Huskies Open Pac-10 Season At Oregon and OSU
March 30, 2005
UP NEXT: The No. 17/17 (USA Today/ESPN.com) Washington softball team (16-9) opens the Pacific-10 Conference season at the Oregon schools this week. The Huskies open vs. Oregon on Friday at 3 pm, before facing No. 16/15 Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. The Huskies have already played Oregon this season, handing the Ducks a 6-0 loss at the Hawaii Paradise Classic in Honolulu on Feb. 6. All three games will be broadcast on KKNW 1150 AM.
A LOOK AT THE OPPOSITION:
Series vs. UW: Washington leads 32-11
Last meeting: The Huskies defeated Oregon 6-0 in Hawaii on Feb. 6, 2005
Notes: Oregon is riding a seven game win streak, including a pair win over Nevada (3-1, 3-1) and Brigham Young (8-0, 6-0) last week. The Ducks haven't given up more than one run in their last eight games and have shutout four of those opponents. T.J. Eadus headlines Oregon's offense with a .386 average, including six doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs. Three other players are hitting above .350, including Kristi Leiter (.385), Beanne Sabol (.364) and Suzie Barnes (.356). The Ducks have hit 18 home runs this season, including four by Barnes and three by Lovena Chaput and Beth Boskovich. The pitching staff is led by Amy Harris (10-4) with a 1.11 earned run average and 94 strikeouts in 94.1 innings. Oregon is out scoring its opponents 115-56 and have shutout its opponents nine times.
No. 16/15 OREGON STATE (19-6)
Series vs. UW: Washington leads 36-8
Last meeting: Washington swept the three game series vs. the Beavers last season, winning two games at home by 5-3 scores and winning on the road 4-2.
Notes: Oregon State has won 13 straight games and have not lost since Feb. 25. Pitcher Brianne McGowan has picked up all but one of those victories to improve to 16-2. The Beavers have three players hitting .333 or better, including Cambria Miranda (.391), Vanessa Iapala (.338) and Mia Longfellow (.333). OSU has slugged 29 home runs this season, including eight from Adriene Alo and five from McGowan.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 17th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 polls. The Huskies have been ranked in the NFCA poll for each of the last 148 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).
FOUR GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: Two Washington softball games will air on FSN this season. The April 15 game vs. Arizona at noon will air tape delayed, while the April 16 match-up vs. Arizona State will air live at 1 pm. Washington's games at Arizona on May 7 and 8 will also be televised. The May 7 game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the May 8 game will be broadcast on ESPN.
MINOR ENTERS HOME RUN TOP 10 LIST: Junior Aimee Minor has belted nine home runs this season to bring her career total to 17. She ranks 10th on the UW all-time career list and trails Michelle Church who holds the No. 9 spot with 20 home runs. Minor has hit two home runs in the same game twice this season. She hit two homers vs. Ohio State on Feb. 26 at the Palm Springs Classic and two against Portland Sate in the first game of a double header on March 12.
RIVERA APPROACHES CAREER HOME RUN AND WALKS RECORDS: Senior Kristen Rivera has hit 10 home runs and has drawn 31 walks (13 intentional) this season to bring her career totals to 68 home runs and 143 walks. She ranks No. 2 all-time on the UW home run list behind Jaime Clark (73) and ranks second all-time on the walk list behind Jennifer Cline (176).
STEALING EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK: The Huskies have stolen 46 bases in 53 attempts this season to rank third in the Pac-10. Washington had just 39 stolen bases all of last season. Freshman Ashley Charters leads the team and conference with 20 steals in 23 attempts. Kristen Rivera is 6-for-6 on the season and Dominique Lastrapes is 5-for-5.
UW USES THE LONG BALL: Washington has smacked 35 home runs this season and have given up just eight. The Huskies have hit at least one home run in 20 of 25 games this season and two home runs or more eight times. Washington has hit four home runs in a game twice the season, including in a 17-7 romp of Illinois (Feb. 12) and a 14-4 win over Portland State (Mar. 12). UW has hit-back-to-back home runs five times this season. Sarah Hyatt and Aimee Minor have gone back-to-back twice, while Hyatt has also gone back-to-back with Jacki Hansen and Kristen Rivera. Rivera has also gone back-to-back with Kathy Fiske. UW ranks second in the Pac-10 in home runs, just one round tripper away from conference leader Stanford (36).
