Softball Heads To California To Play In The Worth Invitational

Feb. 26, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The No. 4 Washington softball team (12-0-1) heads to Fullerton, Calif., for its fourth-straight road trip. The Huskies will play five games in the Worth Invitational, Feb. 28-March 2, against Portland State, No. 20 Ohio State, Northwestern, Pacific and Purdue. Washington is fresh off a sweep of its opponents at the NFCA Leadoff Classic to win pool six and record its best start in its 11-year history.

Friday, February 28: Washington vs. Portland State, 10 a.m.
Friday, February 28: Washington vs. No. 20 Ohio State, 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: Washington vs. Northwestern, 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 1: Washington vs. Pacific, Noon
Sunday, March 2: Washington vs. Purdue, 10 a.m.

SERIES HISTORY: Washington has faced all five of its scheduled Worth Invitational opponents and holds a commanding 42-3 (.933) all-time lead. The Huskies are 23-0 against Portland State, including a pair of victories last season, 6-2 and 9-1 (5). Tia Bollinger and Ashley Boek each recorded 10 strikeouts from the mound against the Vikings. UW holds a 6-2 lead over No. 20 Ohio State but still feels the sting of last season's 2-1 loss at the regional tournament, which knocked the Dawgs out of postseason play. Washington is 5-1 all-time against Northwestern, including a 2-1 win on Feb. 15 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic. Jaime Clark drove in Megan Owen for the game-winner. Own scored both runs for the Huskies. UW is 7-0 all-time against Pacific, including a pair of victories last season, 9-5 and 9-7. Clark had nine RBIs in the twinbill. The Huskies are 1-0 against Purdue, winning a 9-4 contest in 1996.

COACH WILSON: In 11 seasons as the head coach at UW, Teresa Wilson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, nine NCAA Regionals and two second place finishes at the College World Series. Her overall UW record stands at 497-182-1 (.732) and she is 701-343-1 (.672) all-time. Before becoming the Husky head coach in 1993, Wilson served as the head coach at Minnesota for two seasons (1990-1991) and at Oregon for four seasons (1986-89). All totaled, Wilson has coached 24 All-Americans, 69 all-conference selections and 50 academic all-conference honorees. A 1983 All-American pitcher for Missouri, she is joined by assistants Scott Centala and Steve Dailey.

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Portland State (1-4) was idle last week after making its season debut at the UNLV Softball Classic with a 1-4 record. PSU finished the tournament on a high note, defeating host UNLV, 5-3.

The Vikings are outhitting their opponents, .252- .248 but have only scored 13 runs to their opponents 26. Megumi Hackett leads the team with a .400 batting average (6-for-15), while Annie Peccia and Kayla Lewis have each notched three RBIs for Portland State.

PSU's pitching staff has a 4.91 earned run average and is led by Michelle Hext (1-1) and Morgan Seibert (0-2). Hext has a team-low 1.64 ERA with eight strikeouts in 11 innings pitched, while Seibert has fanned 16 batters in 16 innings of work.

SCOUTING OHIO STATE: No. 20 Ohio State (5-4) improved one position in this week's poll after notching a 3-1 record at the NFCA Leadoff Classic last week. The Buckeyes upset No. 8 DePaul, 4-3, while also defeating Liberty, 3-1 and Villanova, 4-3. OSU's only loss was to No. 10 Arizona State, 1-0.

The Buckeyes are outhitting their opponents, .256 to .218, headlined by Karisa Evans and Jennifer Link. Evans is hitting .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs, while Link boasts a .355 average (11-for-31) with a double, triple and a team-leading four RBIs.

Ohio State's pitching staff is led by Kristi DeVries (4-1) and Katie Chain (1-2). DeVries has tossed 29.1 innings for OSU, giving up six earned runs, while striking out 27. Chain has thrown 27.0 innings for the Buckeyes and leads the team with 32 strikeouts, including 16 against Liberty last week. She also maintains a team-best .181 opponent batting average.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN: Northwestern (5-3) was on hiatus last week after posting a 2-1 record at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, Feb. 15-16. The Wildcats loss came to Washington, 2-1.

NU is hitting .292 as a team and has two starters hitting above .400. Brett Nakabayashi leads the way with a .483 average (14-for-29) from the leadoff spot. Carrie Leto is hitting .423 (11-for-26) with a team-leading five RBIs.

Courtnay Foster (2-2) leads the pitching contingents with a 1.33 ERA and was the pitcher of record against the Huskies two weeks ago. Foster held UW to five hits and struck out five in the losing effort. Also fielding pitching duties for the Wildcats is Lauren Schwendima (2-1) who mirrors Foster's 25 strikeouts in 21 innings. Schwendima has a 3.00 earned run average.

SCOUTING PACIFIC: Pacific (6-6) dropped out of the top 25 poll this week from the No. 20 spot after a trio of losses to ranked opponents at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Tigers dropped games to then-No. 25 Massachusetts, 6-3, then No. 18 Oregon State, 4-2 and then-No. 11 Florida State, 8-1. Five of Pacific's six losses have come to opponents ranked in the top 25 with the exception of a 1-0 setback to Santa Clara on Feb. 15. The Tigers have recorded one win over a top 25 team with a 15-2 romp over No. 11 Stanford when the teams split a twinbill on Feb. 1 to open the season.

