Softball Heads South For Six Road Games
May 4, 2005
UP NEXT: The No. 20/22 (USA Today/ESPN.com) Washington softball team (27-16, 7-7 Pac-10) has six games on tap this week with a non-conference double header at Utah Valley State and Pac-10 match-ups at Arizona State and No. 3/3 Arizona. The Huskies will face Utah Valley State on Thursday, May 5 at 2 pm and Arizona State on Friday, May 6 at 7 pm. Washington will complete its halted game against Arizona from April 15 on Saturday, May 7 at 3:30 pm. Arizona leads that game 3-0 in the top of the fifth. Washington will also play the Wildcats at 5 pm on Saturday and the game will air live on ESPN. UW and UA will round out the weekend with a 1 pm game on Sunday, May 8. That game will also air live on ESPN. KKNW 1150 AM will broadcast the Arizona State game and both regularly scheduled Arizona games.
A LOOK BACK: The Huskies went 3-1 last week, notching three wins over top-10 teams. Washington defeated No. 10 UCLA 3-2 and No. 4 Stanford 6-4 before splitting 1-0 contests vs. No. 3 California. Freshman Caitlin Noble held the Bruins to four hits over five innings of relief. Kathy Fiske had a sacrifice fly and Lauren Greer and Dominique Lastrapes each homered in the win. The Huskies used two lead of home runs by Aimee Minor and Kristen Rivera to defeat Stanford 6-4. Rivera's blast tied Jaime Clark for the school record with 73 career home runs. Senior Ashley Boek took the tough 1-0 loss against California, despite holding the Golden Bears to three hits. Cal scored its lone run on a squeeze bunt in the third inning. Noble came back to defeat Cal the next day, throwing a two-hit shutout. Jacki Hansen's two-out single in the second inning scored Sarah Hyatt for the game-winner.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
UTAH VALLEY STATE (13-34-1)
Series vs. UW: First meeting
Notes: The Wolverines are coming off a pair of losses to Utah State, 9-1 and 11-9. The team is led by Rachel Hartgrove with a .404 average and 10 home runs. Amanda Kendzior is hitting at a .355 clip and has hit nine home runs this season. Jackie Roberts headlines the pitching staff with a 3.91 ERA and 8-14 record. She has struck out 82 batters in 127 innings.
ARIZONA STATE (28-19, 3-12 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies lead 39-10
Last meeting: Washington posted two mercy-rule wins over the Sun Devils in Seattle on April 16-17. UW won the games 8-0 and 12-4.Notes: Arizona State snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Pac-10 leader Oregon State. The Sun Devils split a pair of games at Oregon, winning a 2-1, 17-inning contest on Saturday and dropping a 3-0 game on Sunday. The team is led by Heidi Knabe with a .329 average and 46 hits. Mindy Cowles and Sharee Zaleski provide the offensive power for ASU with 10 home runs each. Katie Burkhart (10-11) and Desiree Serrano (12-6) headline the pitching staff with 1.50 and 1.76 ERAs, respectively. Burkhart has struck out 191 batters in 154.1 innings this season and has tossed six shutouts.
No. 3/3 ARIZONA (34-8, 8-6 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: The Wildcats lead 43-15
Last meeting:The Wildcats scored three runs in the first inning against UW on April 15. The game was halted due to rain after the fourth and will resume May 7 at 3:30 pm. Caitlin Noble relieved starter Ashley Boek in the first inning and struck out eight batters in 3.2 innings.
Notes: Arizona went 1-2 last week, suffering a pair of shutouts to Oregon (3-0) and Oregon State (4-0). The Wildcats did defeat Oregon State on Saturday 9-0 in a mercy-rule, five-inning victory. The team is led by Cailtin Lowe who tops the Pac-10 with a .507 average. UA is also receiving strong offensive numbers from Kristie Fox (.375) and Autumn Champion (.371). Fox has nine home runs on the year, while Jackie Coburn has hit eight. Alicia Hollowell boasts a 23-7 record from the circle and has held her opponents to a .141 average. She has a 1.06 ERA and has struck out 329 batters in 198 innings.
