Softball Upsets No. 2 UCLA In Home Opener

April 9, 2004

SEATTLE- The seventh-ranked Washington softball team (27-7, 3-0 Pac-10) used a three-run sixth inning to erase a one-run deficet against No. 2 UCLA (27-7, 0-3 Pac-10) and pick up the 3-1 victory this afternoon in the Huskies' home opener. The win marked the first for Washington over the Bruins in seven tries and maintains UW's first place standing in the Pac-10 Conference.

The Bruins got on board in the third inning when Claire Sua hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield wall.

UCLA pitcher Lisa Dodd (11-2) held UW to just two hits through the first five innings but a patient Husky line-up drew six walks to pressure the freshman hurler.

Washington kicked off a late-inning rally in the bottom of the sixth when a high fly ball by Kristen Rivera dropped in shallow centerfield. Rivera wound up on second base when the leftfielder, center fielder and shortstop collided on the play. Dena Tyson followed with a four-pitch walk. Kathy Fiske then laced a ball down the left line that third basman Andrea Duran fielded, then stepped on her bag to threw to first base for the would-be double-play but the ball was ruled foul.

Bruins coach Sue Enquist and assistant Gina Vecchione came out of the dugout to argue the call and Vecchione was ejected from the game. Fiske pop-up to shortstop after working a full-count but Amanda Oleson drew a walk to load the bases. Senior Courtney Jeffries followed with a flare that fell just out of second baseman Caitlin Benyi's reach as she was playing up for the force at home. The hit scored Jessica Wilkinson who was pinch running for Rivera.

The Huskies then brought in freshman Robyn Wike to pinch hit for slapper Rita Roach and she was plunked by Dodd's first offering to score Tyson and give UW the 2-1 edge. Freshman Dominique Lastrapes followed with a single through the right side to score Oleson and give the Huskies the 3-1 lead headed into the seventh inning.

Junior hurler Ashley Boek (18-4) sat UCLA's down in order to earn the win. She scatted four hits on the day while striking out six in her third Pac-10 win of the season.

Washington and UCLA will face off again on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game is sold out but a limited number of standing room only tickets will be available at noon. The game can also be heard live on KKNW-1150 AM radio.

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