Softball Mercy-Rules Mississippi State In Six Innings, 8-0

May 16, 2003

LINCOLN, Neb. - With an eight-run sixth inning, the No. 1 seed Washington softball team (44-14-1) walloped No. 4 Mississippi State (34-29), 8-0. Jaime Clark invoked the eight-run mercy-rule with a three-run walk-off home run to end the game.

The game was scoreless through five innings as Washington's Tia Bollinger and MSU's Jennifer Nelson were locked in a pitcher's duel. Bollinger held the Bulldogs to three hits with one strikeout, while Nelson limited the Huskies to two hits with one strikeout.

Both teams threatened through the first five frames with the Dawgs stranding four base runners and MSU marooning five.

UW broke the game open in the sixth inning, scoring eight runs on four hits over 10 at-bats. Clark led off the frame with a single up the middle and the Huskies loaded the bases with consecutive walks to Kristen Rivera and Kathy Fiske. Freshman Dena Tyson then delivered the clutch hit, a double to the right-center gap that scored Clark and pinch runner Traci Tawney.

Sarah Hyatt kept the rally going, drilling a hit down the third base line that Tanelda McDonald misplayed, allowing Fiske to score. Aimee Minor then hit into a fielder's choice that got Hyatt out at second but moved Tyson to third. Minor showed some heads-up base running, stealing second on the play on the throw back to the pitcher.

With two outs, Clark hit the game-ender, blistering her 15th home run of the season on a full-count pitch over the left-center wall to give Washington the eight-run lead and second round victory.

The Huskies advance to Saturday's third round game versus the winner of the No. 3 seed Iowa/ No. 7 seed Hofstra match-up. Game time is slated for 1:30 p.m. (PT).

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