Feb. 8, 2003
Softball loses to Oklahoma State and No. 6 Washington
HONOLULU. -The University of Louisville softball lost to Oklahoma State 5-0 and sixth-ranked Washington 7-4 Saturday at the Chevron Paradise Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii.
In the first game of the day, Oklahoma State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Stephanie Hodges drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Jade Lindly. Crystal Lee blasted a two-out three-run homer to give the Cowgirls the early lead.
Afton Burris' solo home run in the bottom of the fifth gave Oklahoma State a 4-0 lead. Stephanie Nicholson, who reached on a walk crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk to make the score 5-0.
Oklahoma State starter Sarah Seagraves got the shutout win, allowing six hits and striking out six in six innings. The Cowgirls had seven hits in the game.
Louisville starter Jessica Rak (0-1) picked up the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits. Offensively, the Cardinals had six hits. Nicole Sparks finished the game with two hits, including one double.
In the nightcap, Washington capitalized on seven Louisville errors to tally seven runs, three of them unearned. The Cardinals, down 6-0 in the fourth, mounted a rally, but fell short in their fourth loss of the season.
The Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the first when Amanda Oleson reached on a Louisville error, moved to second when Rita Roach hit into a fielder's choice and took third on another Cardinal miscue. Jaime Clark's groundout brought Oleson home to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Roach crossed the plate when Kristen Rivera grounded out to make the score 2-0.
In the second inning, Washington's Sarah Hyatt led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Courtney Jeffries and scored on Oleson's hit. In the same play, Oleson moved to second on the throw and took third on a Cardinal throwing error. Oleson scored on a single by Roach to give Washington a 4-0 lead.
The Cardinals put two runs on the board in the top of the fourth when Keola Calderon, Lacy Wood and Nicole Sparks loaded the bases with consecutive singles. Aja Sherman's hit scored Calderon to put U of L on the board and Wood crossed the plate on Lisa McMillan's sacrifice hit to make the score 6-2.
The Huskies added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Rivera single and moved to second on the throw, took third on a hit by Kathy Fiske and scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 ballgame.
Washington starter Leslie Scott picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Reliever Ashley Boek got the save.
Louisville starter Krystle Herold took the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits in three innings pitched. Offensively, Louisville had seven hits. Calderon finished the game batting 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Sparks went 2-for-3 in the game.
The Cardinals (0-4) will continue bracket play Sunday at 10 a.m (3 p.m. Eastern).