UW 5, OSU 3

Amanda Oleson doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead the fifth ranked Huskies to a 5-3 victory over the 15th ranked Beavers on a sunny but blustery Sunday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.

With the victory, the Huskies swept the two game series from the Beavers, winning both games by the same 5-3 score and upped their record to 6-1 in the Pac-10 30-8 overall, while the Beavers dropped to 2-7 and 36-15.

The Beavers took a quick 2-0 lead against Husky starter Ashley Boek in the top of the first as Alana Mendoza drew a walk from Boek and Adrienne Alo followed with her sixth home run of the season, a line shot over the left field wall on a 1-1 pitch from Boek.

The Huskies got even with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Kristen Rivera led off with a double to left center field and Dena Tyson walked. After Kathy Fiske flied out to center, Oleson lined a 2-2 pitch from Beaver starter Brianne McGowan into the gap in left center to score Rivera. Courtney Jeffries then lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Tyson.

The Huskies added another pair of runs to take a 4-2 lead, despite having a runner thrown out at the plate. Tyson led off with a base hit to center and Kathy Fiske doubled. Coach Scott Centala waived Tyson around to score but shortstop Kelly Petersen fired a perfect relay to Lisa Allen to nail Tyson at the plate. The Beavers then brought in their ace Monica Hoffman to relieve McGowan, and Oleson greeted her by lining the first pitch over the head of left fielder Mia Longfellow to score pinch runner Jessica Wilkinson.

Jeffries flied out to center for the second out of the inning, but Rita Roach followed with a chop single over the head of third baseman Sherina Galvan and just out of the reach of Petersen down the left field line, with Oleson scoring from second as she just eluded the tag of Allen at the plate.

The Beavers made it 4-3 Huskies with a run in the top of the fifth as they loaded the bases and then scored when Boek forced home Longfellow with her third walk of the inning.

At that point Centala came out to chat with Boek, prompting some fans who were irate with the balls and strike calls of home plate umpire Michael Gump to chant derisively, "Take out the umpire, not the pitcher!"

The Beavers still had the bases loaded at that point but Boek got McGowan to ground to Sarah Hyatt at first base for an unassisted put out to end the inning.

The Huskies answered the Beavers with their final run in the bottom of the fifth, as they loaded the bases on two walks and an error and Oleson finished her perfect day at the plate with a line single to left to score pinch runner Jamie Rau.

In the circle, Boek overcame seven walks and three hits to record her 20th complete game of the season and improve to 20-5. She struck out eight. For the Beavers, McGowan took the loss to drop to 7-3, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, with only one strikeout, in three and a third innings.

The Huskies continue their 10 game homestand on Wednesday, April 21, when they host Portland State in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. They then welcome in third ranked California for a single game on Friday, April 23 at 1 p.m. and Stanford for a two game series on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.

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