning with a single to right field and advanced to third when Boskovich misplayed the ball. After a Husky pop-up, Sarah Hyatt drew a walk and Megan Owen laced a double into right field to score Tyson. Amanda Oleson followed with a hit to the second baseman that Erin Goodell couldn't handle and Hyatt scored. Rita Roach then singled to the short stop, driving home Owen. Oleson and Roach executed a double steal of second and third, forcing Oregon relief pitcher Anissa Meashintubby to walk Jaime Clark to load the bases with one out. Kristen Rivera then battled back from an 0-2 count to walk and bring in Oleson and make the score even at four.

Oregon regained the lead in the third inning when Janell Bergstrom singled home Vidlund. Vidlund had reached base on a walk and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt.

The Ducks pushed their lead to two runs in the fourth on a RBI single by Boskovich that scored Breanne Sabol to put Oregon on top, 6-4.

The Huskies battled back in the sixth inning, adding one run on two hits. Oleson started off the frame with a single to the second baseman and moved to third on a Roach sacrifice and a Husky ground out. Kathy Fiske singled to the shortstop to score Oleson and bring UW to within one at 6-5 but the Dawgs would get no closer as they went down in order in the seventh.

Husky reliever Ashley Boek (17-4) took the loss as she scattered five hits over six innings with eight strikeouts, including three in the seventh inning. Meashintubby (5-3) earned the win as she gave up six hits and struck out four in 4.1 innings. Amy Harris picked up her sixth save of the season for the Ducks.

Washington returns to action next week at Arizona State and Arizona. The Huskies open play versus ASU on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. and round out their Pac-10 schedule with a double header against Arizona at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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