Washington Softball Shuts Out Georgia Tech

May 22, 2004

ATHENS, Ga.- The top-seeded Washington softball team (39-17) used a two-run fifth inning and a seven-strikeout performance by pitcher Ashley Boek to shutout Georgia Tech (47-18) in the regional semifinal this afternoon. The game included two weather delays, extending the contest to just over four hours.

Washington advances to the regional championship for the second-straight year and will face either Michigan State, Georgia or Georgia Tech in Sunday's final at noon. Michigan State and Georgia play today at 5:00 pm and that winner plays Georgia Tech this evening to determine Washington's championship opponent.

'The team did a good job of relaxing and maintaining focus with the delay,' said co-head coach Steve Dailey. 'All in all it was a pretty good day. We hit some balls hard. Advancing to the regional finals is fantastic. It's good to be in the captain's chair and know that a team has to beat us twice in a row to knock us out.'Boek opened the game, sitting the Yellow Jackets down in order, including two strikeouts.

Dominique Lastrapes led off the bottom of the first inning for UW with her 10th-consecutive postseason hit in as many at-bats with a high chopper passed the shortstop. With two outs, Kristen Rivera drew a walk to put runners on first and second. GT ace Jessica Sallinger got out of the inning with a fly out to left field.

Washington put two runners on base in the second inning with an infield single by Amanda Oleson and a fielder's choice by Rita Roach that didn't result in an out. Sallinger got Lastrapes to pop-up to the third baseman to end the inning and Lastrapes' hitting streak.

Boek allowed just one base runner in the second, third and fourth innings and did not allow a runner passed second base.

Kathy Fiske led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Oleson followed, working a 2-0 count before the game was suspended due to light rain and a thunderstorm warning. After the 37-minute break, Oleson reached base on a fielder's choice and promptly stole second base. Oleson attempted to steal third base on the next pitch and was thrown out by Yellow Jacket catcher Tasha Waugh. Sallinger struck out the next batter to end the inning.

Lightening strikes and spurts of heavy rain triggered a second weather delay in the top of the fifth and lasted for an hour and 37 minutes.

The Huskies got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning with a pair of runs. UW loaded the bases with infield singles by Roach and Lastrapes and a hit by pitch. Sallinger then balked on a 1-0 pitch to Sarah Hyatt, scoring Roach. Hyatt followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Lastrapes and give Washington the 2-0 lead.

Boek allowed just one hit in the sixth and notched a strikeout and two ground outs in the seventh in seal the UW victory. Boek improves to 28-11 on the season as she tossed her 11th shutout of the season. She held the Yellow Jackets to three hits, walked one and fanned seven. Today's start marked the 40th for Boek this season, setting a Husky single-season record. Her 31 complete games tie for first on the UW season charts and her 28 wins rank third.

Sallinger (31-9) took the loss for Georgia Tech as she allowed five hits and three walks, while striking out seven.

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