No. 12 Softball Plays Host To Simon Fraser Saturday In Home Opener

March 6, 2002

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Last Week:
3/1 vs. Brigham Young^ L, 4-6
3/1 vs. UNLV^ W, 4-0
3/2 vs. Utah State^ W, 1-0
3/2 vs. Utah^ W, 4-1
3/3 vs. UC Santa Barbara^ W, 15-5(5)

This Week:
3/9 Simon Fraser (DH) 1 p.m.

Next Week:
3/14 vs. Utah& 1 p.m.
3/14 vs. Fresno State& 7 p.m.
3/15 vs. La.-Lafayette& 11 a.m.
3/15-17 Playoffs& TBA

Home At Last: After spending 23 of the last 35 days on the road, the 12th-ranked Washington (20-7) softball team returns to Seattle for its home opener March 9, versus non-conference foe Simon Fraser in doubleheader action at 1 p.m.

The Huskies' two games with the Clan are the earliest home games in program history, with the previous coming last season versus Texas on March 10.

First Pitch Luncheon: Washington will play host to its third annual 'First Pitch' luncheon, Wednesday, March 6, in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium. The luncheon, which honors the UW softball and baseball teams, is slated to begin at noon.

Special guests include former UW standouts Angie (Marzetta) Arlati and Mike Blowers, along with emcee Bill Swartz.

44 for 44: Entering the weekend just two short of the record, UW junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) smashed the school record for career home runs with five in five games last weekend to bring her three-year total up to 47.

Clark broke the previous record set by All-American Jen Cline, who hit 43 over her four-year career from 1993-96. The Huskies' starting shortstop hit No. 44 (also her jersey number, incidentally) in the team's second game of the weekend - a 4-0 win over UNLV on March 1.

Clark also broke another of Cline's records in the final game of the Red Desert Classic when she went yard twice versus UC Santa Barbara. The two-home run effort was the fifth time in her career that she has hit two home runs in a game and the second time she has done so this season (also vs. Boston, Feb. 23).

Clark POWer: After hitting five home runs in five games at last weekend's Red Desert Classic, UW junior Jaime Clark has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Clark hit a solo home run and a pair of two and three-run home runs to help the Huskies to a 4-1 record at the 10-team tournament in St. George, Utah. The team's starting shortstop finished the weekend with a .333 batting average, six runs scored, 11 RBI, 20 total bases and a 1.333 slugging percentage.

The award is Clark's third such honor of her career and first for the team this season. Washington has earned 46 Pac-10 weekly honors since the program's inception in 1993.

The Magic 100: With its No. 12 national ranking last week, the Washington softball team has now been ranked in the top 25 in each of the last 100 poll datings. The Huskies' streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also includes smaller streaks of 66 straight top-6 rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 68 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01).

This week, the UW made it 101st appearance in the top 25 with its No. 12 national ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.

Loading Up On RBI: So far in 2002, Washington players have now tallied four or more RBI in a game seven times this season. Junior Jaime Clark had a career-best six RBI versus Boston University (Feb. 23) and added a pair of five-RBI performances versus UCSB (3/3) and Hofstra (2/15).

Clark is joined by freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) who recorded five RBI in the team's 9-1 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga and four RBI in a victory at Cal State Northridge (2/2). Freshman Kristen Rivera (4 RBI vs. Louisville) and sophomore Amanda Oleson (4 RBI vs. Long Beach St.) round out the four-some.

We'll Take An Extra Base Or Two: Twenty-seven games into its 2002 campaign, the Washington softball team has already combined for 63 extra-base hits, including 33 doubles, 10 triples and 20 home runs.

Ten players have accounted for the 33 doubles, led by junior Jaime Clark, who has six to her credit. Seven players also have hit triples this season, including senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.), who has four to already tie her for sixth-most in the program's season record books. Clark, meanwhile, has half of the team's home run total, recording 10 so far in 2002.

On the flip side, the Husky pitching staff has not surrendered more than one extra base hit in 21 of the team's 27 games.

Not On My Watch: So far this season, the Washington defense has proved stingy nine times when it comes to plays at the plate. The Huskies have thrown out nine runners trying to score on a non-force out, including three times at the Red Desert Classic.

Last weekend, the combo of UW centerfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) and catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) hooked up for the third time this season, as Roach threw out Utah's Angie Kenney, who was trying to score on a two-out single.

In the other two plays at the plate last weekend, Husky shortstop Jaime Clark caught BYU's Kate Walker in a run down and second baseman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) threw to Rivera for an out versus UC Santa Barbara.

The Huskies threw out a pair of runners at the plate earlier this season on consecutive plays versus Tennessee-Chattanooga. In that game, Roach threw out Lady Moc Jolene Martin, who was trying to score from second on a single. A play later, Husky shortstop Jaime Clark threw out another Chattanooga base runner to end the inning.

Clark and Rivera have combined two other times, while Rivera threw to third baseman Kathy Fiske for an out at the plate in the team's win against San Diego State.

Stealing Amanda: After stealing just eight bases in her entire freshman campaign, UW first baseman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) has already stolen a team-best 12 bases in 2002. Oleson began the season with a career-high three stolen bases against Louisiana-Monroe and later added a pair versus Louisville. The junior has one stolen base in seven other games, while she has been caught stealing on just one occasion versus Tennessee-Chattanooga.

A year ago, senior Kim DePaul and Becky Simpson tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 13 apiece. The 2001 squad finished the season with 75 stolen bases, while this year's team already has 49 to its credit.

Wilson Nears 1,000: In her 16th season as a head coach, UW's Teresa Wilson enters this weekend's doubleheader, just five games away from coaching her 1,000th career game. Wilson, whose head coaching career also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota, is currently on pace to coach her 1,000th game at the Kia Klassic versus Louisiana-Lafayette (March 15).

