Softball Falls To #5 Washington, 5-2
Feb. 15, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Sophomore KJ Kelley (Rainier, Ore.) hit a two-run home run in the top of the third inning, but the fifth-ranked University of Washington softball team (10-1) scored four unanswered runs to defeat the University of Massachusetts, 5-2, this afternoon on the final day of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament hosted by Arizona State University.
Massachusetts loaded the bases in the top of the second inning with one out, but was unable to score. Senior Nicole Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md.) struck out and freshman Candice Molinari (Glendora, Calif.) grounded out to end the threat. The Huskies then took the lead, 1-0, in the bottom of the inning. UW loaded the bases with nobody out. Dena Tyson flied out to center field, but it was dropped by senior Aisha Franke (Philadelphia, Pa.) allowing one run to score. Franke more than made up for the error on the next batter. She caught a flyout in mid-range center field and then threw a perfect strike home to catcher Jamie Cahalan (Mesa, Ariz.) to gun down Kathy Fiske attempting to tag up from third. Sophomore pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) then got Courtney Jeffries to strike out and the Minutewomen escaped with minimal damage.
In the top of the third inning, UMass took a 2-1 lead. Franke started it with a one-out single and then scored on a long home run to center field by Kelley.
The lead stood up until the bottom of the fourth. UW's Amanda Oleson hit a three-run home run to left-center field putting the Huskies back on top, this time for good.
UMass tried to mount a come-back in the fifth. Franke worked a one-out walk, but was erased when Kelley hit into a 5-4-3 double-play. The ball was hit hard directly at the Husky third baseman.
Washington All-American pitcher Tia Bollinger settled down and recorded her sixth (6-1) win of the season. Busa pitched the first 3.1 innings for the Minutewomen. She allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. Junior Kelli Arnold (Kalama, Wash.) pitched the final 2.2 innings. She gave up one earned runs, three hits and three walks.
Massachusetts will return to action Feb. 27-29 as it looks to defend its title at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Minutewomen are slated to play Oklahoma, DePaul and Central Michigan in pool play before bracket play commences.