NOBLE TOSSES NO-HITTER: Freshman Caitlin Noble became just the third freshman in Husky history to throw a no-hitter when she held Kansas hitless on Feb. 26 en route to the 4-0 win. UW has had 23 no-hitters in its history.
BOEK THROWS THIRD NO-HITTER: Senior Ashley Boek threw her third career no-hitter with a 18-0 win over Willamette on Feb. 19. Boek also had no-hitters against San Jose State in 2002 and Morehead State in 2003.
UW SCORES BIG: Washington has scored double-figure runs six times this season. The Huskies scored 18 runs against Willamette on Feb. 19 and 17 runs against No. 22 Illinois on Feb. 12. UW opened the season with a 12-0 win over Jacksonville (Feb. 5) and an 11-0 win over IPFW (Feb. 4). The Huskies also defeated Portland State 14-4 on Mar. 12 and DePaul 11-6 on Mar. 19. The UW record for runs scored in a game is 28, set in a 28-0 victory over Stanford on April 23, 1993.
NOBLE SETS STRIKEOUT RECORD: Freshman Caitlin Noble struck out 16 batters against Willamette in six innings on Feb. 19 to set a UW record for most strikeouts in a regulation game. The previous record of 15 strikeouts in seven innings was set by current Husky pitching coach Eve Gaw. Gaw fanned 15 against Western Washington on April 9, 1995. The most strikeouts in Washington history is 18, set by Jennifer Spediacci in a nine inning game against Oregon State on May 13, 2000.
UW FALLS ON SHORT SIDE OF ONE-RUN GAMES: Four of Washington's nine losses this season have come by one run. The Huskies are 1-4 in one-run ball games, losing to Hawaii 7-6, UCF 1-0, Tennessee 2-1 and Northwestern 3-2. Three of those loses came way of home runs. Washington's only one-run victory was a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State at the Palm Springs Classic. UW won that game with a home run by Dominique Lastrapes.
EXTRA-INNINGS MEAN EXTRA RUNS: The Huskies have played two extra-inning games this season and have won both. UW is out scoring its opponents 6-0 during the international tiebreaker and junior Aimee Minor has hit a home run in both eighth innings. She hit a leadoff two-run shot against UC Santa Barbara en route a 4-2 win and belted a three-run home run vs. Long Beach en route to the 5-1 win.
SCORE EARLY, SCORE OFTEN: Washington is out scoring its opponents 162-81 this season and is doing most of its damage early on. The Huskies are out scoring their opponents 58-10 in the first inning and 30-13 in the second inning. Washington's problem innings are the third and sixth. UW is being out scored 20-15 in the third inning and 16-13 in the sixth.
BOEK CRACKS TOP FIVE: Ashley Boek has cracked into the UW career top five list in numerous categories this season. Boek ranks fifth in wins (76), appearances (140) and starts (07). She has 714 career strikeouts and is 35 K's away from the No. 2 spot on the Husky charts held by Tia Bollinger (735).
FISKE OUT 4-6 WEEKS: Senior third baseman Kathy Fiske suffered a broken left hand on Feb. 5 vs. Tennessee after being hit by a pitch. She broke the fifth metacarpal bone in two places and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. At the time, Fiske led the team with a .450 average and 10 RBIs.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: The Huskies have pounded 67 extra-base hits this season and have given up just 22. Washington has hit 30 doubles, two triples and 35 home runs compared to its opponent's 13 doubles, triple and eight home runs. Nine different Huskies have hit home runs this season, including Kristen Rivera (10), Aimee Minor (9), Sarah Hyatt (8), Kathy Fiske (3), Callie Bergan (1), Ashley Charters (1), Lauren Greer (1), Jacki Hansen (1) and Dominique Lastrapes (1).
FANNING THE COMPETITION: Freshman Caitlin Noble has struck out 131 batters in 76.2 innings, averaging 11.96 K's per game. Noble has struck out at least 10 batters eight times. Ashley Boek is averaging 7.96 strikeouts per game has struck out 10 or more batters twice this season.
