No. 3 Softball Heads To Sacramento

March 19, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The No. 3-ranked Washington softball team (26-2-1) makes its seventh consecutive road trip this weekend when it heads to Sacramento, Calif., to play in the Capital Classic. The tournament, hosted by Sacramento State, will be held March 20-23 at the Sacramento Softball Complex and will include 11 teams in a round robin format. The winner will be declared on the final day of competition based on record. The Huskies have a total of five tournament games on tap, including Sacramento State, Illinois, Morehead State, Utah and Iowa. UW will also play a game versus Long Island on Sunday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, which will not count towards the tournament standings. Other team's competing in the tournament include No. 6 California, Eastern Kentucky, UNLV and Utah State.

Thursday, March 20: No Washington games scheduled.
Friday, March 21: Washington vs. Sacramento State, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, March 21: Washington vs. Illinois, 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 22: Washington vs. Morehead State, 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 22: Washington vs. Utah, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 23: Washington vs. Iowa, 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 23: Washington vs. Long Island, 11 a.m.

SERIES HISTORY: Washington has faced just two of its scheduled opponents and holds a 13-2 (.867) lead in the all-time series over Utah (10-1) and Iowa (3-1). The Huskies hold a 10-game win streak over Utah, including a 4-0 decision last season, and have also won the last three games versus Iowa. UW will be making its first appearances against Sacramento State, Illinois, Morehead State and Long Island.

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 511-184-1 (.734) and she is 715-345-1 (.674) 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.

LAST WEEKEND: Washington had its best weekend of the season last week with a 3-0 mark at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. The Huskies got their first taste of top-10 competition with match-ups against No. 4 Texas and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton and rose to the occasion, defeating the Longhorns 7-1 and the Titans 5-4. UW also won a 5-2 decision over Hawaii to win its pool. Due to poor weather conditions, the bracket portion of the Kia Klassic was cancelled and no tournament winner was determined.

Amanda Oleson and Kathy Fiske led the Huskies at the plate with .500 batting averages (5-for-10). The highlight of the tournament came when UW hit three home runs off of Texas ace Cat Osterman in the same inning. Washington scored four earn runs against Osterman in 2.1 innings, equaling her season total in 15 other appearances.

BACK-TO-BACK DINGERS: Washington has hit back-to-back home runs six times this season, using four different combinations. Kathy Fiske and Sarah Hyatt teamed up for sequential dingers against Arkansas (Feb. 14), while Fiske and Kristen Rivera (Feb. 28) hit consecutive home runs versus Portland State. Rivera and Jaime Clark have gone deep back-to-back three times, including twice in the Purdue match-up (Mar. 2) and once against Temple (Feb. 24). Most recently, Aimee Minor and Megan Owen hit successive shots off of Texas' Cat Osterman (Mar. 14), while batting from the eight and nine positions. All totaled, Washington has posted 11 multi-home run games with Rivera (3 vs. Purdue), Clark (2 vs. Purdue) and Hyatt (2 vs. North Carolina) each recording more than one home run in the same game.

A 'FRESH' START: Washington's three freshman, Sarah Hyatt, Aimee Minor and Dena Tyson, have seen significant starting time this season. Hyatt has started all 29 games at first base for the Huskies, while Minor has started 20 games in right field and five as the designated player. Tyson has notched 24 starts in left field and one in centerfield. The trio has amassed 40 percent of the team's triples (2-of-5), 37 percent of the team's doubles (13-of-35) and 28 percent of the team's home runs (11-of-40).

TOP 40 WATCH LIST: Washington's Tia Bollinger, Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera have been named to the initial watch list for the second annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award (considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball). The initial watch list is comprised of 40 players that represent 23 colleges and 11 different collegiate conferences.

Bollinger, a junior pitcher, was a 2001 third team All-American and a 2002 Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention selection. Clark, a senior short stop, was a top 10 finalist for the 2002 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award and is a three-time All-American. Rivera, a sophomore catcher, was the only freshman named to the first team All-Pac-10 team last season and was a second team All-America honoree.

