#9 UW 3, #14 Oregon State 1

Kristen Rivera homered for the fourth consecutive game to lift the #9 Huskies to a 3-1 victory over #14 Oregon State in Pac-10 action at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

In the fifth inning the third and fourth batters in the lineup, Clark and Rivera, combined once again to produce a pair of runs for the Huskies. Clark led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch from the Beavers' Kristen Hunter. Three pitches later Rivera followed with her fifth home run in four games and 15th of the season, a line drive that just did clear the left field wall to give Washington a 3-0 lead.

Rivera's shot accounted for the margin of victory in the game, as Oregon State broke up Husky starter Tia Bollingers's bid for her third shutout of the season in the seventh. After Bollinger struck out pinch hitter Miranda Dellinger to lead off the inning, Jessica King doubled off the right field wall, Jenni Jodoin reached on an error and Kristi Peterson grounded into a fielder's choice to score King. Clare Burnum then singled to put runners on at first and second, and the Beavers had a chance for more when the game ended in strange fashion. The next batter, Michelle Chariton, hit a ground ball that got past Clark and into the outfield. However, the umpires called Peterson out for runner's interference, as she clearly impeded Clark's ability to field what appeared to be a routine ground out.

Bollinger earned the victory in the circle for Washington to improve to 16-7, and tied Ashley Boek for the team lead in complete games with eight. She allowed only six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. Crystal Draper started for the Beavers and dropped to 10-4 with the loss, despite allowing only one run in four innings.

After Bollinger and Draper each pitched three scoreless innings, the Huskies got to the Beaver starter for a run in the bottom of the fourth as Megan Owen singled to score Nicki Holt. They had a chance to add more as they loaded the bases but Draper induced Rita Roach to pop up to first to end the inning with only the one run. Washington also had an opportunity to get to Draper earlier in the game when they loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter in the second, but Draper struck out Steph Nicholson swinging to end the threat.

With their fourth consecutive victory in the Pac-10 the Huskies evened their league record at 5-5 and improved to 36-13 overall, while the Beavers lost their third straight league game to drop to 5-6 and 32-15.

The Huskies will host Oregon State for one more game on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m, and then travel to Easton Stadium in Los Angeles to face the second ranked UCLA Bruins on Wednesday, April 24.

NOTES: Rivera has now tied Clark for the team lead in home runs this season with 15, the third highest single season total in Husky history. Jenny Topping owns the all-time single season mark with 24 in 2000, while Clark owns the second highest total with 23, also accomplished in 2000.

Becky Simpson had a career high four hit game with four singles. She previously had 3 hits in a game on 5 different occasions.

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