Washington Softball Falls To Oklahoma In World Series Opener

May 27, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.- The Washington softball team (40-18) could not overcome a four-run first inning by Oklahoma (45-20-1) and dropped its College World Series opener 6-2. The Huskies, who pick up their first ever loss in the CWS first round, move into the loser's bracket and will face the loser of tonight's California/ Florida State game on May 29 at 1 p.m. (PST). The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Washington struck first, scoring one run in the top of the first inning with an RBI-single by Dena Tyson. The hit up the middle of the infield scored Aimee Minor from second base. Minor had reached base after being hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position with a walk to Sarah Hyatt.

Oklahoma answered in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of two Husky errors to score four unearned runs. Norelle Dickson led off the frame with a single through the left side and the Sooners loaded the bases on back-to-back Husky fielding errors. Oklahoma then notched three RBI singles, including a two-RBI single by Mariee Mena to take the 4-1 lead.

Washington answered in the third inning, scoring one run on three hits. UW loaded the bases with an infield single by Minor, a walk to Kristen Rivera and single to centerfield by Kathy Fiske. Senior Amanda Oleson followed with a single up the middle to score Rivera and cut the OU lead to 4-2.

Washington threatened in the top of the fourth when Rita Roach led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error to first base on the play. OU pitcher Kami Keiter worked her way out of the jam with a pop-up and a pair of strikeouts.

UW hurler Ashley Boek allowed just one base runner in the second inning- a walk to Kristin Vesely- and sat the Sooners down in order in the third and fourth innings.

Oklahoma pulled away in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring two runs on a two-RBI double by Vesely with a line drive into left centerfield to make the score 6-2. UW got out of the inning when Vesely attempted to score from second on a Christine Ena single up the middle but centerfielder Rita Roach threw Vesely out at the plate.

Washington battled in the top of the seventh inning, putting runners on first and second but Keiter closed out the game with a ground out to seal the Sooner victory.

Boek (29-12) took the loss for Washington as she scattered nine hits, walked three and struck out five. Keiter (22-13) earned the win as she gave up eight hits, walked three and struck out five.

Washington stranded 11 runners on the day, while Oklahoma left seven.

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