RIVERA SETS CAREER HOME RUNS/ SEASON WALKS RECORDS: Senior Kristen Rivera tied two school records last week, including career home runs and single-season walks. With a solo home run against Stanford on April 29, Rivera tied Jaime Clark for the school record with her 73rd career home run. The 73 dingers rank fifth on the Pac-10 all-time list. Rivera drew her 56th walk of the season against Cal on May 1 to tie the school's single-season record with Kim DePaul (2000) and Jenny Topping (2000). Rivera has 168 career walks and needs seven more to tie UW record-holder Jennifer Cline (1993-96) for the most in school history at 175.
FISKE COMES THRU IN PAC-10 PLAY: For the second year in a row, Kathy Fiske has been clutch for Washington in the Pac-10 season. Fiske leads the Huskies with 12 RBIs in Pac-10 play this year. Sarah Hyatt, Aimee Minor and Kristen Rivera are second on the team with seven Pac-10 RBIs. Last year, Fiske led the team with 15 RBIs in Pac-10 play, followed by Hyatt and Rivera with nine each.
NOBLE APPROACHES 200TH STRIKEOUT OF SEASON: Freshman Caitlin Noble has struck out 199 batters in 139 innings this season and is one strikeout away from becoming the sixth UW pitcher to notch 200 K's in a season. Jennifer Spediacci is the only player to strikeout 300 or more batters in a season, fanning 316 batters in 2000. Ashley Boek ranks second on the UW list with 283 strikeouts last season.
BOEK ENTERS PAC-10 TOP-10: Senior Ashley Boek has made 154 career appearances to tie for the No. 10 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list with Arizona's Nicole DiSalvio (1998-2001). She ranks fourth on the UW all-time list behind Tia Bollinger (172, 2001-04), Jamie Graves (168, 1997-00) and Jennifer Spediacci (159, 1997-00).
GREER NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Freshman outfielder Lauren Greer was named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week for April 19-25. She led the Huskies to a 3-1 record last week, including an upset win over No. 10 UCLA on April 23 and a pair of wins over Nevada on April 24. Greer hit the game-winning home run against UCLA on April 23 with a two-run shot to left field. Greer followed up that performance with a 4-for-6 showing against Nevada in a doubleheader. Greer went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and three runs in the opener. She also went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run against Nevada in game two. On the week, Greer led all players with a .667 average, going 8-for-12 from the plate with five runs scored, four RBIs, one double and two home runs.
HUSKIES AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Washington ranks among the nation's best in three statistical categories, including home runs per game, scoring and slugging percentage. The Huskies' 1.44 home runs per game rank fourth nationally, while their 6.16 runs per game rank eighth. UW boasts a .515 slugging percentage which ranks seventh. 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 third and fourth in the country with 1.05 runs per game and 0.70 stolen bases per game. Hyatt ranks 21st with 0.29 home runs per game. Minor ranks 16th and 28th with 0.30 home runs per game and 0.95 RBIs per game. Noble ranks 22nd nationally with 10.0 strikeouts per game. Rivera leads the country with 1.30 walks per game and .989 slugging percentage. She also ranks 3rd with 0.35 home runs per game, 24th with 0.93 runs per game and 41st with a .404 batting average.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 20th in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 152 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 is ranked 22nd in the latest USA Softball/ESPN.com top 25 poll.
RIVERA CLIMBS ALL-TIME PAC-10 CHARTS: Kristen Rivera is climbing the Pac-10 all-time charts in home runs and walks and is about to enter the top-10 list for career runs batted it. Rivera's 73 home runs rank fifth on the Pac-10 chart behind No. 4 Jenny Dalton (76). She ranks seventh on the conference all-time list with 168 career walks and is five walks away from the No. 6 spot held by Leah Braatz (173). Rivera has driven in 220 runs in her career, which ranks fifth on the UW all-time list. She needs five more RBIs to enter the Pac-10 top-10. The No. 10 spot is currently held by former Husky Michelle Church, who drove in 225 runs between 1993-96.
FISKE SETS GRAND SLAM RECORD: With two grand slams this season, senior Kathy Fiske has set a UW career record with five grand slams. The previous record of four grand slams was set by Jenny Topping in 2000. Fiske hit grand slams against Arizona State (Apr. 17) and Nevada (Apr. 24) this season. Both home runs came in the first inning.