Krista Allen is UOP's biggest weapon at the plate with a .419 batting average (13-for-31), including four doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. Seven different Tigers have hit home runs this season to edge their opponents, 9-2 in the home run category.

Pacific throws a trio of pitchers, including Natalie King (2-2), Cathie Hacker (3-1) and Jennifer Dacre (1-3). As a staff, the three maintain a 2.42 earned run average and hold their opponents to a .196 batting average.

SCOUTING PURDUE: Purdue (4-5) went 3-2 at the UNLV Softball Classic last week with wins over UNLV, 10-1, Texas Tech, 7-5 and UC Riverside, 10-1. The Boilermakers lost a pair of one-run ball games to No. 3 California, 1-0, and Cal Poly, 5-4, in eight innings.

Purdue outhitting its opponents, .309- .282 and has four starters hitting above .350. Andrea Hillsey tops this list with a .450 average (9-for-20), including three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. Tricia Lilley maintains a .370 clip and has tallied a team-high three home runs this season.

Diana LaRiva and Leighann Burke provide the one-two punch from the circle. LaRiva has a 2.49 earned run average with 22 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. Burke maintains a 2.59 ERA and has fanned 13 batters in 24.1 innings.

LAST WEEKEND: Washington swept through pool 6 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., last weekend, defeating No. 15 Michigan, 5-3, No. 16 South Carolina, 2-1 and Temple, 4-3. The Huskies were one of five teams to sweep their pool play opponents, including Massachusetts, Arizona State, Nebraska and Alabama. Kathy Fiske and Kristen Rivera were named to the all-tournament team as each boasted a batting average of .600 or higher over the weekend.

MILESTONES: Last weekend, head coach Teresa Wilson tallied her 700th career victory with a 5-2 win over No. 15 Michigan, 5-3. She now has a 701-343-1 all-time record, which ranks 16th on the active coaches' list for most victories. Wilson is also tied for 18th for best winning percentage by an active coach (.672). She is just three wins away from her 500th win at Washington.

WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Washington softball team improved one spot in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll this week to No. 4 and debuted in the inaugural ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate top 25 poll in the No. 5 position.

The Huskies have been ranked in the top 25 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll in each of the last 114 poll datings. Washington's 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).

Overall, the Huskies have remained in the top 15 in each of the last 97 poll datings, a streak that began with the preseason poll in 1996.

WEATHER WOES: The Huskies have crisscrossed across the country over the last three weeks to play quality opponents in good weather. What UW has found instead is three-straight weekends of wind, rain and mud. Washington's opener against Santa Clara was postponed a day because of a rainstorm on Feb. 6. The Huskies then had rain delays in three of its four games at the Arizona Pepsi Classic in Tucson and had its game against the host Wildcats cancelled. Weather at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., was no different as the Huskies had their Friday, Feb. 21 game against South Carolina halted in the sixth inning and completed on Saturday. It's Saturday night game against Michigan was suspended due to rain in the fifth frame and was finished on Sunday, Feb. 22. All totaled, the Huskies have had six games affected by rain this season. As luck would have it, Seattle had clear skies on each gameday.

HUSKIES REMAIN UNDEFEATED: Only two teams in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll remain undefeated this season, including No. 4 Washington (12-0-1) and No. 5 Texas (16-0). With the 12-0-1 record, the Huskies are off to their best start in the program's 11-year history.

CHEVRON PARADISE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Washington opened the 2003 season with a perfect 6-0 record to win the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Feb. 6-9. After rain halted play on Feb. 6, the Huskies notched a pair of extra-inning wins against Santa Clara, 3-2 and Oklahoma State, 5-4 on Feb. 7. UW followed up with victories against Louisville, 7-4 and host Hawaii, 3-2, to earn the No. 1 seed for Sunday's single elimination bracket. The Huskies defeated Santa Clara in the first round, 7-5, and topped Oklahoma State, 3-2, for the tournament championship.

HAWAII ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Sophomore Kristen Rivera was named Most Outstanding Player of the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic for her .476 performance at the plate, while sophomore Ashley Boek received Most Outstanding Pitcher honors after picking up three wins and a save. Also named to the all-tournament team were sophomore third baseman Kathy Fiske and junior centerfielder Rita Roach who hit .429 and .350, respectively.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 17-player Washington roster includes 13 returning letterwinners and eight returning starters. The 2003 team includes six juniors and six sophomores, two seniors and three freshmen. Nine players hail from California, six from Washington and one from Oklahoma and Oregon.

CHALLENGING SCHEUDLE: The Huskies are scheduled to play 14 teams ranked in the USA Today/ NFCA poll. Seven of those opponents are Pac-10 members, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona, No. 6 California, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon State and No. 23 Oregon. The other seven ranked opponents the Huskies are slated to play are No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Cal State Fullerton, No. 16 South Carolina, No. 18 Massachusetts, No. 19 Michigan, No. 20 Ohio State, and No. 24 Minnesota

HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, will carry eight Husky softball games, plus any postseason play during the 2003 season. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his sixth season behind the microphone, while John Cowley will deliver color commentary for his third season with the Dawgs.

