Huskies Host Arizona & ASU
April 13, 2005
UP NEXT: The No. 24/RV (USA Today/ESPN.com) Washington softball team (19-14, 1-5 Pac-10) hosts No. 2/2 Arizona (31-4, 5-2 Pac-10) and No. 21/ 22 Arizona State (26-13, 1-6 Pac-10) this weekend in Pac-10 action. The 1 pm game vs. the Arizona Wildcats will be tape delayed by FSN and air on April 18 at noon. The ASU game on Saturday, April 16 will air live on FSN Northwest at 2:30 pm. Saturday is 'Jaime Clark Day' and she will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs following the game. The Huskies will also take on ASU on Sunday at 1 pm. Gametracker will be available for all three games at www.gohuskies.com.
HUSKIES TO HOST Jaime Clark DAY: The Huskies welcome former UW All-American and member of the 2004 USA Olympic softball team, Jaime Clark, back for 'Jaime Clark Day' on April 16. Clark will throw out the first pitch for the Arizona State game at 2:30 pm and will sign autographs after the game. One lucky fan will have a chance to win a Clark jersey on Saturday via raffle. Clark will also sign autographs following the 1 pm game vs. Arizona on Fri., April 15.
A LOOK AT THE OPPOSITION:
No. 2/No. 2 ARIZONA (31-4, 5-2 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: Arizona leads 43-15.
Last meeting: Arizona defeated Washington in both Pac-10 games last season in Seattle, 3-0 and 5-1. The game scheduled in Tucson was rained out and was not made up. The Huskies did defeat Arizona in non-conference action last year in the championship game of the Kia Klassic, 7-6. Aimee Minor had six RBIs in that game, including a pair of home runs and a double to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.
Notes: Arizona dropped just its fourth game of the season last weekend vs. Oregon State before taking a pair from Oregon. Caitlin Lowe leads the Wildcats with a .512 average (62-for-121) and 35 runs scored. Kristie Fox and Autumn Champion are also sparking Arizona's offense with .374 (43-for-115) and .365 (38-for-104) averages, respectively. Fox leads the team with eight home runs, including a grand slam in a come from behind victory over California two weeks ago. Alicia Hollowell (21-3) is Arizona's workhorse in the circle, boasting a 0.70 earned run average, 13 shutouts and 305 strikeouts in 169.1 innings.
No. 21/22 ARIZONA STATE (26-13, 1-6 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead 37-10.
Last meeting: Washington swept the series against the Sun Devils last season, including 9-1 and 8-5 wins in Tempe and a 6-3 victory in Seattle.
Notes: Arizona State is on a four-game skid, losing 1-0 heartbreakers to Arizona and Arizona State and falling 8-1 and 3-2 to Oregon State. The Sun Devils' last 10 opponents have been ranked in the top-25 and ASU has a 2-8 record in those games with wins over No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-1, and No. 6 Stanford, 2-0. The team is led by Heidi Knabe with a .429 (9-for-21) average in Pac-10 play. Mindy Cowles boasts a team-high .320 (35-for-106) average overall with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. Sharee Zaleski also has 10 home runs this season with 27 RBIs. Kate Burkhart (10-7) and Desiree Serrano (10-4) each have 10 victories for the Sun Devils. Burkhart has a 0.78 earned run average, six shutouts and 169 strikeouts in 125.1 innings. Serrano has a 1.41 ERA, two shutouts and 94 strikeouts in 84.2 innings. ASU is out scoring its opponents 150-65.
HUSKIES AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Washington ranks among the nation's best in four statistical categories, including home runs per game, scoring, slugging percentage and stolen bases per game. The Huskies' 1.27 home runs per game rank fifth nationally, while their 5.88 runs per game rank 11th. UW boasts a .478 slugging percentage and 1.7 stolen bases per game, which rank 16th and 24th, respectively. Five Washington players are also listed on the national ranking summary, including Ashley Charters, Sarah Hyatt, Aimee Minor, Caitlin Noble and Kristen Rivera. Charters ranks second and third in the country with 1.12 runs per game and .79 stolen bases per game. Hyatt ranks 20th and 21st with .30 home runs per game and 1.0 RBIs per game. Minor rankS 11th, 28th and 38th with .33 home runs per game, .97 RBIs per game and a .735 slugging percentage. Noble ranks ninth nationally with 11.4 strikeouts per game. Rivera leads the country with 1.18 walks per game and her .928 slugging percentage ranks second. She also ranks 11th with .33 home runs per game and 38th with .88 runs per game.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 24th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 150 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). Washington received votes in the lastest USA Softball/ESPN.com top 25 poll and are one spot out of the top-25.
