Three Softball Players Earn All-America Honors

May 24, 2001

SEATTLE - Three Washington softball players, freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), sophomore shortstop Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and senior outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) have been named third-team All-Americans Wednesday by Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). It is the first such honor for both Bollinger and Hauxhurst, while it is the second for Clark, who was named to the second team a year ago.

Bollinger finished the season with a 36-8 overall record, tallying UW season records for wins, innings pitched (287.0) and games started (39). The 2001 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year led the country for most of the season in victories, while also garnering first-team all-conference honors. Bollinger joins Clark and former standout Becky Newbry (1996-99) as the only true freshmen All-Americans in UW history.

Clark became the fifth player in Husky history to earn All-America honors more than once in her career. The 5-11 shortstop was second on the team in batting in 2001 with a .379 mark and led the UW in several other offensive categories, including home runs (14), runs scored (51) and slugging percentage (.734). A two-time, first-team all-Pac-10 honoree, Clark was named to the all-Pacific region second team last week.

Hauxhurst, a first-team all-region selection, led the UW in batting for most of the 2001 season, posting a .386 average, while leading the team in hits with 73. The senior co-captain also has reached base in 57 of 63 games, while recording a pair of double-digit hit streaks.

Overall, Washington now boasts 22 All-Americans in its short nine-year history.

The Huskies finished out their 2001 campaign with a 40-23 overall record, falling to reigning national champion Oklahoma in the NCAA Region 5 tournament final.

Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans

First Team
Pitcher - Jennie Finch Arizona Jr. La Mirada, CA
Pitcher - Britni Sneed LSU Jr. Houston, TX
Pitcher - Dana Sorensen Stanford Soph. San Diego, CA
Catcher - Stacey Nuveman UCLA Jr. La Verne, CA
First Base - Sarah Beeson Stanford Jr. Tucson, AZ
Second Base - Kelsey Kollen Michigan Jr. Cerritos, CA
Third Base - Toni Mascarenas Arizona Sr Gardeen Grove, CA
Shortstop - Natasha Watley UCLA Soph. Irvine, CA
Outfield - Kelly Kretschman Alabama Sr. Indian Harbour, FL
Outfield - Oli Keohohou, Brigham Young Fr. Newbeury Park, CA
Outfield - Lauren Bauer Arizona Sr. Santa Ana, CA
Utility - Kellie Wilkerson Mississippi St. Jr. Jacksonville, FL
Des. Player - Leneah Manuma Arizona Fr. San Diego, CA
At-Large (SS) - Kelli Braitsch Oklahoma Soph. Broken Arrow, OK
At-Large (P) - Kristi Hanks Iowa Jr. Santa Fe, TX
At-Large (OF) - Jessica Mendoza Stanford Jr. Camarillo, CA
At-Large (1B) - Veronica Nelson California Soph. Oakland, CA
At-Large (C) - Jenny Topping Cal State Fullerton Soph. Whittier, CA

Second Team
Pitcher - Jocelyn Forest California Jr. Santa Maria, CA
Pitcher - Shelley Laird Alabama Jr Spring, TX
Pitcher - Nicole Myers Florida Atlantic Jr. St. Petersburg, FL
Catcher - Ashli Barrett Oklahoma Sr. Oklahoma City, OK
First Base - Lisa Carey Oklahoma Sr. Topeka, KS
Second Base - Keisha Shepperson East Carolina Sr. Richmond, VA
Third Base - Tairia Mims UCLA Soph. Tucson, AZ
Shortstop - Alana Addison La.-Lafayette Jr. Gonzales, LA
Outfield - Sara Carlson Villanova Soph. Langley, BC, Canada
Outfield - Jackie McClain Alabama Fr. Soddy Daisy, TN
Outfield - Melissa Moulden Michigan Sr. Petersburg, MI
Utility - Sarah Martz DePaul Fr. Lanark, IL
Des. Player - Kristin Dennis Virginia Jr. Encinitas, CA
At-Large (UT) - Amanda Freed UCLA Jr. Cypress, CA
At-Large (OF) - Ashley Moore Auburn Jr. Birmingham, AL
At-Large (P) - Amanda Renfro Texas Tech Sr. Houston, TX
At-Large (P) - Kristin Schmidt Notre Dame Fr. Houston, TX
At-Large (OF) - Karen Williams Missouri Sr. Gaylord, MI

Third Team

Pitcher - Tia Bollinger Washington Fr. Santa Ana, CA
Pitcher - Jessica Chase SW Texas State Jr. West Palm Beach, FL
Pitcher - Leslie Malerich Florida State Jr. Marriville, IN
Catcher - Stefanie Christoferson Illinois-Chicago Sr. Santa Barbara, CA
First Base - Alicia Gerlach Iowa Jr. East Moline, IL
Second Base - Suzanne Olcott Alabama Jr. Birmingham, AL
Third Base - Becky McMurtry Illinois State Soph. North Platte, NE
Shortstop - Jaime Clark Washington Soph. Tustin, CA
Outfield - Deanna Dovak Rider Jr. Oakdale, NY
Outfield - Kelly Hauxhurst Washington Sr. Westminster, CA
Outfield - Jenny Kriech Notre Dame Jr. Indianapolis, IN
Utility - Erin Stremsterfer Southern Illinois Sr. Manchester, MO
Des. Player - Melanie Fisher Missouri Soph. St. Louis, MO
At-Large (P) - Cindy Ball Pacific Jr. Camarillo, CA
At-Large (OF) - Nicole Giordano Arizona Sr. Saugus, CA
At-Large (C) - Jarrah Myers Notre Dame Jr. Carbondale, KS
At-Large (SS)- Marci Ridenbaugh Kent State Fr. Canton, OH
At-Large (P) - Jennifer Sharron Notre Dame Sr. Agoura Hills, CA
At-large (P) - Jennifer Stewart Oklahoma Jr. Yukon, OK

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