No. 9 Softball Looks To Continue Its Winning Ways Versus Oregon, Oregon State

April 17, 2002

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SEATTLE -

Last Week:
4/12 No. 8 California* L, 1-4
4/13 No. 3 Stanford* W, 11-3 (5)

This Week:
4/15 No. 3 Stanford* W, 3-0
4/19 Oregon* 2 p.m.
4/20 No. 14 Oregon St.* (FOX/KKNW) 1 p.m.
4/21 No. 14 Oregon St* (KKNW) 1 p.m.

Next Week:
4/24 at UCLA* 2 p.m.
4/26 at Stanford* (KKNW) 7 p.m.
4/27 at California* (KKNW) 2 p.m.
4/28 at California* (KKNW) 1 p.m.

Keep On Rolling: The ninth-ranked Washington softball team hopes to build on its two-game sweep of No. 3 Stanford this weekend when Oregon and 14th-ranked Oregon State come to Seattle.

The Huskies outscored the Ducks 27-3 in three games a year ago, while the UW will look to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Beavers earlier this season.

On The Tube: The Washington-Oregon State game this Saturday, April 20, will be televised live on FOX Sports Net at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Jim Watson and former Washington All-American Angie Arlati (Marzetta) will make the call from Husky Softball Stadium.

The game will also be rebroadcast locally on Fox Sports Northwest on Tuesday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. PDT.

Raving About Rivera: Washington freshman catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.), who hit three home runs in a pair of wins over No. 3 Stanford, has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Rivera helped the Huskies end a four-game losing skid by belting a pair of home runs in the team's 11-3 win over the Cardinal last Saturday. Rivera had a three-run shot in the second inning, before hitting a two-run, four-bagger in the fourth.

Two days later, the 5-10 freshman had the game-winning hit - a three-run home run - in the first inning of the team's 3-0 victory versus Stanford. For the week, Rivera hit .429 with three runs scored, three home runs and eight RBI, while recording a remarkable 1.714 slugging percentage.

Rivera's 13 home runs tie as the fifth most in Husky history and are the second most by a true freshman. Ten of Rivera's 13 home runs have also come over the last 17 games.

The award is Rivera's first such honor of her career and third for the team this season, joining two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Washington has earned 48 Pac-10 weekly honors since the program's inception in 1993.

Home Run, Home Run, Home Run: Although separated by a day, UW freshman Kristen Rivera's three home runs against Stanford all came in consecutive plate appearances over the two-game span. Rivera's feat is rivaled only by former standout Christie Rosenblad's performance a year ago. Rosenblad hit four home runs in consecutive plate appearances in a span of two games on February 10, 2001.

Six In Right: In Monday's win over Stanford, UW sophomore Nicki Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) became the sixth player to start in right field for the Huskies so far this season. Holt made good on her first career defensive start, finishing flawless in the field and recording her first career hit.

Junior Traci Tawney (Fall City, Wash.) and sophomores Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.), Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.), Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) and Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) have all seen starting time in right field. Jeffries and Owen lead the group with 15 starts each, while leftfielder Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and shortstop Jaime Clark are the only two UW players to have started in the same position in all 47 games.

Double Dipping: Kristen Rivera's two home runs against Stanford on April 13, marked the fourth time this season that a Washington player has hit two, four-baggers in one game. Rivera also hit two home runs in a 5-2 victory over Santa Clara (March 24), while junior Jaime Clark went yard twice in wins versus Boston University (Feb. 23) and UC Santa Barbara (March 3).

In the program's 10-year history, nine different players have hit two home runs in a game 18 times, led by Clark, who has done so a school record five times.

Breaking Up The No-No: With her home run against California, shortstop Jaime Clark has been the spoiler in two no-hit bids by opposing pitchers in the seventh inning. Against UCLA, Clark broke up Bruin Keira Goerl's no-hitter with a lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh, while she did the same with no outs versus Cal's Jocelyn Forest last Friday.

