No. 3 Husky Softball Makes Home Debut Versus Arizona and Arizona State

April 2, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The No. 3-ranked Washington softball team (32-4-1) makes its home debut this weekend after eight straight weeks on the road. The Huskies open play versus the No. 2-ranked Arizona Wildcats on Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m. UW then faces the No. 12-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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.

SERIES HISTORY: UW leads Arizona in the all-time series 37-14 and defeated the Wildcats twice last season. Washington holds a commanding 30-10 lead over Arizona State with the Sun Devils taking two of three from the Huskies last year.

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 517-186-1 (.735) and she is 721-347-1 (.675) 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 WEEK: The Huskies made their conference debut at Cal and Stanford (Mar. 28-30) and came away with a dissappointing 1-2 mark. The Huskies dropped their conference opener to the California Bears, 2-0, and split with the Stanford Cardinal, 6-0 and 0-4. Kristen Rivera led Washington at the plate, hitting .400 (2-for-5) with four RBIs. Ashley Boek recorded the Huskies' only win of the weekend as she limited the Cardinal to four hits and punched out eight.

APPROACHING THE RBI RECORD: Jaime Clark is just two RBIs shy of becoming UW's career leader. With 31 runs batted in this season, Clark's career total stands at 225 RBIs and ties her with Michelle Church (1993-96) for the No. 2 spot on the career charts. 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 list.

SAVING THE DAY: Junior ace Tia Bollinger has recorded three saves this season to bring her career total to 10 to tie 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).

BACK-TO-BACK DINGERS: Washington has hit back-to-back home runs seven times this season, using five 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). Aimee Minor and Megan Owen hit successive shots off of Texas' Cat Osterman (Mar. 14), while batting from the eight and nine positions and most recently, Minor and Hyatt hit back-to-back shots versus Illinois (Mar. 21). All totaled, Washington has posted 14 multi-home run games with Rivera (3 vs. Purdue), Clark (2 vs. Purdue; 2 vs. Utah) 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 37 games, including 36 at first base and one at first base. Minor has started 26 games in right field and seven as the designated player. Tyson has notched 32 starts in left field and one in centerfield. The trio has amassed 40 percent of the team's triples (2-of-5), 38 percent of the team's doubles (18-of-47) and 30 percent of the team's home runs (15-of-50).

THE LONG BALL: The Huskies have belted 50 home runs through their first 37 games of the season. Last year, Washington hit 52 home runs in 64 games. Seven players have hit at least one home run this season, including Kristen Rivera (15), Jaime Clark (10), Kathy Fiske (9), Sarah Hyatt (5), Aimee Minor (5), Dena Tyson (5) and Megan Owen (1).

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 201 with 23 regular season games remaining on the 2003 schedule.

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.

STEALING THE SHOW: Jaime Clark is 21-for-23 in stolen base attempts this season to rank second in the Pac-10. She has tallied 68 career stolen bases, which ranks sixth on the all-time list and needs just 13 more stolen bases to crack into the top-5.

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 school records, including most home runs by a team (five) and most home runs by an individual 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 721-347-1 all-time record, which ranks 16th on the active coaches' list for most victories.

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 dropped one spot in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll to No. 3 on April 1. UW trails No. 2 Arizona by 32 points and No. 1 UCLA by 54 points.

The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 119 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 102 poll datings, a streak that began with the preseason poll in 1996.

Washington is also ranked No. 4 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate top 25 poll.

PAC-10 HONORS: Kristen Rivera has received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice this season. Her first weekly award was on March 4 for her .571 showing (8-for-14) at the Worth Invitational. The weekend was highlighted by her three home run performance versus Purdue, which set a Husky single-game record. Rivera also received the award on March 25 for leading the Huskies to the Capital Classic title with a .471 (8-for-17) average. Over the weekend, she hit two doubles, two home runs and drove in eight RBIs.

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.

CAPITAL CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Washington won the Capital Classic championship with a perfect 4-0 record (Mar. 21-23). The Huskies defeated host Sac State, Illinois, Morehead State and Utah to be the only team to finish the tourney with an unblemished record. UW out scored its opponents 27-9 en route to the tournament title. Rita Roach was named to the all-tournament team as she led the squad with a .583 (7-for-12) average and six runs scored. Dena Tyson also led UW from the plate, hitting .545 (6-for-11), including a double and two home runs. The weekend was highlighted by Ashley's Boek's no-hitter over Morehead State (Mar. 22). It marked the second no-hitter for Boek and the 21st in Washington history.