The first 25 finalists for the award will be announced on April 8. The list will then be reduced to 10 players on April 29, with three finalists being named on May 13. The winner of the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced at the 2003 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

SAVING THE DAY: Junior ace Tia Bollinger has recorded three saves this season to bring her career total to 10, which ties the school record. Bollinger already holds the single-season record with seven saves, which she set last year. She currently shares the career record with Jamie Graves (1997-2000).

CLARK GIVES OPPONENTS THE RUN-AROUND: With a pair of runs scored versus Hawaii on March 13, Jaime Clark became the all-time career runs leader at Washington with 190 runs scored. Her career total now stands at 191 with 31 regular season games remaining on the 2003 schedule.

APPROACHING THE RBI RECORD: Jaime Clark is just eight RBIs shy of becoming UW's career leader. With 25 runs batted in this season, Clark's career total stands at 219 RBIs and ranks third on the Husky charts. Michelle Church (1993-96) holds on to the No. 2 spot with 225 RBIs, while Jennifer Cline, current Nebraska assistant coach, tops the list with 227 career RBIs. Last season, Clark led the nation with 75 runs batted in, which ranks second on Washington's all-time single-season chart.

STEALING THE SHOW: Jaime Clark is 20-for-21 in stolen base attempts this season to rank second in the Pac-10. Her only failed attempt came last weekend when she tried to steal home on a passed ball versus Cal State Fullerton. The ball bounced hard off the backstop and right into the hands of the Titan catcher who dove at Clark to make the tag. The Pac-10 leader is UCLA's Natasha Watley who is 21-for-24.

FIVE BLASTS VS. THE BOILERMAKERS: The Huskies had a banner day versus Purdue on March 3. En route to an 11-0 romp, Washington broke two home run school records, including most home runs in a game by a team (five) and most home runs by an individual in a game with three by Kristen Rivera. Jaime Clark hit the other two home runs against the Boilermakers.

MILESTONES: Head coach Teresa Wilson has notched two milestone victories this season, including 700 career wins and 500 Washington victories. On Feb. 22, Wilson tallied her 700th career victory with a 5-2 win over No. 15 Michigan, 5-3. On March 1, Wilson recorded her 500th win at the helm of the UW softball team with a 9-0 romp over Northwestern. She now has a 715-345-1 all-time record, which ranks 16th on the active coaches' list for most victories.

RIVERA NAMED USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a record-setting performance at the Worth Invitational, Feb. 28-March 2, sophomore Kristen Rivera was selected as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 4.

Rivera led the Huskies to five wins at the Worth Invitational and the unofficial tournament title as she hit .571 (8-for-14) over the five game stretch with a double, four home runs and 12 RBIs. Against Purdue, she hit three home runs in three at-bats to set a Washington record and tallied five RBIs.

She also went 2-for-3 against both Pacific and Northwestern with two runs scored and six RBIs combined. Rivera drew two walks over the course of the tournament and did not strikeout. Behind the plate, she was flawless with a perfect fielding percentage and threw out the only base runner that attempted to steal.

IN THE POLLS: The Washington softball team improved one spot in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll to No. 3 on March 18.

The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 117 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 69 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 100 poll datings, a streak that began with the preseason poll in 1996. Washington is also ranked No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate top 25 poll.

PAC-10 HONORS: Tia Bollinger was selected as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on March 4 after a 3-0 mark at the Worth Invitational, Feb. 28-March 2. She gave up just 10 hits total, shutout Northwestern and allowed no earned runs in four innings of work against Purdue. Bollinger rung up 14 batters in 16 innings for a team-low 0.44 ERA and allowed only one run in three appearances. She limited No. 20 Ohio State to three hits and Purdue to only two.

Kristen Rivera was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 4 for her .571 showing (8-for14) at the Worth Invitational. Her weekend was highlighted by a three home run performance versus Purdue, which set a Husky single-game record.

WEATHER WOES: The Huskies have crisscrossed across the country over the first six weeks of the season to play quality opponents in good weather. What UW has found in addition is four weekends of wind, rain and mud. Washington's season opener against Santa Clara was postponed a day because of a rainstorm on Feb. 6 in Hawaii. 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. Its Saturday night game against Michigan was suspended due to rain in the fifth frame and was finished on Sunday, Feb. 22. Last weekend, the bracket portion of the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif., was cancelled because of heavy rain. All totaled, the Huskies have had six games suspended by rain and have missed at least five others because of schedule cancellations. As luck would have it, Seattle had clear skies on all but one of those gamedays.