All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.

Here is the complete UW softball radio broadcast schedule (broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch; schedule is subject to change):

Friday, April 4: Washington vs. Arizona, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 5: Washington vs. Arizona State, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 6: Washington vs. Arizona State, 1 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Washington at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: Washington at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Friday, April 25: Washington vs. Stanford, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: Washington vs. California, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 27: Washington vs. California, 2 p.m.

Player Notes (in alphabetical order):>

Callie Bergan, Sophomore 1B: Returns for her sophomore campaign after receiving a medical redshirt last season... notched her first career hit and RBI against Florida International on Feb. 15 ... as a freshman, appeared in nine games, starting three ... co-recipient of the team's Allison Mick Most Inspirational Player award.

Ashley Boek, Sophomore P: Named the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic Most Outstanding Player, posting three wins and a save ...is 5-0 this season with a save ... has struck out 37 batters in 38.1 innings pitched ...has posted wins over Oklahoma State, Hawaii, Santa Clara, Arkansas and No. 15 Michigan..

Tia Bollinger, Junior, P: Leads the team with a 5-0 mark and 1.42 ERA ... has fanned 41 batters in 49.1 innings pitched ...tallied a save in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan ...struck out 11 in the 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State, while walking none ...has recorded wins over Santa Clara, Oklahoma State, Florida International, Northwestern, No. 16 South Carolina and Temple.

Jaime Clark, Senior, SS: Has started all 13 UW games at short stop ... hit .400 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, including a double, home run and five RBIs ...is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts, including three against Northwestern ... ranks second on the team with 10 RBIs ... went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in UW's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State ... was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 8-0 win over FIU ...hit a home run and a triple in the 4-3 victory over Temple ...has hit three home runs this season.

Kathy Fiske, Sophomore, 3B: Has started all 13 games at third base ...ranks second on the team with a .429 average (18-for-42), including six doubles and two home runs ...has driven in 10 RBIs, including three against Minnesota ...earned all-tournament honors at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...went 3-for-4 against Louisville ...hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs in victories over Santa Clara and Arkansas ...notched three RBIs in 5-5 tie with Minnesota ...hit .600 (6-for-10) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, earning all-tournament honors ...was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in 2-1 win over No. 16 South Carolina ...went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan.

Amy Hanson, Junior, C:Has thrown out all four potential base stealers this season ... leads team with three sacrifice hits ...went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Washington's 12-3 win over Arkansas.

Sarah Hyatt, Freshman, 1B: Has started all 13 games at first base ... is third on the team with a .424 (14-for-33) batting average, including a .667 (8-for-12) performance at the Arizona Pepsi Classic ... hit her first career home run in the win over Arkansas ...went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored against Arkansas ...recorded three hits in 8-0 romp of Florida International ...went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in the 5-3 win over No. 15 Michigan.

Courtney Jeffries, Junior, OF: Has played in six games, starting five in left field ...leads all outfielders with eight putouts ...went 1-for-3 in the 5-4 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 7 ...also hit 1-for-3 in the 8-0 victory over Florida International.

Aimee Minor, Freshman, OF: Has started 10 games in right field ...the first player to notch a double, triple and home run this season ...went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the 8-0 victory over FIU ... leads the team with three hit by pitches.

Amanda Oleson, Junior, 2B: Has started all 13 games at second base ...leads team with six walks and is second with 10 runs scored ...is 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts and has made just one error at second in 50 chances.

Megan Owen, Junior, OF: Has started eight games in the outfield ...scored both runs in UW's 2-1 win over Northwestern ... also went 2-for-2 against the Wildcats ...was 1-for-1 in the 2-1 win over No. 16 South Carolina ... hit 1-for-3 with a RBI in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan.

Kristen Rivera, Sophomore, C:Has started all 13 games as either catcher or designated player ...leads team with a .476 (20-for-42) batting average and six home runs ...also leads the team with 15 RBIs and a .929 slugging percentage ...named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the win over Louisville ...was 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Santa Clara ... posted three hits and a RBI in Washington's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State ... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in 12-3 victory over Arkansas ...also named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic all-tournament team, hitting 6-for-8 (.625) ...went 3-for-3 with a home run against Temple.

Rita Roach, Junior, OF: Named to the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic all-tournament team after hitting .429 (9-for-21) ... hit 4-for-4 in win over Santa Clara ...missed the last two weeks due to injury.

Leslie Scott, Sophomore, P: Notched her first win of the season over Louisville on Feb. 8 ...scattered six hits and four runs over 4.1 innings of work.

Traci Tawney, Senior, OF: Has appeared in nine games as a pinch runner and outfielder ...is 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and a stolen base.

Dena Tyson, Freshman, OF: Has started nine games in left field ...blasted a home run in her first collegiate at-bat ...has notched two RBIs and has scored three runs ... hit a double against Arkansas.

Jessica Wilkinson, Sophomore, C: Redshirting this season ... had only career at-bat in the team's 6-0 victory over San Diego State on February 3, 2002, at the Early Bird Classic.

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