Kristen Rivera belted her fourth home run in three games to spark the ninth ranked Huskies to a 6-0 shutout of Oregon in Pac-10 action at Husky Softball Stadium.
Rivera just earned accolades as the Pac-10 player of the week with three home runs, three runs scored, and eight runs batted in, all in a two game sweep of #3 Stanford. She picked up where she left off last week in her first at-bat against the Ducks. In the bottom of the first, with two outs Jaime Clark singled and stole second base. Then Rivera hit a towering fly ball into the trees beyond the left center field wall for her 14th home run of the season, giving the
Huskies a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies added three more runs in the third to go up 5-0. Clark walked, stole second and third and scored on a single to center by Amanda Oleson. Oleson moved to second when center fielder
Lakeesha Eversley let the ball get away from her for an error, and scored when Kathy Fiske doubled over the glove of right fielder Janell
Bergstrom. Courtney Jeffries followed with a single to left to score Fiske.
Washington plated the final run in the fourth when Rita Roach legged out a double on a blooper into shallow left center field, moved to third on an errant throw by left fielder Kristi Hall, and
scored on a single by Clark.
Ashley Boek got the start in the pitcher's circle for the Huskies and improved to 14-2 with five innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight. For the Ducks, Lindsey Kontra took the loss to drop to 5-9, allowing all six Husky runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. She struck out five.
With the victory, Washington has righted the ship with three straight Pac-10 victories following four setbacks in a row. The Huskies improve to 4-5 in the conference and 35-13 overall, while Oregon remains winless in Pac-10 play with an 0-10 record and drops to 18-19 overall.
The Huskies return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they host Oregon State in the first of a two game series.
SOFTBALL NOTES: In addition to finishing 2 for 2 with two runs scored and a run batted in, Clark showed tremendous range defensively at
shortstop. In the second, she charged in from her position on a chopper by Hall, fielded the ball well on the first base side of second, and
threw out the runner. Then in the seventh, Mari Lyn Petrick hit a flare that looked as if it would get into center field for a single.
Clark fielded the ball on one hop on the outfield grass and threw Petrick out at first by a step.
When the Huskies entertain the Beavers on Saturday and Sunday, they seek to atone for a loss earlier this season. Oregon State defeated the Huskies 3-0 on February 24 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Georgia.
Saturday's game will air both on television on Fox Sports Net, and on radio on 1150 AM KKNW. Saturday's contest will also take place as part
of the University of Washington's Annual Spring Fling, where fans get admission to all Husky sporting events free of charge.
Ace Shawn Kohn pitched a six hitter as the Huskies knocked off second ranked Stanford 3-1 in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark.
Kohn pitched efficiently and effectively, as he threw only 103 pitches to record his fourth complete game of the season and improve
his record to 7-2. He only threw three balls to one batter, to the Cardinal's Jason Cooper in the ninth, and struck him out swinging. Kohn
did not allow any walks and struck out two. For six innings, in a matchup befitting their ace status, Kohn and Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie
engaged in a classic pitcher's duel, as Kohn allowed only one run on four hits, while Guthrie shut down the Huskies, allowing no runs on
three hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
After going in order in the first three innings, Stanford got to Kohn for a run in the fourth. Chris O' Riordan led off with a double
and moved to third when Sam Fuld dragged a bunt up the first base line for a single. Ryan Garko then grounded into a double play, but O'Riordan came into score, giving the Cardinal the lead and their only run of the game.
Stanford had a chance to add to the lead in the sixth inning when O' Riordan reached safely on an error by shortstop Tila Reynolds and Fuld again dragged a bunt and beat Kohn's throw to first baseman Kyle Larsen for another hit, putting runners on at first and second. Garko then hit a sinking line drive into center field that would have scored O'Riordan from second, but Jay Garthwaite raced in to make a sprawling catch and save the run.
Stanford coach Mark Marquess apparently decided that 83 pitches in six innings would be enough for Guthrie, so he brought in right hander Ryan McCally to pitch the seventh. The Huskies caught a break with Guthrie's removal and took full advantage of it, scoring two runs with two outs. McCally issued a one out walk to Bryan Johnson and a two out walk to Michael Done. Aaron Hathaway then singled into the hole between first and second to score Johnson from second and knot the game at 1. Greg Isaacson then followed with a chopper into center field to plate Done with the go-ahead run.
The Huskies loaded the bases in the eighth and scored an insurance run in bizarre fashion. Tila Reynolds and Tyler Davidson drew walks from Darin Naatjes, the third Cardinal pitcher. Jonny Dyer then relieved Naatjes and hit Bryan Johnson with a pitch. Garthwaite then tapped the first pitch he saw from Dyer up the first base line. Brian
Hall charged in to field the ball and threw home to force Reynolds.
Garko then attempted to double Garthwaite up at first base but his relay hit the Husky runner on the back and caromed into right field for an
error, allowing Davidson to score. Johnson attempted to score all the way from first base on the play but Carlos Quentin fired a perfect
strike to Garko to nail Johnson at the plate and complete a strange double play.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 4-3 in the Pac-10 and tie the Cardinal in the conference standings. Overall the Huskies now stand at 16-18-1, while Stanford drops to 26-9. The two teams play the middle game of the series at 1 p.m., with Sean White scheduled to take
the mound for Washington and Tim Cunningham for the Cardinal.
BASEBALL NOTES: With the victory on Friday night, the Huskies snapped an eight game losing streak to Stanford. They last defeated Stanford 3-2 on April 9, 1999, as then ace Jeff Heaverlo outpitched Jason Young in the opening game of a three game series at Husky Ballpark.
Washington now improves to 10-28 all-time against Stanford.
As with the softball game, all fans attending Saturday's game can do so free of charge,as part of the Huskies' seventh annual Spring Fling,
where fans gain free admission to all Husky sporting events.
Husky Softball, Baseball teams both win
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