Three UW Softball Players Lead USA Blue To A Gold Medal At The Pan Am Games Qualifier

Aug. 6, 2001

SEATTLE - University of Washington softball players, junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) and 2001 graduate Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas), helped the USA Blue squad to a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal at the 2001 Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 27-August 4.

The USA squad had advanced to the tournament final with a 1-0 victory over Canada, however, rain caused the cancellation of both the semis and championship final, as the USA was awarded the gold medal. As result of the team's first-place finish, the USA will be the top seed at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic and also qualified for the 2002 world championships in Canada.

A two-time All-American, Clark joined former University of Arizona standout Lauren Bauer on the all-tournament team. The Huskies' starting shortstop led the tournament field with a .483 batting average, including three doubles, two triples, three home runs and 19 RBI. Clark was one of five USA players to hit over the .400 mark, as the team outscored its opponents, 74-0.

DePaul and Bollinger also played critical roles in USA Blue's success. Bollinger struck out eight and allowed just one hit in five innings in the team's 10-0 romp over Bermuda, and then added her second victory of the tournament with a two-hitter against the Netherlands Antillas.

DePaul, meanwhile, was the hero in the team's 1-0 victory over Canada, belting a walk-off home run to lead-off the bottom of the ninth inning. A four-time all-conference honoree at the UW, DePaul started eight games in right field, finishing tournament play with four hits, three runs scored and three RBI.

2001 Pan Am Qualifier
Maracay, Venezuela
July 27-August 4

July 27 - USA 12, Guatemala 0
July 28 - USA 10, Bermuda 0, USA 4, Colombia 0
July 29 - USA 9, Brazil 0
July 30 - USA 10, Mexico 0
July 31 - USA 10, Netherlands Antillas 0
Aug. 1 - USA 12, Bahamas 0
Aug. 2 - USA 6, Venezuela 0
Aug. 3 - USA 1, Canada 0 (9)

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