No. 12 Softball Resumes Travel Schedule With A Road Trip To California

March 12, 2002

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Last Week:
3/11 Simon Fraser W, 13-0 (5)

This 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

Next Week:
3/24 at Santa Clara (DH) 12 p.m.

Final Tourney Swing: For the 10th straight season, the No. 12 Washington softball team heads to Fullerton, Calif., for the Kia Klassic, March 14-17, hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

The Kia is the Huskies' final regular season tournament of the year, while it begins a string of two straight weekly trips to California.

A Chilly Home Opener: After a two-hour rain delay, the Washington softball team wasted little time in crushing Simon Fraser, defeating the Clan 13-0 in five innings Sunday at Husky Softball Stadium.

With the win, the 12th-ranked Huskies won their season opener for the eighth time in the program's 10-year history to move to 21-7 overall. The Clan, meanwhile, fell to 7-2 in 2002, as the teams only played one game of their scheduled doubleheader.

Seeing Double-Double: The 13-run, 12-hit barrage versus the Clan was the second game in a row that the UW has reached double-digits in both runs scored and hits. The Huskies scored 15 runs on 12 hits against UCSB to finish out the Red Desert Classic on March 3.

In 2002, Washington has reached double digits in runs scored three times and hits eight times, while opponents have failed to make a mark in either category.

Wilson Coaches Her 1,000th: In her 16th season as a head coach, UW's Teresa Wilson enters this week's tournament, just four 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 in the first game of bracket play at the Kia Klassic on March 15.

Huskies A Steal: With five stolen bases against Simon Fraser, the Huskies already have three players with 10 stolen bases or more this season. Sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) leads the way with 12 to her credit, while outfielders Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) both reached double-figures last weekend with 10 stolen bases apiece.

For the year, 10 different Washington players have combined for 54 stolen bases. Last year, the UW had 41 stolen bases through 28 games, including a team-best eight by then senior Kim DePaul.

Clark Gets On...Base: Almost half-way through the regular season, UW junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) continues to help lead the offensive charge, reaching base in all of the team's 28 games. Clark has at least one hit in 22 games, while getting on base via a walk in the other six.

In the past nine games, the team's starting shortstop has been on a tear, leading the UW in hitting with a .444 average, while blasting eight of her 12 home runs on the season. Clark also has a team-high 12 runs scored and 19 RBI to go along with a 1.333 slugging percentage during that span.

Revolving Right Field: While senior Becky Simpson and sophomore Rita Roach have already cemented their starting spots in left and center field, right field has been another matter.

Five different Huskies have seen starting time out in right field. Sophomore Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) leads the contingent with 12 starts, followed by sophomore Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.), who has been the starting right fielder seven times. Husky junior Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.) has made five starts and sophomores Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) and Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) round out the group with two appearances each.

Past Outings At The Kia Klassic: Washington makes its 10th straight trip to the Kia Klassic this weekend ... the Huskies own a 41-14 all-time record at the tournament, which was also sponsored by Pony and Louisville ... the UW claimed the Kia Klassic title in 2000, beating Arizona, 6-1, in the championships game to finish with a perfect 7-0 record ... this year's tournament field includes sixteen teams, including nine currently ranked in the top 25 poll ... the Huskies will play three pool games versus Utah, Fresno State and Louisiana-Lafayette before heading into bracket play on Friday evening ... the UW's first bracket game will be against one of the four schools in pool A, including Arizona, Cal State Northridge, Notre Dame or Texas Tech.

Scouting the Utah Utes (10-21): Utah and Washington will face each other for the second time this season, with the UW winning the schools' first meeting back on March 2 (4-1), in windy conditions at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah. The Utes' have not played since falling to Stanford back on March 3, as their doubleheader versus Arizona last weekend was canceled.

Under head coach Mona Stevens, senior Molly McLean is one of two Utah players to average over the .300 mark, adding 15 runs scored, seven doubles and 14 RBI. Sophomore Melissa Stahnke also has been an offensive leaders for the Utes, hitting .300 with 16 runs scored, six home runs and 16 RBI. In the circle, sophomore Heather Bowlin (6-8, 2.25 ERA) and junior Jennifer Pursell (4-11, 2.66 ERA) have split most of the pitching time this season.

Scouting the Fresno State Bulldogs (19-6): Another second time opponent, the Huskies will look to avenge a 2-0 loss to Fresno State earlier this season at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The 10th-ranked Bulldogs are currently 19-6 overall with one more game still to play at home Tuesday versus Tennessee Tech.

Under head coach Margie Wright, Fresno State is led offensively by senior third baseman Lindsay Fossatti (.329 avg., 10 RBI), while pitcher Jamie Southern has dominated her competition, recording a 13-3 record with a 0.21 earned-run average and 164 strikeouts in 131.1 innings pitched.

The Bulldogs, who own a 7-6 edge in the all-time series, are 12-3 overall since their win over the UW back on February 22.

Scouting the Louisiana-Lafayette Lady Cajuns (17-3): Washington's other ranked opponent in pool play, Louisiana-Lafayette, enters this week's tournament with a 17-3 record and a No. 19 national ranking. The Lady Cajuns, who are coached by Stefni Lotief, have won five of the eight meetings with the Huskies, although the UW has come out victorious three of the last four times.

So far in 2002, senior shortstop Alana Addision is hitting a team-best .468 with 20 runs scored, six home runs and 22 RBI. Starters Becky McMurtry (.355, 20 RBI) and Jerie Alexander (.319, 17 R) are also hitting over the .300 mark. Three pitchers have seen significant starting time for the Lady Cajuns, including Brooke Mitchell (6-1, 1.01 ERA), Michael Parrott (8-1, 1.77 ERA) and Melissa Coronado (3-1, 2.47 ERA).

On The Horizon: The Huskies will spend their Spring Break in California, as the UW travels to Northern California for a pair of doubleheaders at Santa Clara (March 24) and No. 18 Pacific (March 26). The UW owns a combined 11-0 record all-time versus the Broncos and Tigers.

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.

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 460-171 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 664-332 (.667) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota.

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