HYATT HITS `EM IN: Junior Sarah Hyatt has driven in 38 RBIs this season to bring her career total to 106 RBIs. She surpassed current Husky head coach Heather Tarr who had 104 RBIs from 1994-97. Other current players on the list include Kristen Rivera (fourth- 220) and Kathy Fiske (eighth-135).
MINOR BECOMES MAJOR THREAT: Junior Aimee Minor has belted 13 home runs this season to bring her career total to 21. She ranks eighth on the UW all-time career list and is tied with Kim DePaul. 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. Other current players on the UW top-10 home run list include Kristen Rivera (tied first- 73, Kathy Fiske (fourth- 32) and Sarah Hyatt (fifth- 31).
STEALING EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK: The Huskies have stolen 66 bases in 81 attempts this season to rank second in the Pac-10. Washington had just 39 stolen bases all of last season. Freshman Ashley Charters leads the team and conference with 30 steals in 33 attempts, which ranks eighth on the UW single-season list. The last Husky to steal 30 or more bases in a season was Rosie Leutzinger who picked 35 bags in 39 tries in 1998.
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.
UW USES THE LONG BALL: Washington has smacked 62 home runs this season to lead the Pac-10 and rank fourth nationally. The Dawgs have given up just 18 home runs. Washington is 24-8 when hitting a home run and 3-8 when it does not hit a dinger. The Huskies hit six home runs against Nevada on Apr. 24 in the opening game of a double header to set a school record. Washington has also hit four home runs in the same game three times, including a 17-7 romp of Illinois (Feb. 12), a 14-4 win over Portland State (Mar. 12) and a 14-0 victory over Nevada in the nightcap. UW has hit at least one home run in 30 of 39 games this season and two home runs or more 15 times. UW has hit-back-to-back home runs six 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. Lauren Greer and Callie Bergan went back-to-back against Nevada.
CHARTERS CHEWS UP THE COMPETITION: Freshman Ashley Charters has hit safely in 32 of 42 games this season, including a 13-game hitting streak from Mar. 5 to Apr. 3. She leads the team with 14 multi-hit games and has four multi-RBI games.
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 nine times this season. The Huskies defeated Nevada 22-1 and 14-0 on April 24 and defeated Willamette 18-0 on Feb. 19. UW also beat Illinois 17-7, Portland State 14-4, Arizona State 12-4, Jacksonville 12-0, DePaul 11-6 and IPFW 11-0. 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: Eight of Washington's 16 losses this season have come by one run. The Huskies are 5-8 in one-run ball games, losing to Hawaii 7-6, UCF 1-0, Tennessee 2-1, Northwestern 3-2, California 4-3 and 1-0, Stanford 4-3 and UCLA 4-3. Four 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, a 4-3 win over Oregon to open the Pac-10 season, 2-1 and 3-2 wins vs. UCLA and a 1-0 win over Cal. Dominique Lastrapes hit the game-winning home run vs. Oklahoma State and Aimee Minor hit a three-run home run against Oregon. Lauren Greer had the game-winning home run at UCLA. Jacki Hansen hit the game-winning run in against Cal.
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 265-131 this season and is doing most of its damage early on. The Huskies are out scoring their opponents 78-23 in the first inning and 59-14 in the second inning. Washington's problem innings are the third and sixth. UW is being out scored 22-33 in the third inning and are tied 19-19 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 (80) and fourth in appearances (154) and starts (117). She has 762 career strikeouts to rank second on the UW all-time list behind Jennifer Spediacci (894).
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: The Huskies have pounded 114 extra-base hits this season and have given up just 54. Washington has hit 50 doubles, two triples and 62 home runs compared to its opponent's 33 doubles, three triples and 18 home runs. Eleven different Huskies have hit home runs this season, including every starter. Kristen Rivera leads the team with 15 home runs, while Aimee Minor has hit 13 and Sarah Hyatt has hit 12. Kathy Fiske has belted seven home runs and Callie Bergan, Lauren Greer and Dominique Lastrapes have each hit three. Caitlin Noble, Ashley Charters and Torie Coury each have one.
IN GRAND FASHION: Four Huskies have hit six grand slams this season, including seniors Callie Bergan, Kathy Fiske and Kristen Rivera and junior Aimee Minor. 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. Fiske hit her fourth career grand slam against Arizona State on April 17 and fifth against Nevada on April 24. 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 27-16 career record at Washington and 7-7 record in the Pac-10.
