Husky softball worthy of two more wins

Another day, another pair of victories for the Husky Women's softball team. The offense piled up the runs while Tia Bollinger and Ashley Boek took care of the opposition during 9-0 and 9-1 victories Saturday at the Worth Softball Invitational at Cal State Fullerton.

The Husky women upped their record to 16-0-1 and will face Purdue Sunday at 10am.

Bollinger (8-0) shut out the Northwestern Wildcats in five innings in the early game while Boek was the benefactor of the nine runs in the Noon-time match-up with the Pacific Tigers.

Freshman Aimee Minor gave Bollinger all she would need, knocking a second-inning two-run homer off of Northwestern senior starter Lauren Schwendimann.

Minor's drive was a soaring high fly that, and I kid you not, if ESPN were covering the game, it would have been the play of the day, the web gem of all web gems except for one minor detail -- Wildcats centerfielder Errin Mobley caught the ball on the wrong side of the outfield fence.

Remember Bump Bailey from "The Natural" or that guy from Portland who ran through the wall trying to catch a fly ball? Well, Mobley ran right over the temporary plastic fence set up on Diamond #2 but despite actually catching the ball, the umpires ruled it a home run since she was simply put, beyond the fence. A minor technicality in the rule book apparently.

Unlike Bump, Mobley was not injured on the play.

Back to the game. As Bollinger, the junior who hales from the down the road in Santa Ana, was giving up five hits and striking out four in her five innings, the Huskies kept piling up runs. In the third inning, sophomore Kristen Rivera lined a double down the left field line scoring Megan Owen and Jamie Clark to make the score 4-0 Huskies.

In the fourth, the Huskies put the game out of reach by tallying five more runs. This time, the Wildcats defense was the main culprit.

Consecutive errors from the middle of the infield plated Minor who led off the inning with a walk. Amanda Oleson then reached on an infield single to load the bases. Owen followed with a simple grounder back to the pitcher but the Wildcats' second pitcher of the game Brie Brown tossed it over the catcher's head for another run.

Oleson scored on a Rivera ground out to make the score 7-0 which would seem like enough but sophomore Kathy Fiske decided to knock a single up the middle scoring Owen and Clark.

Bollinger would set down the final six purple-clad Wildcats to end the game on the 8-run mercy rule.

Boek (7-0) would toe the rubber in the second game and she at times was dominating against the Tigers, giving up just five hits and striking out nine, going the distance. The middle of the Husky batting order took care of business on the offensive end as Clark, Rivera and Fiske totaled seven RBIs on seven hits.

The Huskies wasted no time in this game. With Owen and Clark on 2nd and 1st, Rivera sent a high fly to the fence in right field. When all was said and done, Rivera only chalked up a single as the fly eluded the right fielder. But Owen scored on the play and Clark ended up on third.

Fiske followed with another single up the middle to bring Clark home making the score 2-0 and giving Boek all she would need for the rest of the game.

Boek's only real mistake resulting in a run was delivered courtesy of Pacific's standout first baseman Brandy Thurman. She took a Boek fast ball and ripped it over the left field fence in the second inning, cutting the Husky lead in half.

Her next trip to the plate would result in her second hit of the game but would lead to no runs for the Tigers.

The Huskies added a run in the fifth when freshman Dena Tyson, in front of her proud family from Carona, delivered a solo home run to right field.

Pacific would threaten in the sixth, giving the Huskies a scare with the score 3-1. After retiring the first two batters in the inning, Boek gave up back-to-back singles, bringing up Thurman with two runners on and two outs. But Boek gave Thurman nothing good to look at and jammed her with a good fast ball, forcing the senior into a soft line drive to Clark ending the threat.

The Huskies sent nine players to the plate in the 7th, scoring six runs to put the game away. They used three walks, two singles and an inning capping two-run line drive homer, to center field by Fiske. Top Stories