Huskies take two in Northridge

The Husky Women's Softball team powered their way to two more wins Saturday, crushing Cal State Northridge 10-0 and topping Louisiana Monroe 5-2. The Huskies upped their record to 3-0, following their 8-0 win Friday over Long Beach State in the Early Bird Classic.

Freshman Leslie Scott (1-0) was the benefactor of the big run support in game one while Tia Bollinger (2-0) came in to pitch the last three innings in the second game to garner the win.

The Huskies wasted no time keeping the scoreboard operator busy this morning. Sophomore Courtney Jeffries blasted a three-run homer over the left field fence in the first inning and the Huskies never looked back. Freshman Kristen Rivera socked a two-run homer in the third inning and freshman Kathy Fiske broke out the rye bread and capped off a five-run fourth inning with a grand slam.

Scott was not over-powering in her four innings, but the Huskies effectively squelched each scoring situation for the Matadors. Scott had only one strike out and walked just one before giving way to Ashley Boek who pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning to end the game.

Most telling in this game was the production right behind Jaime Clark in the batting order. Combined, Rivera, Jeffries and Fiske went five for seven, hit three home runs, scored four runs and had nine RBIs.

"That's why we recruited her," tenth year head coach Teresa Wilson said regarding Rivera. "She was the Jaime Clark of high school last year. And Courtney batted .600 in regionals last year."

The second game would not be as easy. The Lady Indians' senior Annie VanOosbree would match Boek, the Husky starter, goose egg for goose egg. VanOosbree was spinning the ball well according to Wilson and the Husky women just couldn't come through with the big hit … until the sixth inning.

Sophomore Amanda Oleson led off the inning by beating out a high chopper to the second baseman. After Clark walked, Oleson and Clark pulled off a double steal which set the stage for Rivera who proceeded to rope a single to left to plate Oleson. Clark stopped at third and Rivera went to second, catching the defense paying to much attention to number 44 in purple. After Fiske popped out to short, Amy Hanson followed with a pop up to the catcher against the fence on the first base side. What seemed to be a routine out turned into a run-scoring sacrifice fly as Clark surprised everyone by racing home and making an All-America-level slide, eluding the tag by VanOosbree.

But the Lady Indians would not just lay down for the Dawgs as they came back in their half of the sixth off of Bollinger and combined a slow grounder ruled an error, a nice liner down the first base line and a bloop single that just escaped the diving glove of Clark to tie the score at 2.

The tie seemed to anger the Dawgs as they wasted no time in the top of the seventh to recapture the lead. Rita Roach got it going with an infield single and again, the ULM defense was caught napping as Roach raced to second and slid in safe. Senior sparkplug Becky Simpson followed with a bloop double just inside in the left field line scoring Roach with the winning run. And then Clark, with Simpson on third and Oleson on second ripped a liner down the left field line to wrap up the scoring.

Wilson definitely did not like the fact that the Lady Indians were able to come back and tie the game. "But, it was good to be put in a pressure situation like that," the coach added.

Bollinger pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, including two of her three strike outs in the game, to close the door and post her second win of the season.

The Husky women will play two more games Sunday at UCLA's Easton Stadium. The 9am game will be against San Jose State and they will follow that with a tilt against San Diego State.


It's always fun to watch a sport like softball as opposed to basketball or football. In softball, you get to talk to the mother of Kathy Fiske as she proudly talks about her daughter while holding the ball she hit for the grand slam home run…. Roach was a combined four for six with two runs scored from the number nine spot in the order….Oleson had three steals in the second game…. Boek's stats in game two were four innings pitched, one hit, three strikeouts and two walks…. The success of the 2002 version of Husky softball might hinge on the development and growth of Boek and Scott. Real tests for the two freshmen will come when the team travels to Florida and Fullerton in the next coming weeks…. I apologize to the Husky Women and their fans for not going to the games on Sunday. I am unfortunately hosting a Super Bowl Party and there's just no way I can get there.
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