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 12 teams currently ranked in the USA Today/ NFCA Top 25 poll and two other teams who have received votes. Seven of those opponents are Pac-10 members, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona, No. 7 California, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 13 Stanford, No. 21 Oregon and No. 26 Oregon State. The ranked opponents include No. 5 Texas, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, No. 14 South Carolina, No. 15 Michigan, No. 27 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Ohio State and No. 27 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 (Feb. 15) ... scored a run against Purdue (Mar. 2) ... went 1-for-1 with a run scored versus Hofstra (Mar. 6) ... drew a walk, a sacrifice hit and scored two runs in the win over Ball State (Mar. 7) ... has 21 putouts on the season.

Ashley Boek, Sophomore, P: Named the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic Most Outstanding Pitcher, posting three wins and a save ...is 14-1 this season ... has struck out 123 batters in 100.1 innings pitched ...struck out 10 in her season debut against Oklahoma State (Feb. 7) ... defeated No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) 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 ... threw her second career no-hitter against Morehead State (Mar. 22), while fanning 12 ... shutout No. 12 Stanford, while punching out eight (Mar. 29).

Tia Bollinger, Junior, P: Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (Mar. 4) ...is 17-3 on the season with three saves and a 1.35 ERA ... has fanned 127 batters in 145.1 innings pitched ...tallied a save in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) ...struck out 11 in the 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State (Feb. 9), while walking none ...defeated No. 16 South Carolina (Feb. 21) and Temple (Feb. 22) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ...gave up just one run in three games at the Worth Invitational ...tossed a shutout over Northwestern (Mar. 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 (Mar. 6) ... held No. 4 Texas to just one earned run (Mar. 13) ...notched eight strikeouts vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Klassic (Mar. 14) ... recorded three wins en route to the Capital Classic title (Mar. 21-23).

Jaime Clark, Senior, SS: Has started all 37 games at short stop ... hit .400 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, including a double, home run and five RBIs ...is 21-for-23 in stolen base attempts, including three against Northwestern (Feb. 15) ... ranks third on the team with 31 RBIs ... went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in UW's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State (Feb. 8) ... was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 8-0 win over FIU (Feb. 15) ...hit a home run and a triple in the 4-3 victory over Temple (Feb. 22)...went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI against Pacific (Mar. 1) ...hit 3-for-3 with two home runs in the 11-0 romp of Purdue (Mar. 2), 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 (Mar. 8), including a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs ... hit 2-for-3 vs. Utah (Mar. 22) with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs ...went 3-for-4 against Utah State (Mar. 23) with two runs scored and a double ...became the school's all-time runs leader with a pair of runs versus Hawaii (Mar. 1) ...has now scored 201 runs in her career ... is just two RBIs shy of the school's all-time career record ... has hit 10 home runs this season.

Kathy Fiske, Sophomore, 3B: Has started 36 games at third base ... missed one start due to injury ...ranks second on the team with a .357 average (41-for-115), including nine doubles and nine home runs ...has driven in 33 RBIs ...earned all-tournament honors at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...went 3-for-4 against Louisville (Feb. 8) ...hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs in victories over Santa Clara (Feb. 9) and Arkansas (Feb. 14) ...notched three RBIs in 5-5 tie with Minnesota (Feb. 16) ...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 (Feb. 21) ...went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21)...hit 2-for-4 in 9-1 win over Pacific (Mar. 1) with four RBIs ...hit a three-run home run after being intentionally walked to by Hofstra (Mar. 6) ...notched four RBIs in that game ... went 2-for-3 versus Temple (Mar. 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 (Mar. 13) ...hit 3-for-3 against Morehead State (Mar. 22) with a double, two RBIs and scored a run ...went 2-for-4 versus Utah (Mar. 22) with a home run and two RBIs.

Amy Hanson, Junior, C: Has thrown out four potential base stealers this season ... leads team with six sacrifice hits ...went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Washington's 12-3 win over Arkansas (Feb. 14) ...hit 1-for-3 with a doubles versus Morehead State (Mar. 22) ...went 1-for-1 with a RBI against Utah State (Mar. 23) ... hit 1-for-2 versus Cal (Mar. 28).

Sarah Hyatt, Freshman, 1B: Has started all 37, inculding 36 at first base and one at third base ... hit .667 (8-for-12) at the Arizona Pepsi Classic ... hit her first career home run in the win over Arkansas (Feb. 14) ...went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored against Arkansas ...recorded three hits in 8-0 romp of Florida International (Feb. 14) ...went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in the 5-3 win over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) ...homered in the 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State (Feb. 28)...had a stretch of six consecutive hits at the Speedline Invitational ...hit two home runs versus North Carolina (Mar.8) ...hit a home run against Illinois (Mar. 21) ...went 1-for-2 with a double and scored a run versus Morehead State (Mar. 22) ...hit 1-for-3 with a RBI against Utah ... went 1-for-2 with a double versus Cal (Mar. 28).