HUSKIES ARE PERFECT AT NFCA LEADOFF CLASSIC: Despite rain that cancelled bracket play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Washington did play and sweep its three scheduled pool games. The Huskies defeated No. 16 South Carolina 2-1, No. 15 Michigan 5-3 and Temple 4-3 to win Pool 6. Kathy Fiske and Kristen Rivera were named to the all-tournament team for their tremendous efforts at the plate and on defense.

Fiske went 6-for-10 (.600) with a .900 slugging percentage over the tournament. She drove in both of Washington's runs in the 2-1 win over No. 16 South Carolina, going 2-for-3 with a double. She followed up that performance with a 3-for-4 showing in the 5-3 win over No. 15 Michigan, including a double and three runs scored. Fiske finished the tournament going 1-for-3 with another double in UW's 4-3 win over Temple. She was perfect from the field, making 8-of-8 plays from third base.

Rivera, Washington designated player and catcher, hit .625 (5-for-8) with a 1.000 slugging percentage. She was 2-for-5 against South Carolina and Michigan, while also drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch. Against Temple, Rivera went 3-for-3, driving in two runs and hitting a solo home run in the 4-3 victory. Washington was only one of three teams to have two players named to the all-tournament team, joining Stanford and tournament champion Massachusetts.

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.

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

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.

CHALLENGING SCHEDULE: The Huskies will play 14 teams currently ranked in the USA Today/ NFCA Top 25 poll and three other team who have received votes. Seven of those opponents are Pac-10 members, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona, No. 6 California, No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 19 Oregon and No. 20 Oregon State. The ranked opponents include No. 7 Texas, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, No. 14 South Carolina, No. 15 Michigan, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 22 Oklahoma State, No. 25 Minnesota, No. 26 Massachusetts, No. 27 Northwestern and No. 32 Illinois.

BY YOUR TICKETS NOW: The Washington softball team has 12 home games on tap this season. To order tickets call the Ticket Office (206)543-2200 or go online to:https://web21.evene.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=SB&l... user ID name is: uwashse

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 ... scored a run against Purdue on March 2 ... went 1-for-1 with a run scored versus Hofstra on March 6 ... drew a walk, a sacrifice hit and scored two runs in the win over Ball State on March 7.

Ashley Boek, Sophomore, P: Named the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic Most Outstanding Pitcher, posting three wins and a save ...is 12-1 this season with a save ... has struck out 95 batters in 80.1 innings pitched ...struck out 10 in her season debut against Oklahoma State (Feb. 7) ... defeated No. 15 Michigan at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ...notched two wins at the Worth Invitational with a 0.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings ...maintained a 0.70 ERA at the Speedline Invitational with a 4-1 mark ...punched out 10 batters against Hofstra (Mar. 6) ...tossed a one-hitter versus Hawaii (Mar. 13) at the Kia Klassic, while striking out a career-high 12 batters.

Tia Bollinger, Junior, P: Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (Mar. 4) ...is 13-1 on the season with three saves and a 1.17 ERA ... has fanned 101 batters in 113.1 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 ...defeated No. 16 South Carolina and Temple at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ...gave up just one run in three games at the Worth Invitational ...tossed a shutout over Northwestern on March 1 ...threw two shutouts at the Speedline Invitational and notched two saves to earn all-tournament honors ...tied a career-best with 12 strikeouts against Massachusetts on March 6 ... held No. 4 Texas to just one earned run on March 13 ...notched eight strikeouts vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Klassic (Mar. 14).

Jaime Clark, Senior, SS: Has started all 29 games at short stop ... hit .400 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, including a double, home run and five RBIs ...is 20-for-21 in stolen base attempts, including three against Northwestern on Feb. 15 ... ranks third on the team with 25 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 ...went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI against Pacific ...hit 3-for-3 with two home runs in the 11-0 romp of Purdue, while driving in four RBIs ...led the team with a .417 batting average at the Speedline Invitational to earn all-tournament honors ...went 3-for-3 at the plate against Temple on March 8, including a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs ... became the school's all-time runs leader with a pair of runs versus Hawaii (Mar. 1) ...has now scored 191 times in her career ... is just eight RBIs shy of the school's all-time career record ... has hit seven home runs this season.

