Softball Begins Second Half Of Pac-10 Season
April 23, 2003
UP NEXT: The No. 4-ranked Washington softball team (39-7-1) continues its nine-game homestand with three Pac-10 games this weekend. UW opens with a 2 p.m. game vs. Stanford on Friday and closes the weekend with games against California on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard on KKNW AM-1150 or over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.
Tuesday, April 22: Washington def. Western Washington, 6-0 and 6-0
Friday, April 25: Washington vs. Stanford, 2 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 Stanford (29-8) and California (21-20). The Dawgs have lost two of three games to Stanford this season at the hands of 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 524-189-1 (.734) and she is 728-350-1 (.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 TIME OUT: The Huskies won a pair of non-conference games against Western Washington, 6-0 and 6-0, on Tuesday. Washington out-hit the Vikings 21-3 en route to the pair of shutout victories. The Huskies were led offensively by Kristen Rivera, who had two home runs and six runs batted in, dividing them up equally in the two games. Jaime Clark also did some damage at the plate, notching four hits, including a double and a triple, and scoring five runs. Ashley Boek threw a one-hitter in the opener, striking out 10 and walking none. Tia Bollinger earned the win in the nightcap as she gave up just two hits, striking out six and not issuing a walk.
DINNER WITH THE DAWGS: The Washington softball program will host the 2003 Dinner with the Dawgs and Silent Auction on Sunday, May 4, in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium in conjunction with the Huskies' final regular-season home game of the season against the Oregon Ducks. The Silent Auction will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the game. Items will be placed on Purple, Silver and Gold tables, and the tables will close on a stepped schedule with the final closing at approximatley 4:30 p.m. Outback Steakhouse will cater a steak and chicken dinner for $15 a person (children 5 and under are free) beginning immediately after the game. To purchase tickets to the diner contact Genesis Steele at (206) 543-6072 or email@example.com.
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.
LIMITING THE LOSSES: The UW softball team has only lost seven games in 47 outings this season. In their 11-year history, the Huskies have finished two seasons with single-digit losses, in 1996 (59-9) and 2000 (62-9). Each of those years the Dawgs advanced to the championship game of the College World Series.
NATIONAL TEAM CAMP INVITES: 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.
A PAIR OF ACES IN THE CIRCLE: Washington is the only team in the Pac-10 with two 15+ game winners and two pitchers with 100 or more strikeouts. Junior Tia Bollinger is 21-5 with a team-high 158 strikeouts and boasts a 1.23 earned run average. Sophomore Ashley Boek is 17-2 with 143 strikeouts and has a 1.37 ERA.
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. On April 12, 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 135 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 hit consecutive home runs versus Portland State (Feb. 28). 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 46 games, including 45 at first base and one at third base. Minor has started 35 games in right field and eight as the designated player. Tyson has notched 42 starts in left field and one in centerfield. The trio has amassed 38 percent of the team's doubles (22-of-58), 33 percent of the team's triples (2-of-6) and 31 percent of the team's home runs (18-of-58).
THE LONG BALL: The Huskies have belted 58 home runs this season. Seven players have hit at least one home run, including Kristen Rivera (19), 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 209 with 10 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 728-350-1 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 dipped one position in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll on April 22 to No. 4. Texas moved ahead of the Huskies by just one point (470-469). Pac-10 foes Arizona (525) and UCLA (504) continue to hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.
The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 122 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 105 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 five games, 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.
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.
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. 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 one of only 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 to claim 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.
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.
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 seven home games remaining 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) ... recorded her first start of the season at first base versus Western Washington (April 22) ... has 32 putouts on the season.
ASHLEY BOEK, SOPHOMORE, P: Is 17-2 this season ... has struck out 143 batters in 128 innings pitched ... named the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic Most Outstanding Pitcher, posting three wins and a save ... 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) ... notched the 3-1 win over Oregon State with five strikeouts ... fanned 10 batters in the shutout victory against Western Washington (April 22).