ESPN PICKS UP TWO GAMES: Washington's games at Arizona on May 7 and 8 have been picked up for television. The May 7 game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and has been moved up one hour to a 6 pm start. The May 8 game will be broadcast on ESPN at 1pm.
HYATT ENTERS RBI TOP 10 LIST: Junior Sarah Hyatt leads the Huskies with 33 runs batted in this season to bring her career total to 101 RBIs. She is tied with Jenny Topping for the No. 10 spot on the UW all-time list. Other current players on the list include Kristen Rivera (fifth- 209) and Kathy Fiske (eighth-118).
MINOR ENTERS HOME RUN TOP 10 LIST: Junior Aimee Minor has belted 11 home runs this season to bring her career total to 19. 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 WALK RECORDS: Senior Kristen Rivera has hit 11 home runs and has drawn 39 walks (15 intentional) this season to bring her career totals to 69 home runs and 152 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 56 bases in 66 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 26 steals in 29 attempts, which ranks 10th on the UW single-season list. Dominique Lastrapes is 8-for-8 and Kristen Rivera is 6-for-6 on the season.
COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Senior Kristen Rivera is among a list of 25 finalists for the 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. 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. Sophomore Dominique Lastrapes was on the initial top-40 watch list for the award.
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 www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Here is the remaining UW softball radio broadcast schedule (broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch; schedule is subject to change):
UW USES THE LONG BALL: Washington has smacked 42 home runs this season to lead the Pac-10 and rank fifth nationally. The Dawgs have given up just 14 home runs. Washington is 18-7 when hitting a home run. The Huskies have hit at least one home run in 25 of 33 games this season and two home runs or more 11 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.
FISKE RETURNS TO HUSKY LINEUP: Senior third baseman Kathy Fiske made her first start on April 1 since breaking her left hand against Tennessee on Feb. 13. She missed 18 games after being hit by a pitch vs. Monica Abbot and breaking her fifth metacarpal bone in two places. At the time of the injury, Fiske was leading the team with a .450 average and 10 RBIs. Fiske singled vs. Oregon in her first game back.
CHARTERS BOASTS 13-GAME HITTING STREAK: Freshman Ashley Charters had a 13 game hitting streak from Mar. 5 to Apr. 3. Charters has 12 multi-hit games and has hit safetly in 27 of 33 games this season.
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: Six of Washington's 14 losses this season have come by one run. The Huskies are 2-6 in one-run ball games, losing to Hawaii 7-6, UCF 1-0, Tennessee 2-1, Northwestern 3-2, California 4-3 and Stanford 4-3. Three of those loses came way of home runs. Washington's one-run victories include a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State at the Palm Springs Classic and a 4-3 win over Oregon to open the Pac-10 season. Dominique Lastrapes hit the game-winning home run vs. Oklahoma State and Aimee Minor hit a three-run home run against Oregon.
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 194-114 this season and is doing most of its damage early on. The Huskies are out scoring their opponents 67-22 in the first inning and 35-14 in the second inning. Washington's problem innings are the third and sixth. UW is being out scored 29-15 in the third inning and 18-16 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 (78), appearances (147) and starts (113). She has 746 career strikeouts and is seven K's away from the No. 2 spot on the Husky charts held by Tia Bollinger (753).
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: The Huskies have pounded 80 extra-base hits this season and have given up just 39. Washington has hit 36 doubles, two triples and 42 home runs compared to its opponent's 23 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs. Ten different Huskies have hit home runs this season, including every starter. Aimee Minor and Kristen Rivera lead the team with 11 each, while Sarah Hyatt has hit 10. Kathy Fiske has belted four home runs and Callie Bergan, Ashley Charters, Lauren Greer, Jacki Hansen, Dominique Lastrapes and Caitlin Noble have each hit one.
FANNING THE COMPETITION: Freshman Caitlin Noble has struck out 158 batters in 97.1 innings, averaging 11.36 K's per game. Noble has struck out at least 10 batters eight times. Ashley Boek is averaging 8.09 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 and did it again vs. Simon Fraser on Apr. 5.
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.
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 19-14 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).
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 20 games, making 11 starts ... is hitting .171 (6-for-35) 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 26 appearances in the circle with a 12-6 record ... has started 19 games and completed 11 with six shutouts ... has struck out 129 batters in 111.2 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.
More on Boek: Superstitious about the ribbons she wears in her hair ... pitches in turf shoes, not cleats ... speaks Spanish ... brings her stuffed animal Little Foot on every road trip ... had to overcome a knee injury as a senior in high school ... her grandfather has been her greatest motivator and would tell her 'there is not such thing as luck, just determination' ... will play softball in Europe this summer ... wants to attend graduate school for psychology and get into counseling or sports psychology ... contemplating playing professionally next summer.
