Pair Of Oregon Homers Sink Washington Softball
April 16, 2004
SEATTLE- Oregon used a pair of solo home runs to upset the fifth-ranked Washington softball team, 2-1 this afternoon at the Husky Softball Stadium. Washington dips to 28-8 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10 while the 14th-ranked Ducks improve to 31-10 overall and 5-2 in conference play.
The game unfolded like a classic pitchers' duel between UW's Ashley Boek (19-5) and Oregon's Anissa Nyhus (16-6). Nine of the first 12 outs of the game were by strikeout- five against the Huskies and four against the Ducks.
Oregon threatened in the second inning as a pair of walks put runners on first and second with one out. Boek froze Kristi Leiter on strikes for the second out. Erin Goodell then hit a ball up the middle that bounced off of Boek's glove, then Oleson's but second baseman Dominique Lastrapes fielded the ball the threw it home to Kristen Rivera. Rivera chased runner Beth Boskovich down back toward third base to get out of the inning.
After five consecutive Husky strikeouts to start the game, Washington picked up its first hit of the game in the third with a single up the middle by Amanda Oleson. After a pop-up by Courtney Jeffries, Rita Roach went down on strikes and Oleson was thrown out on an attempted steal at second.
The Ducks opened the fourth inning with a pair of strikeouts before recording their first hit of the day on a Dani Baird single up the middle. Boek froze her fourth batter of the day to get out of the inning.
Washington put itself in scoring position in the fourth inning when Lastrapes led off with a single to centerfield and moved to second when Rivera was hit by a pitch. Nyhus got Dena Tyson to ground out to third base to keep the game scoreless.
Oregon led off the fifth inning with a solo home run by Leiter- her third of the season- to put the Ducks on top 1-0.
Washington manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth on just one hit to knot the score at 1-1. With one out, Lastrapes doubled to left field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Aimee Minor. Sarah Hyatt worked a full count before hitting a ground ball to the shortstop. Breanne Sabol misplayed the ball and Lastrapes scored on the play.
Oregon hit the game-winner in the top of the seventh with a leadoff home run by Goodell. It marked her first home run of the season.
Washington went quietly in the bottom of the seventh, going down in order.
Nyhus earned the win as she scattered three hits, struck out 11 and walked one. Boek took the loss as she gave up five hits, struck out 11 and walked four.
The Huskies return to Pac-10 action tomorrow with a 2 p.m. game vs. 15th-ranked Oregon State. The game will air live on Fox Sports Net.