IN GRAND FASHION: Seniors Callie Bergan and Kristen Rivera and junior Aimee Minor have hit grand slams this season. Bergan hit her first career grand slam vs. Jacksonville in the season-opener in Honolulu on Feb. 3. The hit marked the first home run of her career and her second-ever extra-base hit. Her five RBI's also marked a career game-high. She had just eight in her first three years at Washington. Rivera hit her second career grand slam against Portland State on Mar. 12. Her first grand slam came last year vs. Arizona State on April 3. Minor hit her first career grand slam vs. DePaul on Mar. 19.
HUSKIES WIN HAWAII PARADISE CLASSIC: Washington opened the 2005 season with a 3-1 record at the Hawaii Paradise Classic to earn the tournament title. The Huskies tied with Hawaii and Oregon in the team standings but won the tournament title with the tie breaker (least runs scored against: seven). UW defeated Jacksonville (12-0), IPFW (11-0) and No. 13 Oregon (6-0), before falling to host UH (7-6). Senior Kristen Rivera earned MVP honors as she hit .667 (6-for-9) with seven RBIs, six runs scored and two home runs. She was the Offensive MVP of the same tournament in 2003. Three other UW players earned all-tournament honors, including pitcher Ashley Boek, third baseman Kathy Fiske and outfielder Jacki Hansen. Washington out hit its opponents .340 to .233 and out scored its opponents 35-7.
CHALLENGING SCHEDULE: Washington's schedule includes 12 teams currently ranked in either the USA Today/ NFCA Top 25 poll or ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. Washington has already faced eight ranked opponents, defeating No. 13 Oregon, No. 22 Illinois and No. 25 Long Beach State. UW's ranked loses were to No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 18 Nebraska and No. 21 Fresno State. Washington will also take on six ranked teams during the Pac-10 season, including No. 2/2 Arizona, No. 3/3 California, No. 6/6 Stanford, No. 7/10 UCLA, No. 16/15 Oregon State and No. 18/21 Arizona State. Washington is 3-5 against ranked teams this season.
COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST: The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, and USA Softball announced its initial watch list for the fourth annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Two Huskies were named on the list, including sophomore second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and senior catcher Kristen Rivera. Both players earned All-America honors last season. The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Conference softball coaches. Head Coach Heather Tarr, who enters her first season at the helm of the UW program, returns seven starters for the 2005 campaign, including All-American catcher and 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year Kristen Rivera and All-American second baseman Dominique Lastrapes. Tarr, a former player at Washington, aims to guide the Huskies to their 12th postseason appearance and eighth Women's College World Series. California was picked to win the Pac-10 Conference after receiving 44 points, including three first place votes. Arizona, the 2004 Pac-10 Champion, was picked to finish second with 43 points, while 2004 National Champion UCLA was tabbed third with 42 points.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 17-player Washington roster includes 10 returning letterwinners and seven returning starters. The 2005 team is comprised of five seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. Eight players hail from Washington, eight from California and one from Oregon.
HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington softball player, embarks on her first season as its head coach after a six-year stint at Pacific as an assistant coach and most recently as the associate head coach. At Pacific, the Tigers posted a 232-124 (.652) overall record and 90-44 (.672) mark in the Big West Conference. In 2001, she and Pacific head coach Brian Kolze were named the 2001 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Tigers to within one win of the Women's College World Series and a No. 18 final national ranking. Tarr joined Pacific prior to the 1999 season after an outstanding career as a Husky. As a four-year letterwinner, Tarr helped lead UW to a second place finish at the Women's College World Series in 1996 and a third place finish in 1997. She has a 16-9 career record at Washington.
