Softball Stuns UCLA In Come From Behind Victory

April 10, 2004

SEATTLE- Kathy Fiske's three-run home run capped off a five-run fifth inning for the Washington softball team (28-7, 4-0 Pac-10) as the Huskies came from behind to defeat No. 2 UCLA (27-5, 0-4 Pac-10), 6-5, this afternoon in front of a sold out crowd of 1,416 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. The 4-0 start to the conference season marks UW's best start in school history.

UCLA came out strong in the first inning, sparked with a leadoff home run by Caitlyn Benyi on just the second pitch of the game. Andrea Duran followed with a single up the middle and Clarie Sua drew a full-count walk. Jodie Legaspi then singled down the left field line to score Duran and put the Bruins on top 2-0.

UCLA scored another run in the second inning after the loading the bases on a walk to Benyi, single by Duran and walk to Stephanie Ramos. Sua then drew a walk to score Benyi. Washington hurler Tia Bollinger worked her way out of the jam when Legaspi grounded into a fielders choice with the out at the plate and Emily Zaplatosch flew out to right field.

Washington battled back in the third inning when Kristen Rivera belted her 14th home run of the season over the left field wall to make the score 3-1.

The Bruins scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning on one hit and two Husky errors. Leadoff hitter Lisa Dodd reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop and Ashley Herrera chopped a single through the left side of the infield to force a UW pitching change. Ashley Boek (19-4), the winner in yesterday's game against the Bruins, relieved Bollinger and walked Tara Henry on a full-count to load the bases with no outs.

Boek got Benyi and Duran to hit into back-to-back fielders choices with outs at home plate but hit Ramos with a pitch to score Henry. Sua then hit into a fielder's choice that was mis-played at third, which allowed Benyi to score and give UCLA the 5-1 lead.

The Huskies roared back in the bottom of the fifth with five runs on three hits. Rita Roach led off the inning with a walk, moved to second base on a ground out by Dominique Lastrapes and scored on a single up the middle by Aimee Minor. Minor advanced to second on a ground out by Sarah Hyatt and the Bruins intentionally walked Rivera to put runners on first and second with two outs. Dena Tyson then laced a single up the middle, which scored Minor and the runners advanced to second and third on the throw to the plate. Fiske followed with her fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field, to give Washington the 6-5 lead and eventual win.

Boek closed out the final six outs of the game with five strikeouts to earn her 19th win of the season. Boek allowed no hits in three innings of relief. Bollinger gave up eight hits and struck out three in four innings.

UCLA's Kiera Goerl (15-3) took the loss as she allowed six runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

The Huskies continue their three-week homestand next weekend when they host Oregon and Oregon State April 16-18. Friday's first pitch against the Ducks has been moved up an hour to a 1 p.m. start.

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