Softball Begins Nine-Game Homestand Vs. WWU On Tuesday

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April 21, 2003

UP NEXT: The No. 3-ranked Washington softball team (37-7-1) begins a nine-game homestand with five games this week. UW kicks off the week with a non-conference double header on Tuesday versus Western Washington at 1 p.m. Washington then hosts Stanford on Friday at 2 p.m. UW closes the weekend with a game against California on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The three conference games can be heard on KKNW AM-1150 or over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.

Tuesday, April 22: Washington vs. Western Washington (DH), 1 p.m.
Friday, April 25: Washington vs. Stanford, 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: Washington vs. California, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 27: Washington vs. California, 1 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY: UW holds the lead in the all-time series against Western Washington (7-0), Stanford (29-8) and California (21-20). The Huskies and WWU Vikings haven't faced each other since the 1999 season when the Dawgs swept a double header 3-0 and 4-2. While UW has a substantial lead over the Cardinal, the Dawgs have lost two of three games to Stanford this season at the hands to hurler Dana Sorenson. Sorenson tossed a one-hitter versus Washington on March 9 en route to a 3-1 victory before topping that performance in the 4-0 no-hitter thrown on March 30. The Dawgs did take one from the Cardinal on March 29, 6-0. Cal defeated UW 2-0 in Washington's conference opener on March 28. The Bears have won the last two games in a row against the Huskies.

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 522-189-1 (.734) and she is 726-350-1 (.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 dropped a pair of games on the road versus No. 2-ranked UCLA, 5-2 and 10-0. In game one, UW used RBIs by Dena Tyson and Jaime Clark to go up 2-0. UCLA chipped away at Washington's lead in the fifth and surged ahead with five unearned runs en route to the final 5-2 score. In game two, the Bruins out-hit the Huskies 13-2 as UCLA shutout UW 10-0 in six innings.

CAREER RBI RECORD: Jaime Clark hit a RBI single against UCLA last weekend to score Dena Tyson for her 227th career RBI. Clark is now tied with Jen Cline (1993-96) for the No. 1 spot on the Husky all-time charts. Last season, Clark led the nation with 75 runs batted in, which ranks second on Washington's all-time single-season list.

NATIONAL TEAM CAMP INVITEES: Washington standouts Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera are among 45 players invited to participate in a selection team camp, June 4-8, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The players will compete for spots on two teams that will represent the United State in international competition this summer. The invite is Clark's third and Rivera's second. Clark was a member of the 2001 USA Blue National Team and Rivera was selected to the USA Elite Team last summer but declined participation due to injury.

TOP-25 FINALIST: Washington's Kristen Rivera is one of 25 finalists for the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award (considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball). The initial watch list of 40 players, which included Tia Bollinger and Jaime Clark, was shrunk to 25 players on April 9. The list will 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.

PAIR OF 15-WINNERS: Washington is the only team in the Pac-10 with two pitchers that have posted 15 or more wins. Junior Tia Bollinger has won 20 games for the Huskies while Ashley Boek has recorded 16 wins during her sophomore campaign.

SAVING THE DAY: With a save versus Arizona State on April 5, junior ace Tia Bollinger became the Pac-10 and UW all-time career saves leader with 11. Last weekend, Bollinger recorded her 12th career save against Oregon State. Bollinger set the school record for single-season saves last year with seven.

WALKING THE DAWGS: The Huskies drew 10 walks off of Arizona State hurler Desiree Serrano on April 5 to just fall short of the all-time single-game UW record of 11. Washington set the record against Arizona in 1996. The Dawgs have drawn 127 walks this season while only giving up 57 free trips to first base. Dena Tyson leads the team with 21 walks this year.

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 16 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 45 games, including 44 at first base and one at third base. Minor has started 34 games in right field and seven as the designated player. Tyson has notched 40 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 (19-of-52) and 32 percent of the team's home runs (18-of-56).

THE LONG BALL: The Huskies have belted 56 home runs through their first 45 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 (17), Jaime Clark (11), Kathy Fiske (9), Dena Tyson (7), Sarah Hyatt (6), Aimee Minor (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 204 with 18 regular season games remaining on the 2003 schedule.

STEALING THE SHOW: Jaime Clark is 24-for-27 in stolen base attempts this season to rank second in the Pac-10. She has tallied 71 career stolen bases, which ranks sixth on the all-time list and needs just 10 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 726-350-1 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 maintained its No. 3 national ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll on April 15. UW trails No. 2 UCLA by 12 points and No. 1 Arizona by 35 points.

The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 121 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 104 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: 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.

BUY 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

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