No. 10 Softball Heads To Arizona For Its First Pac-10 Road Trip

April 3, 2002

SEATTLE -

Last Week:
3/26 at No. 19 Pacific (DH) W, 9-5, 9-7
3/29 No. 1 UCLA* L, 0-2
3/30 No. 1 UCLA* W, 9-6

This Week:
4/2 Portland St. (DH) W, 6-2, 9-1(5)
4/5 at Arizona* (KKNW) 6 p.m. (7 p.m. MT)
4/6 at Arizona State* (KKNW) 6 p.m. (7 p.m. MT)
4/7 at Arizona State* (KKNW) 1 p.m.

Next Week:
4/12 California* 2 p.m.
4/13 Stanford* 2 p.m.
4/14 Stanford* 1 p.m.

Arizona Bound: The 10th-ranked Washington softball team will head out on its first Pac-10 road trip of the year against a pair of ranked foes in No. 2 Arizona and No. 8 Arizona State.

The Huskies were 1-2 against both schools last season.

Taking A Bite Out Of The Vikings: In their final non-conference games of the regular season, the Huskies moved to a perfect 23-0 all-time versus Portland State with a pair of victories Tuesday at Husky Softball Stadium.

Both Husky starting pitchers, sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) and freshman Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.), had 10 strikeouts apiece in the 6-2 and 9-1 victories.

Offensively, Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) went 4-for-6 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBI, while freshman Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) hit her second career home run to break a 2-2 tie in the first game.

Non-Conference (No Problem): Following its two wins over Portland State, Washington extended its record of wins over non-conference opponents at home to an unbelievable 64-0. The streak, which spans 10 seasons, also includes a 14-0 record in NCAA Regional action, which the UW hosted from 1998-2000 and in 1996.

K x 10: With 10 strikeouts versus Portland State, UW freshman Ashley Boek recorded a career-high, beating her previous mark of eight versus Florida (Feb. 14). Boek's 10-strikeout performance matched teammate Tia Bollinger's 10 K's in the first half of the doubleheader with the Vikings.

Earlier this season, Bollinger fanned a career-best 12 batters in the team's 4-0 win over UNLV. The sophomore right-hander became the first Husky pitcher to reach double-digits in strikeouts since Jennifer Spediacci struck out 13 in an NCAA Regional victory over Western Illinois on May 19, 2000.

In 2002, the UW pitching staff has combined to reach double-digits in strikeouts eight times, including a three-game streak in wins over Florida Atlantic (13), Florida State (10) and Louisville (11).

Nine Is The Number: Nine seems to be the magic number for the UW offense as of late. The Huskies have scored exactly nine runs in five of their last eight games, outscoring opponents 56-25 during that span.

For the season, Washington has scored nine or more runs in a game 11 times.

Jaime POWer - Round Two: For the second time this season, UW junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, after helping the Huskies to three wins over ranked foes, including an upset of No. 1 UCLA, the conference office announced Monday.

Clark hit a team-best .471 overall (7-for-15) with four runs scored, three home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.133 slugging percentage. The team co-captain also had a sacrifice fly, a double and no strikeouts in the Huskies' four games against No. 18 Pacific and No. 1 UCLA.

Clark extended her current hitting streak to 14 games, a career-best and team season-high, while also running her streak of consecutive games on base to 49.

In 2002, the two-time All-American is leading the team in batting with a .434 average and is first in home runs (14), RBI (56) and runs scored (40). The award is the junior's second such honor of the season and fourth of her career. Washington has earned 47 Pac-10 weekly honors since the program's inception in 1993.

The Century Club: Shortstop Jaime Clark joined an elite club last week as one of just four Husky players to ever record 100 total bases or more in a season three times in their career.

Clark, who leads the Pac-10 this season with 108, had a team-high 130 total bases a year ago, after leading the nation as a freshman in 2000 with a school record 176.

The junior joins Husky greats Sara Pickering (1995-97), Jen Cline (1994-96) and Michelle Church (1994-96), who each reached the century mark in total bases in their final three seasons at the UW.

Staying Alive: With hits in each of her last at-bats in three of the team's last four games, Husky junior Jaime Clark continues to keep two impressive streaks alive.

Clark enters this weekend with a current 16-game hitting streak, a career-best and a team season-high. The 16-game streak is the second longest in school history behind former All-American Rosie Leutzinger's 21-game hitting streak from March 4 to April 8, 2000.

Clark also has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch at least once in each of her last 51 games. During that span, Clark has at least one hit in 43 games, while getting on base via a walk or hit by pitch in eight others.

Best Of The Best: Three Washington softball players, current junior Jaime Clark and former standouts Kim DePaul (1997-2000) and Sara Pickering (1994-1997), are among 20 athletes invited to participate in the USA Softball team camp, May 30-June 3, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The 20 will join 22 other players who were selected in January to compete for spots on teams that will represent the U.S. in international competition this summer. An additional 10 to 18 players will also be added to the camp during the first week of May.

Two teams will be selected following the team camp in June. One will represent the USA at the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, HI, (July 4-7), the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada (July 16-21) and the ISF Women's World Championship in Saskatoon, Canada (July 25-August 4).

The second team selected will be called the USA Softball Elite Team, and it will help prepare the World Championship team for international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. The Elite Team will also compete in the Canada Cup.

Scouting the Arizona Wildcats (33-4, 2-0 Pac-10): Second-ranked Arizona enters this Friday's game versus the Huskies with a six-game winning streak, with the last five coming against No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 8 Arizona State.

Under head coach Mike Candrea, the Wildcats are hitting .343 as a team with 67 home runs. Starters Lovieanne Jung (.426, 43 R) and Leneah Manuma (.398, 17 HR, 58 RBI) have paced the team so far, while seven other players are batting above the .300 mark.

In the circle, All-American Jennie Finch has an NCAA record 59 consecutive wins in the circle, boasting a 19-0 record and a 0.62 ERA this season. Finch is joined by fellow starter sophomore Jenny Gladding, who is 14-4 and carries a 1.75 ERA in 100 innings pitched.

Arizona leads the all-time series between the two schools with a 36-12 advantage.

Scouting the Arizona State Sun Devils (30-9, 0-2 Pac-10): With a pair of losses to in-state rival Arizona last weekend, the eighth-ranked Sun Devils dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season, carrying a 30-9 overall record into this weekend.

ASU, under head coach Linda Wells, has been led offensively this season by sophomore Phelan Wright, senior Nichole Thompson and junior Kara Brun, who all sport batting averages over the .400 mark. Wright is first on the team with 13 doubles and six home runs, while Brun has a team-best 38 RBI.

Pitchers Erica Beach (18-6), Kirsten Voak (7-3) and Kristen Swetel (5-0) have split the starting duties so far in 2002. Beach has led the way with a team-best 116 strikeouts in 143 innings pitched.

UW hold a large advantage in the all-time series, carrying a 29-8 record versus the Sun Devils into Saturday's game.

On The Horizon: The Huskies return home for a six-game home stand, beginning Friday, April 12, versus California. The UW then plays host to Stanford (April 13-14), followed by Oregon (April 19) and Oregon State (April 20-21).

Follow The Huskies: Due to some equipment problems, the Husky home games versus UCLA and Portland State did not feature live stats. Every effort will be made to carry live stats for all the remaining Husky home games, beginning April 12 versus California. Turn to Washington's official website, www.gohuskies.com for more details.

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. Please turn to www.newschannel1150.com to listen to live audio via the web.

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.

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 471-173 record, accruing an incredible .731 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 675-334 (.669) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota.

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