Washington Softball Falls To California

April 23, 2004

SEATTLE- The fifth-ranked Washington softball team jumped out to the early 1-0 lead over No. 4 California today at the Husky Softball Stadium but could not hang on as the Golden Bears cruised to the 6-1 victory. The loss dips UW to 32-9 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-10, while Cal improves to 39-8 and 5-5 in conference play.

Heavy rain halted the game for 50 minutes in the bottom of the first inning but when the skies cleared, junior Sarah Hyatt launched her 10th home run of the season over the right field wall to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead.

Washington continued to pressure the Cal defense, loading the bases on a single by Kristen Rivera and walks to Dena Tyson and Kathy Fiske. California hurler Kristina Thorson (18-2) worked her way out of the jam with her first of seven strikeouts on the day.

UW ace Ashley Boek (21-6) kept the Bears in check through three innings, allowing just one base runner with a walk in the first inning.

California opened the game wide-open in the fourth inning, scoring three runs on three hits to take the lead. After a leadoff strikeout, Kaleo Eldredge and Haley Woods sparked the Golden Bear rally with back-to-back singles to shallow centerfield. Boek got Jessica Panamanian to ground out to second base for the second out but walked the next two batters to bring in Eldredge.

Jessica Vernalia then singled through the left side to score Woods and Chelsea Spencer to give California the 3-1 edge.

The Golden Bears scored insurance runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.

Washington recorded its first hit since the first inning in the bottom of the seventh with a Tyson single but couldn't move the runner.

Boek took the loss as she gave up eight hits and three walks, while striking out six.

Thorson picked up the win as she held Washington to just three hits and struck out seven.

The Huskies return to Pac-10 action Saturday when they host 10th-ranked Stanford at 2 p.m. The game can be followed on the gohuskies.com web site and will air live on KKNW 1150 AM radio.

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