Courtney Jeffries, Junior, OF: Has played in 17 games, starting five in left field and four as the designated player ...went 1-for-3 in the 5-4 win over Oklahoma State (Feb. 7) ...also hit 1-for-3 in the 8-0 victory over Florida International (Feb. 14) ... singled as a pinch hitter in the Portland State game (Feb. 28)...went 1-for-2 with a RBI against Temple (Mar. 8).

Aimee Minor, Freshman, OF: Has started 33 games, including 26 in right field and seven 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 (Feb. 14) ... hit a home run versus Northwestern (Feb. 15) ... hit 1-for-2 against Hofstra (Mar. 6) with a run scored and two stolen bases ...broke up a no-hitter with a solo home run versus Stanford (Mar. 9) ...went 3-for-4 versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) at the Kia Klassic, including a home run off Cat Osterman ...hit 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in the victory over Illinois (Mar. 21) ... leads the team with eight hit by pitches .

Amanda Oleson, Junior, 2B: Has started all 37 games at second base ...is 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts ...went 3-for-4 with a RBI in the 3-0 win over Portland State (Feb. 28) ...went 1-for-3 with a double against Northwestern (Mar. 7) ...hit .500 (5-for-10) at the Kia Klassic, including 2-for-4 performances versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 14) ...notched a RBI in each of those games ... went 2-for-4 with one run scored against No. 12 Stanford (Mar. 29).

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

Kristen Rivera, Sophomore, C: Has started all 347 games at catcher or designated player ...leads team with a .395 (45-for-114) batting average and 15 home runs ...also leads the team with 46 RBIs and a .851 slugging percentage ...named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week (Mar. 4) for her .571 (8-for-14) performance at the Worth Invitational ...two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week (Mar. 4 and 25) ...named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...was 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Santa Clara (Feb. 9) ... posted three hits and a RBI in Washington's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State (Feb. 9)... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in 12-3 victory over Arkansas (Feb. 14) ...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 (Mar. 22) ...hit 2-for-3 against Northwestern (Mar. 1) and Pacific (Mar. 1) with three RBIs and a run scored in each ... was 3-for-3 with three home runs against Purdue (Mar. 2) to set a school record ...notched five RBIs against Purdue ...scored two runs versus Hofstra (Mar. 6) ...hit a home run against North Carolina (Mar. 8) ...hit home runs versus Hawaii (Mar. 13) and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton Mar. 14) at the Kia Klassic ...went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run versus Illinois (Mar. 21) ...hit 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs against Utah State (Mar. 23) ... belted two doubles in two at-bats with four RBIs versus No. 12 Stanford (Mar. 29).

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 (Feb. 9) ...was 1-for-1 in 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State (Feb. 28) ...picked the potential go-ahead run at home plate from centerfield in the seventh inning against Massachusetts (Mar. 6) ...recorded a RBI in the win over Ball State (Mar. 7) ...singled and scored a run versus North Carolina (Mar. 8) ...named to the Capital Classic all-tournament team after leading the team with a .583 (7-for-12) average ...notched two hits in three consecutive game, including wins of Illinois (Mar. 21), Morehead State (Mar. 22) and Utah (Mar. 22).

Traci Tawney, Senior, OF: Has appeared in 26 games as a pinch runner and outfielder ...singled versus Santa Clara (Feb. 9) ...scored a run and stole two bases against No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13)...scored a run versus Illinois (Mar. 21) ...went 1-for-1 against Utah State (Mar. 23) with a stolen base ...has stolen four bases this season and has scored seven runs.

Dena Tyson, Freshman, OF: Has started 32 games in left field and one in centerfield ...blasted a home run in her first collegiate at-bat ... hit a double against Arkansas (Feb. 14) ...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 (Mar. 1) and Purdue (Mar. 2) ...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 (Mar. 7) ...went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs against Temple (Mar. 8) ...drew two walks and scored two runs versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) ...hit .545 (6-for-11) at the Capital Classic with two home runs and five runs scored ...went 1-for-3 with a home run versus Sac State (Mar. 21) ...hit 2-for-2 against Morehead State (Mar. 22) ...went 2-for-4 versus Utah (Mar. 22) with a double, home run and two runs scored.

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

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