UW Diamond Dawgs off to hot start

Washington's baseball program is off to a fast start, after notching four wins in their first five games, while the Softball team is already ranked #9 in the country and has won 14 of their first 16 contests.

This afternoon Ken Knutson's team suffered their first defeat of the season when Missouri was able to come from behind in the ninth inning and down the Huskies 10-9 at the Rawlings Spring Training Tournament. Second baseman Michael Done Done went 3-for-5 on the day while Aaron Hathaway and Steve Ramsey each had two hits. Ramsey and Done both went deep for the Huskies in the loss.

Yesterday the Huskies took a pair of wins, one from Northwestern when junior right-hander Sean White threw a shutout at the ‘cats. White had a no hitter going through the first four and a third innings. He wound up giving up just one hit in five innings of work. Sophomore Brian Carter and junior Tyler Shemple came on to finish the job, with Shemple picking up his second save. Washington only scored two runs but it was enough. Their runs came on a Brian Johnson solo shot in the second and an RBI double by John Otness in the ninth.

Later in the day the Huskies took on the University of British Columbia and won 9-4 in an exhibition game. The win doesn't count toward the UW record since UBC is outside the United States, but the diamond dawgs took the victory regardless. Freshman Nick Batkoski highlighted the game when he drilled a grand slam home run in the eighth inning when the game was still close as Washington was only ahead 3-2.

On the softball diamond, Teresa Wilson's team has gotten off to a fast start and are currently in the finals of the Florida Invitational tournament. Freshman Kathy Fiske's grand slam helped propel the Washington softball team past Tennessee-Chattanooga, 9-1 yesterday to put the Dawgs in the championship. Fiske has had six RBI's in her last two contests.

The Huskies are currently 14-2. Whereas last year most of the pressure was on pitcher Tia Bollinger to win every time, this year she is getting help on the mound. While Bollinger has opened with a solid 5-2 mark, freshman Ashley Boek, a 5-8 right-hander from Redding, California, has opened the season with a 5-0 mark. Four of her starts have been complete games. Leslie Scott, a freshman from Oklahoma, also starts games for the Huskies. The rotation appears very solid this year and the arms should remain fresh as the Huskies prepare for Pac-10 play.

Bollinger was named Pac-10 player of the week last week when she led the Huskies to a pair of wins over ranked teams, No. 15 Florida State and No. 22 South Carolina, going 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 16 innings pitched. The sophomore struck out 22 batters, holding opponents to a .179 batting average and allowing just one extra-base hit. Both wins were at the Seminole's Challenge tournament.

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