Softball drops 2 but baseball drops Fresno State

The sixth-ranked Washington softball team lost a pair of games by a total of three runs, falling to Penn State (4-3) and No. 13 Fresno State (2-0) Saturday in the first day of action of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Georgia. Washington has now lost three straight after opening the season 14-2.

Defense hurt Teresa Wilson's squad in game one as Penn State used two Husky errors in the first frame to jump on them for three runs. Washington tied the game 3-all in the fifth, keyed by an RBI double by Becky Simpson. The Nittany Lions pushed back on top 4-3 in their half of the fifth with a double and RBI single. Tia Bollinger took the loss and is now 5-3.

In game two, Washington was shut out by FSU's Jamie Southern. Ashley Boek threw a gem as well, keeping the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the first five innings. FSU pushed home two runs in the sixth, which were more than enough to earn Southern the victory. She struck out 13 Washington batters.

Kohn goes the distance against FSU

In Fresno, California, Ken Knutson's Husky baseball program continued their torrid start to the season when they defeated FSU 5-1 yesterday. Senior Shawn Kohn carried a no-hitter through five and one-third innings and worked a three-hit complete game for the victory. Chris Patrick's solo home run was the only blemish for Kohn.

Washington scored all five in the top of the first inning. After a sacrifice fly by first baseman Bryan Johnson scored a run, sophomore designated hitter Steve Ramsey's RBI single made it 2-0. Junior Jay Garthwaite then launched a three-run homer, his first of 2002, over the scoreboard in left field to give the Huskies all the runs they would need.

Washington plays FSU today at 1PM in game two of three.
Thanks to Jeff Bechthold and Peggy Curtin.

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