TIA BOLLINGER, JUNIOR, P: Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (Mar. 4) ... is 21-5 on the season with five saves and a 1.23 ERA ... has fanned 158 batters in 182.2 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) ... became the Pac-10 and school's all-time career saves leader (11) with a save versus Arizona State (April 5) ... struck out nine ASU batters en route to a 1-0 victory (April 6) ... shutout Oregon (April 11) behind a three hit, one strikeout performance ... tallied a save versus Oregon State (April 12) ... shutout Oregon State (April 14) with six strikeouts ... tossed her eighth shutout of the season with a 6-0 decision over Western Washington (April 22) behind a two-hit, six-strikeout performance.
JAIME CLARK, SENIOR, SS: Has started all 47 games at short stop ... has recorded 10 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games ... one of 45 players invited to USA Softball National Team Camp ... hit .400 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, including a double, home run and five RBIs ...is 24-for-27 in stolen base attempts, including three against Northwestern (Feb. 15) ... ranks third on the team with 32 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) ... became the school's all-time runs leader with a pair of runs versus Hawaii (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 ... homered against Oregon State (April 12) ... tied the UW career RBI record with her 227th versus UCLA on April 18 ... went 4-for-6 versus Western Washington in a double header, scoring five runs and blasting a double and triple for a 1.167 slugging percentage ... has hit 11 home runs this season.
KATHY FISKE, SOPHOMORE, 3B: Has started 46 games at third base ... missed one start due to injury ... ranks second on the team with a .348 average, including 12 doubles and nine home runs ... has driven in 37 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 ... hit 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against Oregon State (April 14) ... hit a RBI double in the 6-0 victory over Western Washington (April 22).
AMY HANSON, JUNIOR, C: Has started 31 games, including 21 behind the plate, nine as the designated hitter and one at first base ... has thrown out five potential base stealers this season ... has six sacrifice hits to tie with Rita Roach for the team-lead ...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 46 games, including 45 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) ... hit the game-winning home run against Arizona State with a sixth-inning two-run home run (April 5).
COURTNEY JEFFRIES, JUNIOR, OF: Has played in 20 games, starting five in left field and five 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) ... hit a RBI double off the left field wall versus Western Washington (April 22).
AIMEE MINOR, FRESHMAN, OF: Has started 43 games, including 35 in right field and eight 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) ... hit a two-run double versus Oregon (April 11) ... went 2-for-4 against Oregon State (April 14) ... hit a two-RBI single against Western Washington (April 22) ... leads the team with nine hit by pitches.
AMANDA OLESON, JUNIOR, 2B: Has started all 47 games at second base ... is 7-for-8 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) ... hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored in won over Oregon (April 11) ... notched two hits and scored three runs in 7-0 romp over Oregon State (April 14) ... had a RBI-single in the win over Western Washington (April 22).
MEGAN OWEN, JUNIOR, OF: Has started 23 games, including 11 in right field, eight in centerfield and four as designated hitter ... 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) ... went 1-for-1 with a double and scored the game-winner against Arizona State (April 6) ... hit 1-for-1 against Western Washington (April 22) and stole her first base of the season.
KRISTEN RIVERA, SOPHOMORE, C: Has started all 47 games, including 26 at catcher and 21 as designated player ... leads team with a .388 batting average and 19 home runs ... also leads the team with 57 RBIs and a .856 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 ... top-25 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award ... one of 45 players invited to USA Softball National Team Camp ... 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) ... blasted a two-run home run against Oregon (April 11) ... tallied a home run and three RBIs in 7-0 win over Oregon State (April 14) ... went 5-for-8 in the double header versus Western Washington ... belted two home runs against the WWU Vikings and recorded six RBIs.
RITA ROACH, JUNIOR, OF: Has started 38 games in centerfield ... 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 games, including wins over Illinois (Mar. 21), Morehead State (Mar. 22) and Utah (Mar. 22) ... went 2-for-4 versus Western Washington (April 22) with a run scored ... tied with Amy Hanson with a team-best six sacrifice hits.
TRACI TAWNEY, SENIOR, OF: Has appeared in 36 games as a pinch runner and outfielder with one start in right field ... 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 n four attempts this season and has scored eight runs.
DENA TYSON, FRESHMAN, OF: Has started 41 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 ... hit a home run and notched two RBIs in win over Oregon (April 11) ... blasted a home run in the following game at Oregon State (April 12) with two RBIs ... went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles against Western Washington (April 22).
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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