Husky Softball Begins Fall Practice

Aug. 27, 2003

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FALL TOURNAMENT: Washington opens the 2003-04 season with a tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Huskies will play six games from Sept. 19-Sept. 21 with two match-ups against Nebraska, Utah State and tourney host Utah.

STRONG RETURNING CLASS: The Huskies return nine starters from the 2003 squad that advanced to the program's sixth Women's College World Series last May. Washington returns all three outfielders, its pitching staff and first, second and third basemen. UW will have to adjust to the loss of three-time All-American Jaime Clark at shortstop but Amanda Oleson will likely make the switch there from second base. Tia Bollinger and Ashley Boek return to the pitching circle after a spectacular 2003 season in which the duo limited their opponents to a .215 average and tossed 19 shutouts. One unknown is whether All-American catcher/designated player Kristen Rivera will return for her junior campaign or whether she will be a member of the US National Team. Rivera was one of 46 players (including Clark) to received invitations to tryout for the national squad. If selected, Rivera will take a year off from Washington to compete in the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Last year. Rivera tied for the national lead with 25 home runs.

NEWCOMERS: Washington welcomes two newcomers to the team, including second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and catcher Robyn Wike. Lastrapes hails from Laguna Hills, Calif., and was a teammate of Husky sophomore Dena Tyson on the 2002 national championship Bat Busters squad. She also won the Southern California batting title while at Laguna Hills High with a .568 average. Wike is a Newbury Park, Calif., native and played with Husky sophomore Aimee Minor on the Worth Firecracker Gold Team. She also earned All-League and Defensive Player of the Year honors while playing for Newbury Park High School.

COACH WILSON: Teresa Wilson enters her 12th season at the helm of Husky Softball and her 18th season overall as a division I head coach. In 11 seasons with UW, Wilson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, 10 NCAA Regionals and six College World Series'. Her overall UW record stands at 532-198-1 (.728) and she is 735-361-1 (.671) 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 26All-Americans, 81 all-conference selections and 51 academic all-conference honorees. A 1983 All-American pitcher for Missouri, she is joined by assistants Scott Centala and Steve Dailey.

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