Washington Softball Defeats Arizona State

May 14, 2004

SEATTLE- Aimee Minor drove in Amanda Oleson in the third inning to break open a 3-3 tie and lift the seventh-ranked Washington softball team (36-15) to victory over Arizona State (33-29) this afternoon at the Husky Softball Stadium. Washington improves to 10-8 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils dip to 3-15 in conference play.

Washington jumped out to the quick 3-0 lead in the first inning on two hits and a Sun Devil error. Dominique Lastrapes led off the frame with a single through the left side and Minor reached on a throwing error by the third baseman. After a UW out, ASU intentionally walked Kristen Rivera to load the bases. Dena Tyson then drew a walk to score Lastrapes and force an Arizona State pitching change.

Bree DeSanta came in to relieve starter Desiree Sorano and threw a wild pitch allowing Minor to score from third. DeSanta then hit Kathy Fiske with a pitch to load the bases and a single by Courntey Jeffries scored Rivera to give Washington the 3-0 advantage.

Arizona State scored an unearned run in the top of the second inning on one hit and two Husky errors. Himmita Hixson singled with a high chopper to the shortstop. Katie Cobos then reached on an error by the shortstop. The relay throw went to third base and Fiske attempted to get Cobos out at second but the throw went into right field, allowing Hixson to score to cut Washington's lead to 3-1.

The Huskies loaded the bases in the bottom half of the second with singles by Lastrapes and Minor and a walk to Rivera but a fielder's choice and a strikeout got ASU out of the inning unscathed.

Arizona State rallied in the third inning, knotting the score at 3-3 on three hits and a pair of walks. Kristin Crenshaw and Phelan Wright led off with back-to-back walks and Valerie Sevilla singled to left field to load the bases. Keri Pulcifer then drove a hit up the middle of the infield to score Crenshaw and Wright.

With no outs and runners on first and third, Ashley Werschky dropped a squeeze bunt but UW pitcher Ashley Boek quickly scooped the ball and flipped it to Rivera at the plate to get the out. Himmita Hixson followed hit a dribbler to third for the infield single. Cobos then hit into a double play with a hard hit to the pitcher. Boek got the out at home and Rivera threw to third to get out of the inning.

Washington regained the lead in the bottom of the third on just one hit. Amanda Oleson led off with a double to left field. Jeffries and Lastrapes each drew walks and a fielder's choice by Minor scored Oleson to give UW the 4-3 edge.

The Huskies added two more runs in the fifth inning when Sarah Hyatt hit her 12th home run of the season over the left field wall. The blast scored Minor who had led off with a double down the left field line and gave the Dawgs the 6-3 lead.

Boek (25-10) faced no more than four batters in the last four innings to pick up the victory. She scattered six hits and struck out four. DeSanta (10-12) took the loss for ASU as she allowed eight hits and three runs, while striking out five.

The Huskies close out the regular season with a pair of Pac-10 games against top-ranked Arizona Saturday at noon.

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