Washington Softball Picks Up 30th Win Of The Season

April 18, 2004

SEATTLE- Senior Amanda Oleson's three RBIs lifted the fifth-ranked Washington softball team to victory over No. 15 Oregon State, 3-5, this afternoon at the Husky Softball Stadium. The Huskies improve to 30-8 overall and 6-1 in the Pac-10, while OSU dips to 36-15 overall and 2-7 in conference action.

The Huskies, who have fallen behind in all seven of their Pac-10 games this season, let Oregon State jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning when Adrienne Alo hit a two-run home run.

Washington responded in the second frame with two runs on two hits. Kristen Rivera led off the inning with a double to left centerfield and Dena Tyson followed with a walk. Oleson then belted a double into the left-center gap to score Rivera and a sacrifice fly by Courtney Jeffires scored Tyson.

The Huskies took the lead in the fourth inning on four hits. Tyson led off with a single up the middle. Kathy Fiske then belted a double into left centerfield but the relay from shortstop Kelly Peterson picked Tyson at the plate.

Oleson followed with a double to left-center to score pinch runner Jessica Wilkinson and Oleson scored on a Rita Roach single down the left field line to give Washington the 4-2 advantage.

The Beavers cut the Husky lead to one in the fifth, scoring a run on a single and three walks.

Washington scored an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as Oleson's single to left field scored pinch runner Jamie Rau from second. Rau was running for Rivera who had reached base on a walk and moved into scoring position on a two-out fielder's choice that didn't yield an out.

Junior hurler Ashley Boek (20-5) sat the Beavers down in order in the sixth and seventh innings to earn the victory. She held Oregon State to three hits, while fanning eight.

OSU's Brianne McGowan took the loss as she allowed three runs on four hits over 3.1 innings of work. Reliever Monica Hoffman scattered three hits over the final 2.2 innings and struck out one.

Washington's 6-1 Pac-10 record marks its best start since 2000 when it went 9-1 to open league play and its second-best Pac-10 start ever.

The Huskies return to action next Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader against Portland State. The first pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

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