USA Softball Selects Jaime Clark To 2003 Women's National Team
June 9, 2003
SEATTLE -- Washington shortstop Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) is one of 18 athletes to be named to the 2003 Women's National Softball Team, it was announced today by USA Softball. The National Team will attempt to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive title at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 1-17.
A group of 50 of the nation's top female softball players was narrowed down to an 18-player roster for the Pan Am Games, after participating in the Women's Pan Am Tryout Camp, June 4-7, in Chula Vista, Calif. Sophomore catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) was invited to the tryout but declined participation due to injury.
The national nod is the second for Clark who was a member of the USA Blue team, which competed in three tournaments over the summer of 2001. That year, Clark started all 24 games at shortstop and led the field at the Pan Am Qualifier with a .483 average, including 19 of the team's 63 runs batted in.
Clark was the only senior starter for the Huskies this season and led the team to its sixth Women's College World Series appearance in eight years. She maintained a .391 average throughout the postseason and belted three home runs, en route to a .826 slugging percentage. Clark was named to the Regional All-Tournament team for her .467 average and was perfect on defense at the WCWS. A three-time All-American, she holds the school's school records with 223 runs scored, 73 home runs and 243 RBIs.
Joining Clark on the National team are six members of the gold medal team from the 2000 Olympic, including Leah O'Brien (Amico, Chino Hills, Calif.), Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.), Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.), Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif.), Lori Harrigan (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.). USA Softball also welcomes Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.), Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif.), Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif.), Keira Goerl (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Nina Lindenberg (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.), Tairia Mims (Tucson, Ariz.), Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas), Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif.) and Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) to the National Team.