RIVERA DRAFTED BY THE NPF'S TEXAS THUNDER: Washington senior Kristen Rivera has been drafted by the Texas Thunder in the first round of the 2005 Senior College Player Selections. Rivera was one of 21 athletes selected by six National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) teams over four rounds. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2005 college season is finished. Senior selection rights expire July 15, 2005. The NPF consists of six team including the Akron Racers, Arizona Heat, Chicago Bandits, New England Riptide, NY/NJ Juggernaut and Texas Thunder. The California Sunbirds will remain a part of the league but is suspending play for 2005 while working this year to restructure with plans to field a team again in 2006 along with additional teams in other potential markets. Last year, the Texas Thunder won the inaugural NPF regular season with a 41-17 record. Two former Washington players are also in the league, including Jaime Clark (Chicago Bandits) and Sara Pickering (Arizona Heat).
HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, will carry 10 Husky softball games, plus any postseason play during the 2005 season. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his eighth season behind the microphone, while John Cowley will deliver color commentary for his fifth season with the Dawgs. All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at ww.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):
2006 SIGNEES: The Washington softball team has received National Letters of Intent from five high school seniors and one junior college transfer who will join the Huskies for the 2006 season. The six players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 10-17. The late signing period begins April 13, 2005. The newcomers include infielder/pitcher Brooke Woodward (Vancouver, Wash), pitcher Danielle Lawrie (Langley, British Columbia), catcher Ashlyn Watson (Garden Grove, Calif.), utility Alicia Matthews (Olympia, Wash), outfielder Marnie Koziol (Renton, Wash.) and infielder Destri Keo (Woodinville, Wash).
TWO FORMER UW PLAYERS TO COMPETE AT SEATTLE SPORTS SUMMIT: After a three-day tryout camp in Chula Vista, CA, former Washington players Jaime Clark and Jenny Topping have been selected by USA Softball to the 18-member roster to compete at the 2005 Pacific Rim Sports Summit in Seattle in June. Clark, a 2003 graduate from Washington, had a spectacular collegiate career that included two appearances in the Women's College World Series (2000, 2003) and three Pac-10 all-conference awards. She finished her career with three school records, including career home runs (73), career runs scored (223) and career runs batted in (243). She was an alternate on the 2004 USA Women's Softball Team that won the Olympic gold medal in Athens last summer. Topping played one season at UW (2000) and earned All-America honors before transferring to Cal State Fullerton. During her freshman campaign, Topping led the nation in home runs (24), RBIs (90) and slugging percentage (.960). She was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and set Washington records for walks (56) and on-base percentage (.565). Topping was a member of the 2004 Olympic team.
#22 Callie Bergan: Has appeared in 18 games, making eight starts as the designated player and one at first base ... is hitting .188 (6-for-32) with nine RBIs and five runs ... opened the season with a grand slam and five RBIs vs. Jacksonville (Feb. 3), marking just her second-ever extra-base hit ... went 4-for-6 in a double header vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) with three runs, three RBIs and a double ... singled in win over Illinois-Chicago.
More on Bergan: Grew up going to Husky softball camps ... her high school coach was former UW standout Shelly Brown ... grandfather owns a fruit orchard and she enjoys spending time on the ranch ... father (Gary) played football at Washington State ... missed nearly two years of college softball because of a shoulder injury ... superstitious ... wants to go into public relations or marketing.
#14 Ashley Boek: Has made 19 appearances in the circle with a 10-5 record ... has started 13 games and completed 10 with five shutouts ... has struck out 97 batters in 85.1 innings ... threw back-to-back shutouts in her first two starts of the season with a 12-0 victory over Jacksonville and a 6-0 win over Oregon at the Paradise Hawaii Classic ... tossed her third career no-hitter vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) with 10 strikeouts ... tied her career-high with 12 strikeouts vs. Oklahoma State en route to the 1-0 shutout victory.
#11 Ashley Charters: Has started all 25 games at shortstop ... leads the team with a .455 (35-for-77) average, 35 hits, 32 runs and 20 stolen bases ... her 20 steals lead the Pac-10 ... is riding a 10-game hitting streak ... leads UW with 12 multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Long Beach State ... has four multi-RBI games ... has hit safely in 22 of 25 games ... tallied a double vs. Jacksonville (Feb. 5) for her first career hit ... hit an inside-the-park home run vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) ... stole three bases in games vs. Northwestern (Feb. 25) and DePaul (Mar. 18) ... has scored three or more runs four times, including four runs vs. DePaul.