#11 Ashley Charters: Has started all 33 games, including 32 at shortstop and one at second base ... leads the team with a .404 average, 40 hits, 37 runs and 26 stolen bases ... her 26 steals lead the Pac-10 ... had a 13-game hitting streak from Mar. 5-April 3 ... 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 27 of 33 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 ... was hit by a pitch in the face vs. Simon Fraser (Apr. 5), breaking her retainer.
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 26 games, making 21 starts at third base, one in right field, one at short stop, one at second base 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)... drove in a run vs. Simon Fraser (Apr. 5) ... singled and had a sacrifice vs. Stanford (Apr. 10)..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 17 games, making one start in right field ... has scored three runs, drawn two walks and made two putouts.
More on Ellinger: Enjoys riding motorcycles ... coached a Little League team last summer for 9 and 10 year olds ... likes to paint and draw ... is just the second person in her family to attend college ... her grandfather was the first, attending UW and graduating from the fourth-ever medical class ... her father has seen nearly every game she's ever played ... wants to become a high school art and psychology teacher.
#21 Kathy Fiske: Has started 15 games at third base ... is hitting .333 with 13 RBIs and four home runs ... 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 ... missed 18 games due to 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) ... made her first start since the injury on April 1 vs. Oregon ... singled in that game ... hit a home run vs. California (Apr. 8).
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 31 starts in the outfield, including 24 in left field and seven in right field ... is hitting .256 with eight RBIs and 12 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) ... singled vs. California (Apr. 8) ... went 2-for-3 at Stanford (Apr. 9) .. is on a four-game hitting streak.
#9 Jacki Hansen: Has started all 33 games in the outfield, including 24 in right field and nine in left field ... is hitting .208 with eight RBIs and 14 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 ... went 1-for-3 in first game against Stanford (Apr. 8) since transfering ... went 1-for-3 and scored a run against Stanford on the next day (Apr. 10).
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 33 games, making 30 starts at first base and three at third ... is hitting .278 with 33 RBIs, and 22 runs scored ... leads team with six doubles and has hit 10 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) ... hit a three-run home run vs. Simon Fraser (Apr. 5) ... hit a two-run home run in her next game vs. California (Apr. 8).
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 16 games, making 11 starts at catcher ... is hitting .241 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 31 games at second base, missing two starts due to a concussion suffered at California (Apr. 8) ... is hitting .265 with 21 runs scored and 13 RBIs ... started the season with a five-game hitting streak ... ... named to the top-40 watch list for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award ... 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) ...had two singles vs. Oregon State (Apr. 4) ... singled and scored two runs against Simon Fraser (Apr. 5) ... singled and stole a base vs. California (Apr. 8), suffering a concussion during the stolen base after a collison with short stop Chelsea Spencer.
More on Lastrapes: Has a dog named Gracie ... loves makeup and has over 50 Mac eyeshadows ... likes Audrey Hepburn ... attended a UCLA camp when she was 12 years old and knew she wanted to play college softball ... wants to go into public relations.
#7 Aimee Minor: Has started all 33 games in centerfield ... is hitting .2301 with 32 RBIs and 22 runs scored ... has hit three doubles and 11 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) ... hit a three-run home run vs. Oregon (Apr. 1) in the Pac-10 opener ... went 2-for-4 at Stanford (Apr. 10), driving in a run.
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 ... played on a boys tee ball team when she was eight and ranked second on the team in home runs ... was recruited to pitch by numerous DI schools.
#13 Caitlin Noble: Has appeared in the circle 22 times with 14 starts, seven complete games and four shutouts ... has a 7-6 record ... has notched 158 strikeouts in 97.1 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) ... went 2-for-2 vs. Simon Fraser (Apr. 5) and scored a run ... hit a three-run home run vs. Stanford (Apr. 9) for her first collegiate homer.
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 32 games as either catcher or designated player ... is hitting .391 with 30 RBIs and 29 runs scored ... has walked 39 times, 15 intentional ... has hit four doubles and 11 home runs ... named to the top-25 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) ... hit a solo home run at Stanford (Apr. 10).
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 ... is nicknamed 'Rico' because she is Puerto Rican ... will play softball in Europe this summer.
#3 Dena Tyson: Is redshirting the 2005 season because of a shoulder injury.
More on Tyson: Is the first African-American to receive a full-ride softball scholarship at UW.
#15 Jessica Wilkinson: Has appeared in 22 games ... has scored six runs and stolen three bases ... hit a two-RBI single vs. Simon Fraser (Apr. 5).
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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