Softball Tops Wisconsin 11-0

March 13, 2004

SUNNYVALE, Calif.- The eighth-ranked Washington softball team (16-5) defeated Wisconsin 11-0 in five innings today in the championship bracket of the National Invitational Softball Tournament. The Huskies advance to the tournament semifinal this afternoon against Arizona State at 4 p.m.

Washington out hit the Badgers 11-2 and was led by junior Kristen Rivera and sophomore Sarah Hyatt with four RBIs apiece.

The Huskies set the tone early, scoring three runs in the first inning on four hits and two Wisconsin errors. Dominique Lastrapes led off with an infield single and advanced to third when the Badgers threw the ball away on a sacrifice bunt by Rita Roach. Hyatt then drilled a line drive into right field to score Lastrapes and Roach. Hyatt was thrown out on the play when she attempted to take second base on the throw to the plate. Rivera and Dena Tyson followed with singles and Kathy Fiske reached base on a dropped fly ball in centerfield to load the bases. Amanda Oleson delivered a sacrifice fly ball to left field that scored Rivera and the Huskies had the 3-0 lead.

Washington scored three more runs in the second inning on two hits. Courtney Jeffries reached base on a dropped third strike and moved to second on a walk to Lastrapes. Roach moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt and a Hyatt single to centerfield scored Jeffries. Rivera followed with a double to right-centerfield to score Lastrapes. After a Badger pitching change, Tyson drove in Hyatt with a ground out to the right side to put Washington on top 6-0.

The Huskies kept the scoring frenzy alive in the third inning, posting four more runs behind a two hit effort. UW loaded the bases with a fielder's choice, a walk and a single by Roach. Hyatt then drew a walk to score Jeffries and Rivera followed with a bases-clearing triple- the first of her career- to bring in three runs and make the score 10-0.

UW scored the final run of the game in the fourth frame when Oleson reached base on a fielder's choice and scored on back-to-back singles by Aimee Minor and Jeffries.

Junior hurler Ashley Boek (8-2) shut Wisconsin down in the top of the fifth inning to invoke the mercy rule and end the game. She held the Badgers to just two hits while striking out six.

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