Forest thoroughly dominated the Huskies for six innings, allowing no hits and only three baserunners on three walks, two to Jaime Clark and one to Courtney Jeffries. She struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings and, at one point, recorded seven consecutive outs via the strikeout. She pitched her 22nd complete game of the season and improved her overall record to 18-7.
Forest and Washington starting pitcher Tia Bollinger engaged in a scoreless pitcher's duel for the first three innings, before California went ahead 1-0 in the fourth. Kaleo Eldredge reached on an error by Clark; Kristen Morley walked, and Candace Harper singled to load the bases. With cleanup batter Veronica Nelson due to bat, Husky head coach Teresa Wilson brought in Leslie Scott to relieve Bollinger. Scott struck out Nelson swinging for the first out, and then Courtney Scott grounded into a force out at second, scoring Eldredge on the play.
Despite Forest's domination the Huskies still only trailed 1-0 and had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Clark walked, moved to second on a sacrifice, and stole third. However, following Clark's stolen base she appeared to run afoul of the softball rule book. Apparently Clark stepped off third base while Forest still had the ball in the pitcher's circle, and was called out. Wilson emerged from the Husky dugout to argue the call, but to no avail.
California added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth. With one out Harper lined a single to left and then Nelson launched the first offering from Leslie Scott deep into the trees beyond the left field fence for her ninth home run of the season. The Bears scored their final run on a bases loaded walk from Ashley Boek, the third Husky pitcher, to Kristen Bayless.
Forest took her no hit bid into the bottom of the seventh but lost it and the shutout when Clark lined a 2-2 pitch just over the wall in straightaway center field for her 15th home run of the season. Unfazed, the California right hander proceeded to strike out Kristen Rivera swinging, retire Amanda Oleson on a soft line drive to center, and punctuate her complete game effort on a called third strike to Kathy Fiske.
For Washington in the pitcher's circle, Bollinger took the loss to drop to 14-7, despite allowing only an unearned run and two hits in three innings of work.
The Huskies drop to 1-5 in the Pac-10 and 32-13 overall, while the Bears improve to 5-2 in conference and 39-12 overall. The Huskies look to snap their four game conference losing streak when they host #3 Stanford for two games on Saturday and Sunday, with the first pitch on Saturday set for 2 p.m. and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
GAME 2 - The Men
Eddie Bonine pitched eight strong innings to lead arch-rival Washington State to a 4-2 victory over Washington in the opener of a Pac-10 conference baseball series at Husky Ballpark on a rainy Friday evening.
Bonine allowed the Huskies only five hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters in eight innings to improve his record to 6-4. Husky counterpart Shawn Kohn pitched his third complete game of the season but suffered a tough luck loss, allowing all four Cougar runs on 11 hits and three walks. He struck out four.
After retiring Washington in order in the first two innings, Bonine allowed a Husky baserunner in every inning the rest of the game, but managed to escape unscathed until the eighth. In the third inning catcher Aaron Hathaway singled with one out but was quickly erased when Greg Isaacson hit into a double play. In the fourth inning Tila Reynolds walked and Bonine hit Kyle Larsen with a pitch to put runners on at first and second, but once again Bonine escaped by inducing Tyler Davidson to pop out to second baseman Bookie Gates. In the fifth, after Michael Done reached base and advanced to second on a throwing error by Gates, Bonine struck out Hathaway looking and Isaacson swinging. In the sixth, after Reynolds doubled with one out, Bonine struck out Jay Garthwaite swinging at a pitch in the dirt and then got Larsen to ground out to first baseman Steve Mortimer. The Huskies had their best scoring threat in the seventh inning. Davidson reached on a bad hop single and advanced to third on two ground outs. Hathaway then walked and Bryan Johnson came up to pinch hit for Isaacson. Johnson hit a one ball pitch sharply into the hole between first and second. Mortimer speared the ball and underhanded the ball to Bonine to end the inning. Not until the eighth inning did the Huskies finally get to Bonine, scoring two unearned runs, due in large part to a throwing error by shortstop Derek Bruce. Brandon Jacobson led off the inning with a routine ground ball to the Cougar shortstop but reached safely when he threw it past first baseman Steve Mortimer. Reynolds then bunted for a base hit. After Garthwaite flied out deep to center, with Jacobson moving to third, Larsen grounded to third baseman Jeff LaRue to score Jacobson with the Huskies' first run of the game. The Huskies then made it 4-2 when Davidson singled to left to score Reynolds.
Washington State coach Tim Mooney removed Bonine from the game after eight innings, and the Cougar bullpen quickly pitched itself into a jam in the ninth. After retiring Done on a fly ball on one pitch to start the ninth, reliever Billy Gorrell walked Hathaway and Johnson. Mooney then decided to bring in Brandon Hundt to pitch to Jacobson, and he got one out as Jacobson grounded into a fielder's choice. Then, after hitting Reynolds with a pitch, the Huskies had the bases loaded and Garthwaite, their best run producer at the plate. After swinging through a pitch for a strike, Garthwaite hit a tapper to Hundt, who fired over to Mortimer to end the game. In the process, Hundt picked up his third save of the season.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the second inning without hitting a ball out of the infield. They loaded the bases with no one out on an infield single by LaRue, a hit by pitch, and a bunt single by Mortimer. LaRue then scored when Jon Baeder grounded into a double play.
Washington State took a 3-0 lead in the sixth on a two run double by LaRue, and increased the lead to 4-0 in the seventh on an RBI single by Wes Falkenborg.
With the loss, the Huskies drop to 1-3 in the Pac-10 and 13-17-1 overall, while the Cougars improve to 2-5 in conference and 14-18 overall. The Huskies and Cougars continue their three game series on Saturday at 1 p.m, with Sean White the probable starting pitcher for the Huskies and Hundt the probable starter for the Cougars. The state rivals then conclude their three game series with the finale on Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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