Dawg Bites: Despite being kept off the basepaths versus Arizona State two weeks ago, Jaime Clark has reached base at least once in 46 of 47 games ... Clark's career-best 18-game hitting streak and 53-game on-base streak both came to an end versus the Sun Devils ... Washington's 41 home runs so far this season are the third most in Husky history and rank second in the Pac-10 behind Arizona's 73 ... after finishing with a program low 75 stolen bases in 2001, the 2002 Huskies continue to lead the Pac-10 in stolen bases with 86 in 99 attempts ... all three UW pitchers have appeared in a game five times and just 16 of the team's 47 games in 2002 have featured only one Husky in the circle.

At The Top Of Their Game: In the second set of NCAA rankings through April 14, Washington continues to appear prominently in several categories.

As a team, the Huskies are 16th in team batting average (.300), 27th in earned-run average (1.45) and ninth in scoring (5.50 runs/game).

Individually, Jaime Clark leads the nation in RBI with 60, is tied for third in most home runs with 15 and has the 13th-best batting average (.437). Freshman Kristen Rivera (6th - 46 RBI, 10th - 12 home runs), sophomore Rita Roach (38th - .405 batting avg.) and senior Becky Simpson (28th - 0.11 triples per game) round out the group.

Ranking Among The Best: In the second set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on April 11, the Huskies remain among the top 10 teams in the Pacific Region. All seven other Pac-10 teams appear in the rankings, while Washington has also played the two other schools - Brigham Young and San Diego State.

For the second year, the first two regional rankings will be listed in alphabetical order and not ranked from top to bottom. The bi-weekly rankings are used as a part of the championship tournament selection process and consist of six regions with 10 teams apiece.

Scouting the Oregon Ducks (18-18, 0-9 Pac-10): Winless in the Pac-10 so far this season, Oregon is in search of its first conference win since a 4-0 upset of Arizona State on April 1, 2001.

Under interim head coach Brent Rincon, the Ducks are led offensively by a pair of juniors in Andrea Vidlund and Alyssa Laux. Vidlund is hitting a team-best .363 with 33 RBI and seven home runs, while Laux boasts a .347 batting average with 19 runs scored.

Like the UW, Oregon has a trio of pitchers, all of whom have seen their fair time in the circle. Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby leads the way with a 7-4 record, 2.25 ERA and 64 strikeouts. Freshman Lindsey Kontra (5-8, 2.50 ERA) and senior Connie McMurren (6-6, 2.89 ERA) round out the group.

The Huskies carry a six-game win streak versus the Ducks into this Friday's match-up. The UW leads the all-time series with a 26-7 record.

Scouting the Oregon State Beavers (32-13, 5-4 Pac-10): The only Pac-10 team the Huskies faced prior to the conference season, Oregon State defeated the UW 3-0 back on February 24, at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

Currently, OSU boasts four players with batting averages above the .300 mark, including team leader Clare Burnum, who is hitting .351 with a team-best 25 runs, 14 doubles and eight stolen bases. Junior Brynnen Guthrie (.340, 23 RBI) and Michelle Chariton (.337) are also threats on offense.

Three Beaver pitchers share the starting duties under head coach Kirk Walker. Sophomore Monica Hoffman (11-6, 1.22 ERA) and transfer Kristen Hunter (11-4, 1.69 ERA) both are 11-game winners, while senior Crystal Draper (10-3, 1.80 ERA) is tops on the team in strikeouts (154) and innings pitched (116.2).

Washington is 29-6 all-time versus the Beavers, which includes wins in seven of the last 10 meetings.

On The Horizon: The Huskies head back out on the road for seven of their last 10 regular season games. The UW will play a single game at UCLA on April 24, and then stay in California for three games at Stanford (April 26) and California (April 27-28).

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 continues April 20-21 with the two-game series with Oregon State in Seattle. Three more UW road games also will be broadcast at Stanford (April 26) and California (April 27-28).

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 471-176 record, accruing an incredible .728 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 675-337 (.667) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota.

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