More on Charters: Her family boards horses ... both of her parents ran track in college .. her brothers played basketball and football in college.
#18 Torie Coury: Has appeared in 22 games, making 17 starts at third base, one in right field and one as designated player ... tallied first collegiate hit vs. UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 13) ... singled in wins against Kansas (Feb. 26), Illinois-Chicago (Mar. 5) and Long Beach State (Mar. 6) ... stole her first base against Long Beach State ... drove in a run against Portland State (Mar. 12) ... doubled against DePaul (Mar. 18).
More on Coury: Is a quarter Lebanese ... plays the guitar and piano ... contemplating a career as a physical therapist, sports writer or coach.
# 1 Kailyn Ellinger: Has appeared in 13 games, making one start in right field ... has scored two runs, drawn two walks and made two putouts.
#21 Kathy Fiske: Started the first seven games of the season at third base before breaking her hand after being hit by a pitch against Tennessee (Feb. 13) ... led the team with a .450 average and 10 RBIs at the time of the injury ... went 3-for-3 in the season opener vs. Jacksonville (Feb. 3) with a RBI and two runs scored ... drove in two runs against IPFW (Feb. 4) ... hit two-run home run vs. Hawaii (Feb. 6) ...hit two home runs in the following game vs. Illinois (Feb. 12).
More on Fiske: Plays the guitar and was in a band in middle school ... superstitious ... coaches a 12U softball team ... played baseball until she as 14 ... has had two surgeries, a herniated disk and a broken hand yet never missed a game until the hand injury (Feb. 13) ... wants to go into law enforcement.
#20 Lauren Greer: Has made 23 starts in the outfield, including 18 in left field and five in right field ... is hitting .250 with seven RBIs and 10 runs scored ... went 3-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs and four runs scored in double header vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) ... doubled against Texas A&M (Feb. 25) ... went 5-for-6 in Portland State double header with a RBI and two runs scored ... hit a home run against Fresno State (Mar. 19) ... is on a three-game hitting streak.
#9 Jacki Hansen: Has started all 25 games in the outfield ... is hitting .182 with seven RBIs and 11 runs scored ... kicked off career with four-game hitting streak ... doubled, scored three runs and had two RBIs in season opener against Jacksonville (Feb. 3) ... hit first collegiate home run vs. IPFW (Feb. 4) ... singled and drove in two runs against Willamette (Feb. 19) ... went 2-for-4 in double header vs. Portland State (Mar. 12) with three runs scored.
More on Hansen: Transferred from Stanford ... grandfather is a UW alum ... brother Michael will golf for Gonzaga next year ... wants to become a teacher and coach ... her boyfriend is in the Marine Corps and is getting home from Iraq in April.
#23 Sarah Hyatt: Has started all 25, making 24 starts at first base and one at third ... is hitting .311 (23-for-74) with 28 RBIs, and 18 runs scored ... leads team with six doubles and has hit eight home runs ... hit a two-run home run vs. IPFW (Feb. 4) ... went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs against Illinois (Feb. 12) ...went 2-for-5 with three runs, two RBIs and a home run in a double header vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) ... went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, two runs scored and a home run vs. Ohio State (Feb. 26) ... went 2-for-4 in next game vs. Kansas (Feb. 26) with a home run, two runs and two RBIs ... hit 2-for-3 with a home run against UNLV (Mar. 6) ... homered in next game vs. Portland State (Mar. 12) ... hit a home run and drove in five RBIs against DePaul (Mar. 18) ... hit a two-run home run against Fresno State (Mar. 19).
More on Hyatt: Grew up going to Husky softball camps ...her grandma's have attended nearly every game of her career ... current UW pitching coach Eve Gaw was her summer ball coach.
#10 Kirsten L'Heureux: Has appeared in 15 games, making 10 starts at catcher ... is hitting .231 (6-for-26) with four RBIs and four runs scored ... doubled vs. IPFW (Feb. 4) in her first start of the season ... hit a two-RBI single against Hawaii (Feb. 6) ... went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored a run vs. UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 13) ... hit 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored against Willamette (Feb. 19).
