After managing only three runs in three games in Arizona and a run and a hit against California on Friday, the Huskies scored early and often and gave starting pitcher Tia Bollinger a cushion after she struggled with her control in the first inning.
Bollinger walked Stanford's first two batters, Robin Walker and
Jessica Mendoza to lead off the game. After Sarah Beeson grounded into a
force play at second and Kira Ching grounded out to third baseman Kathy
Fiske, Jessica Allister gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead when she hit a
flare that dropped between Steph Nicholson, Rita Roach and Courtney
Jeffries in shallow right center field for a single, scoring Walker and
The Huskies answered with four runs of their own in the bottom
of the first inning against Stanford starter Maureen LeCocq. Becky
Simpson reached on an error by Beeson, Rita Roach singled to center, and
Jaime Clark singled to left to score Simpson. Rivera flied out to left
field, Roach and Clark executed a double steal, and then Amanda Oleson
hit a line drive over the head of center fielder Mendoza to score both
runners and give Washington a 3-2 lead. Kathy Fiske made it 4-2 when she
singled to score Oleson.
Bollinger retired the Cardinal in order in the second, and the
Huskies continued the barrage against reliever Tori Nyberg with three
more runs to increase their lead to 7-2. Nicholson walked, Roach
reached on an infield single, and Rivera lined a one ball pitch over the
wall in left field for her 11th long ball of the season.
After Stanford scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the
fourth inning to make the score 7-3, Washington continued to hit Nyberg
hard, scoring three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Simpson led
off with an infield single and scored on a triple to the wall in right
center field by Clark. Rivera then stepped to the plate, and, on the
11th pitch of her at-bat, hit a towering fly ball deep to left for a
two run home run and her 12th of the season.
The Huskies scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth and
sent a crowd of 744 home early when Jeffries doubled and scored on
Simpson's second single of the game.
In the pitcher's circle, Bollinger overcame her early control
problems and pitched all five innings for her seventh complete game of
the season and improved her record to 15-7. She allowed three runs, two
earned, on two hits and four walks while striking out four. LeCocq
lasted only one inning in the circle for Stanford, allowing four runs on
four hits to suffer the loss and drop to 13-4.
With the victory, Washington snapped a four game losing streak
and improved to 2-5 in the Pac-10 and 33-13 overall, while Stanford fell
to 4-4 in the conference and 33-7 overall. Washington and Stanford
complete the two game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: With her two home runs in the game, Rivera equalled her single
game high, set on March 24,2002 against Santa Clara.
After setting the season high for most runs by a UCLA opponent with 9 in
a 9-6 victory over the #2 Bruins on Saturday, March 30, the Huskies set
a season high for runs scored by a Stanford opponent in 2002, with 11.
California had the previous high with 7, set in a victory over the
Cardinal on March 30.
With the win on Saturday, the Huskies also improved their record in the
all-time series against Stanford to 26-6.
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