Kathy Fiske, Sophomore, 3B: Has started all 29 games at third base ...ranks second on the team with a .363 average (33-for-91), including eight doubles and eight home runs ...has driven in 27 RBIs ...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 ...hit 2-for-4 in 9-1 win over Pacific with four RBIs ...hit a three-run home run after being intentionally walked to by Hofstra on March 6 ...notched four RBIs in that game ... went 2-for-3 versus Temple on March 8, including a double and a home run ...went 2-for-3 in wins over Hawaii and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Klassic.

Amy Hanson, Junior, C: Has thrown out four potential base stealers this season ... leads team with five 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 29 games at first base ... is third on the team with a .312 (24-for-77) 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 ...homered in the 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State ...had a stretch of six consecutive hits at the Speedline Invitational ...hit two home runs versus North Carolina (Mar.8).

Courtney Jeffries, Junior, OF: Has played in 12 games, starting five in left field and two as the designated player ...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 ... singled as a pinch hitter in the Portland State game ...went 1-for-2 with a RBI against Temple on March 8.

Aimee Minor, Freshman, OF: Has started 29 games in right field or as designated player ...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 ... hit a home run versus Northwestern ... hit 1-for-2 against Hofstra with a run scored and two stolen bases ...broke up a no-hitter with a solo home run versus Stanford on March 9 ...went 3-for-4 versus No. 4 Texas at the Kia Klassic, including a home run off Cat Osterman ... leads the team with six hit by pitches.

Amanda Oleson, Junior, 2B: Has started all 29 games at second base ...is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts ...went 3-for-4 with a RBI in the 3-0 win over Portland State ...went 1-for-3 with a double against Northwestern on March 7 ...hit .500 (5-for-10) at the Kia Klassic, including 2-for-4 performances versus No. 4 Texas and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton ...notched a RBI in each of those games.

Megan Owen, Junior, OF: Has started 21 games in the outfield ...scored both runs in UW's 2-1 win over Northwestern on Feb. 15 ... also went 2-for-2 against the Wildcats ...was 1-for-1 versus No. 16 South Carolina ... hit 1-for-3 with a RBI in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan ...hit 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Hofstra on March 6 ...hit 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI versus Northwestern on March 7 ... hit her first collegiate home run versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13).

Kristen Rivera, Sophomore, C: Has started all 29 games at catcher or designated player ...leads team with a .380 (35-for-92) batting average and 13 home runs ...also leads the team with 34 RBIs and a .837 slugging percentage ...named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for her .571 (8-for-14) performance at the Worth Invitational ...named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...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 ...hit 2-for-3 against Northwestern and Pacific with three RBIs and a run scored in each ... was 3-for-3 with three home runs against Purdue to set a school record ...notched five RBIs against Purdue ...scored two runs versus Hofstra on March 6 ...hit a home run against North Carolina on March 8 ...hit home runs versus Hawaii and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Klassic.

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 ...was 1-for-1 in 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State ...picked the potential go-ahead run at home plate from centerfield in the seventh inning against Massachusetts on March 6 ...recorded a RBI in the win over Ball State on March 7 ...singled and scored a run versus North Carolina on March 8.

Traci Tawney, Senior, OF: Has appeared in 22 games as a pinch runner and outfielder ...singled versus Santa Clara on Feb. 9 ...scored a run and stole two bases against No. 4 Texas ...has stolen three bases this season and has scored six runs.

Dena Tyson, Freshman, OF: Has started 25 games in left field ...blasted a home run in her first collegiate at-bat ... hit a double against Arkansas ...went 5-for-12 (.471) at the Worth Invitational, including two doubles, a home run and three RBIs ...was 2-for-3 against Northwestern (Mar. 1) ...hit 1-for-2 against Pacific and Purdue ...named to the Speedline all-tournament team after hitting .389 (7-for-18) and driving in two game-winning runs ...hit a three-run home run against Northwestern on March 7 ...went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs against Temple on March 8 ...drew two walks and scored two runs versus No. 4 Texas.

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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