Success In Seattle: In the program's nine seasons, the Huskies have posted an incredible .774 winning percentage at home, carrying a 137-40 record into this Saturday's doubleheader. The UW also is 127-28 (.819) at Husky Softball Stadium, after playing its inaugural season in 1993 in nearby Bellevue, Wash.

Washington In Home Openers (7-2)April 1, 1993 - W, 7-4 vs. Simon Fraser
April 10, 1994 - W, 6-0 vs. Willamette
April 1, 1995 - L, 0-5 vs. Arizona
April 13, 1996 - W, 3-0 vs. California
April 8, 1997 - W, 10-1 vs. Pacific Lutheran
March 28, 1998 - W, 2-1 vs. Stanford
March 27, 1999 - L, 1-4 vs. Stanford
April 14, 2000 - W, 2-0 vs. Arizona State
March 10, 2001 - W, 11-0 vs. Texas

Scouting the Simon Fraser Clan (7-1): Washington and Simon Fraser meet for the first time since 1999. The Huskies have dominated the series, winning all 11 games and outscoring the Clan 102-7.

Simon Fraser, which is ranked second in NAIA, won the Central Washington Invitational last weekend, finishing with a 7-1 record. The Clan's only loss this season is a 4-3 extra-inning affair versus Seattle University. Under head coach Mike Renney, two Simon Fraser pitchers have already thrown no-hitters, as Auburn Sigurdson did so in the team's season-opener with Pacfic University and sophomore Erin Thomas no-hit Western Oregon.

In 2001, the Clan finished second at the NAIA national championships with a 32-11-1 overall record.

On The Horizon: The Huskies resume tournament play with their 10th consecutive trip to the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif., March 13-17. The UW will face Utah (March 14), Fresno State (March 14) and Louisiana-Lafayette (March 15) in pool play, prior to bracket play beginning Friday evening.

Sixteen teams are scheduled to participate, including nine currently ranked in the top 25 poll.

Huskies On The Airwaves: The Washington softball team will have eight games broadcast live on KKNW 1150-AM in 2002. Mike Brown will handle play-by-play duties for the fifth-straight season, while John Cowley will provide color commentary.

UW is one of the few softball programs in the nation with regular-season games broadcast by a local radio station. This year's schedule begins April 5, as all three of the Huskies' games in Arizona will be broadcast from both the University of Arizona (April 5) and Arizona State (April 6-7). Three more UW road games also will be broadcast at Stanford (April 26) and California (April 27-28), while the Huskies two-game series with Oregon State (April 20-21) in Seattle are also on-tap.

Each game's broadcast will begin and end with a 15-minute pre- and post-game show, featuring interviews with UW players and coaches.

Celebrating 10 Years Of Husky Softball: The 2002 season marks the start of the 10th year of Husky Softball. The program, which played its inaugural season in 1993, celebrated its 10-year anniversary with an alumnae game on September 29, 2001.

Some of the biggest names in Washington softball history returned to Seattle for the game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Over 25 alumnae and 14 of the program's 15 All-Americans took part in the festivities.

Pac-10 Power: For the second consecutive year, the University of Washington softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a poll of conference coaches announced January 15.

The Huskies received 28 points overall to place behind Arizona (46), UCLA (46) and Stanford (37). Arizona and UCLA, who both advanced to the NCAA final in 2001, tied with 46 points, splitting the eight first-place votes for the second straight year. Behind Washington was California (21), Oregon State (21), Arizona State (18) and Oregon (7).

Over the past three seasons, the Huskies have been picked by the conference coaches to finish second (2000), third (1999) and fourth (2001). Washington won the Pac-10 title for the second time in school history in 2000, while it ended up in third place in both 1999 and 2001.

Young And The Restless: With 10 freshmen on its 19-player roster a year ago, the Huskies remain a young squad in 2002. This year's team includes six freshmen, nine sophomores, three juniors and just one senior - outfielder Becky Simpson.

The last time the UW had just one senior on its roster was in 1999, when three-time All-American Becky Newbry helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA title game.

Far And Wide: The 2002 schedule will take the Huskies to six different states beginning with California, Florida, Georgia and Utah in just the first month of the season. The UW will later take trips to Arizona and finally Oregon for Pac-10 play with the University of Oregon and Oregon State.

Dinning With The Dawgs: Outback Steakhouse and the Husky softball team will play host to Dinner with the Dawgs on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in the Dempsey Indoor, immediately following the 1 p.m. Oregon State game. The festivities will include a meal catered by Outback Steakhouse, silent and live auctions that day and a 2002 Husky Softball poster.

Tickets to the event are $15.00 per person (children five and under free) and will be on sale at any Husky home softball game leading up to the event. Those interested may also download a flier from Washington's official website - www.gohuskies.com.

Head Coach Teresa Wilson: Teresa Wilson wasted no time in building a perennial contender for the NCAA Championship at the University of Washington. In nine years, Wilson has led the Huskies to five trips to the College World Series, including appearances in the championship game in 1996 and 1999. UW has earned eight straight berths in the NCAA tournament, a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll, and two Pac-10 titles.

As the only head coach in Husky history, Wilson has led the Huskies to a 459-171 record, accruing an incredible .729 winning percentage. All totaled, Wilson's players have earned 22 All-America certificates, 64 mentions on all-Pac-10 squads, and 48 all-conference academic honors.

A fierce competitor, Wilson, a native of Pickering, Mo., was an All-American pitcher at the University of Missouri from 1980-83. Her 15-year career coaching record of 663-332 (.666) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota.

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