Three UW Softball Players See Key Roles In 2001 USA Softball Shootout

June 11, 2001

SEATTLE - Less than 20 days after the completion of their 2001 collegiate seasons, three Washington softball players, 2001 graduate Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas), junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), found themselves back on the field representing the USA Blue team for the first two doubleheaders of the four-stop 2001 USA Softball Shootout. The USA Red and Blue teams, comprised of 32 of the nation's top softball players, split the pair of doubleheaders Friday in Portland, Ore., and Sunday in Spokane, Wash.

In the weekend's final game, both DePaul and Clark helped the USA Blue erase a 5-1 deficit in the final inning, as Clark hit a two-run home run and DePaul blasted a three-run, walk-off home run over the fence in left field to give her team a 6-5 win. Bollinger earned the complete-game victory in the circle, striking out five in a game which was limited to just four innings due to early flight plans.

DePaul, who completed her eligibility with the Huskies this season, played and started in each of the team's games, splitting time between third base and right field. A two-time All-American, Clark started all four games at shortstop and batted in the clean-up position, while Bollinger saw action in two games, striking out six in 2.2 innings in her first appearance.

The 2001 USA Softball Shootout continues June 14, in Sacramento, Calif., and June 17, in Los Angeles, Calif. ESPN2 will broadcast the first of the two games in Spokane on July 5, at 5 p.m., while the June 17, game between the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) Gold and the USA Red team will air live beginning at 12 p.m. (PT) on ESPN. For more information, including game recaps and box scores, please go to www.usasoftball.com.

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