More on L'Heureux: Left Western Washington to move to Manhattan and then Los Angeles ... keeps a journal ... coaches a summer softball team for girls ages 11-12 ... both her father (Andre') and stepfather (Gregory) rowed crew at UW.
#4 Dominique Lastrapes: Has started all 25 games at second base ... is hitting 253 (21-for-83) with 19 runs scored and 12 RBIs ... started the season with a five-game hitting streak ... went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI vs. IPFW (Feb. 4) ... went 2-for-3 and scored a run against Hawaii (Feb. 6) ... went 5-for-7 with double header vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) with three RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles ... hit 2-for-4 with a RBI-triple against Kansas (Feb. 26) ... hit her first career home run and the game-winner against Oklahoma State (Feb. 27).
#7 Aimee Minor: Has started all 25 games in centerfield ... is hitting .317 (19-for-60) with 23 RBIs and 19 runs scored ... has hit two doubles and nine home runs ... doubled in back-to-back games vs. Oregon (Feb. 6) and Hawaii (Feb. 6) ... hit the game-winning home run in the eighth inning against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 13) ... hit two home runs and drove in four runs against Ohio State (Feb. 26) ... went 2-for-2 against Oklahoma State (Feb. 27) ... hit a two-run home run vs. Illinois-Chicago (Mar. 5) ... hit the game-winning home run in the eighth inning vs. Long Beach State (Mar. 6), while driving in three runs ... went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three runs scored vs. Portland State (Mar. 12) ... hit a grand slam against DePaul (Mar. 18).
More on Minor: Family owns a potato farm ... grew up on a race track as her father owned and raced race cars ... was raised with two softball fields and a batting cage on her property.
#13 Caitlin Noble: Has appeared in the circle 15 times with 12 starts, six complete games and three shutouts ... has a 6-4 record ... has notched 131 strikeouts in 76.2 innings ... has eight double-digit strikeout performances ... tossed an eight-strikeout shutout vs. IPFW (Feb. 4) in first collegiate start ... tallied double-figure strikeouts in next four starts ... set the school record for strikeouts in a regulation game with 16 against Willamette (Feb. 19) in six innings ... became just the third UW freshman to ever throw a no-hitter with a 4-0 win over Kansas (Feb. 26)
More on Noble: Grew up going to Husky softball camps ... father wrestled in college ... sister played softball at Mesa State ... has a pug Napoleon that she got for her 18th birthday ... plays badminton.
#31 Kristen Rivera: Has started all 25 games as either catcher or designated player ... is hitting .439 (25-for-57) with 28 RBIs and 25 runs scored ... has walked 31 times, 13 intentional ... has hit four doubles and 10 home runs ... named to the top-40 watch list for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award ... a first round draft pick by the Texas Thunder for the NPF ... went 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs against IPFW (Feb. 4) ... had three hits in back-to-back games vs. Hawaii (Feb. 6) and Illinois (Feb. 12) ... hit two home runs vs. Illinois ... went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs in double header vs. Willamette (Feb. 19) ... homered against Northwestern (Feb. 25) ... hit 2-for-3 vs. Kansas (Feb. 26) ... went 2-for-3 with a double and home run vs. Illinois-Chicago, while driving in five runs ...hit 2-for-3 vs. Oklahoma (Mar. 5) ... hit a three-run home run vs. UNLV (Mar. 6) ... went 4-for-6, including her second career grand slam in double header vs. Portland State (Mar. 12) ... drove in six RBIs in those games ... tied the school record with four walks vs. DePaul (Mar. 18).
More on Rivera: Was a 10-pound baby ... voted 'Pac-10 Player You'd Least Like To Meet In A Dark Alley' by Ultimate College Softball.com ... would like to join the police force after graduation and eventually the FBI.
#15 Jessica Wilkinson: Has appeared in 17 games ... has scored five runs and stolen three bases.
More on Wilkinson: Walked-on after receiving a full academic scholarship ... was recruited by several division I schools to play basketball ... grew up playing soccer and won the Seattle Youth Soccer Association championship, twice, earning MVP honors ... was in a string trio with her sisters ... plans to attend graduate school at Western Washington and possibly pursue a law degree.
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