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.
#22 Callie Bergan: Has appeared in 28 games, making 17 starts ... is hitting .216 with 14 RBIs and nine 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 ... went 3-for-4 with a home run against Nevada (Apr. 24) in the first game of a double header ... went two-for three with a double and home run in the nightcap.
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 33 appearances in the circle with a 14-9 record ... has started 23 games and completed 12 with six shutouts ... has struck out 145 batters in 132 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 ... earned a win over Nevada (Apr. 24), scattering three hits over three innings and striking out six ... pitched four innings of relief against Stanford (Apr. 29), holding the Cardinal to one run and two hits over four innings to earn the win ... took the tough 1-0 loss vs. Cal (Apr. 30), despite giving up just three hits in a complete game.
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 43 games, including 42 at shortstop and one at second base ... ranks second on the team with a .375 average ... leads Huskies with 41 hits, 45 runs and 30 stolen bases ... her 30 steals lead the Pac-10 ... had a 13-game hitting streak from Mar. 5-April 3 ... leads UW with 14 multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Long Beach State ... has four multi-RBI games ... has hit safely in 33 of 43 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 ... went 3-for-6 with three runs in a double header vs. Nevada (Apr. 24) ... singled and scored a run in the 3-2 win over UCLA (Apr. 27) ... went 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base in the win over Stanford (Apr. 29).
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 30 games, making 17 starts at third base, one in right field, one at short stop, one at second base and two 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) ... went 2-for-2 in the opening game of a double header vs. Nevada (Apr. 24) ... hit her first career home run in the nightcap and drove in two runs..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 21 games, making one start in right field ... has scored three runs, drawn two walks and made two putouts ... notched first collegiate hit vs. Nevada (Apr. 24).
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 25 games at third base ... is hitting .355 with 30 RBIs and seven 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 ... 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) ... hit her fourth career grand slam vs. Arizona State (Apr. 17), tying Jenny Topping for the UW record ... set the grand slam record with her fifth against Nevada (Apr. 24) ... went 4-for-5 in that game with six RBIs and two home runs ... singled and drove in a run in the 3-2 win over UCLA (Apr. 27) ... went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the 6-4 win against Stanford (Apr. 29).
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 33 starts in the outfield, including 25 in left field and eight in right field ... is hitting .253 with eight RBIs and 13 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) ... went 2-for-3 in back-to-back games vs. UCLA (Apr. 22-23) ... hit the game-winning home run vs. UCLA on Apr. 23 ... went 3-for-4 with two double and three runs in the first game of a double header vs. Nevada (Apr. 24) ... went 1-for-2 with a home run in the nightcap ... earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for April 19-25 after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with five runs scored, four RBIs, one double and two home runs in four games against UCLA and Nevada ... hit another home run against UCLA on Apr. 27 ... went 2-for-3 in the 1-0 upset win over Cal (May 1).
#9 Jacki Hansen: Has started all 43 games in the outfield ... is hitting .235 with 14 RBIs and 21 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 transferring from the school ... went 1-for-3 and scored a run against Stanford on the next day (Apr. 10) ... singled and scored a run in the 8-0 victory over Arizona State (Apr. 17) ... went 4-for-4 in the double header vs. Nevada (Apr. 24) with five RBIs, four runs, a double and home run ... singled a scored a run in the 6-4 win over Stanford (Apr. 29) ... hit in the game winning run vs. Cal (May 1).
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 returned from Iraq in April.
#23 Sarah Hyatt: Has started 41 games, making 38 starts at first base and three at third ... is hitting .263 with 38 RBIs, and 27 runs scored ... has hit 12 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) ... hit a three-run home run vs. Arizona State (Apr. 17) ... hit a home run vs. UCLA (Apr. 22).
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 17 games, making 11 starts at catcher ... is hitting .200 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 41 games at second base, missing two starts due to a concussion suffered at California (Apr. 8) ... is hitting .310 with 35 runs scored and 20 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 collision with short stop Chelsea Spencer ... went 5-for-6 in back-to-back games vs. ASU (Apr. 16-17) with six runs and two RBIs ... hit a two-run home run vs. ASU (Apr. 17) ... went 4-for-8 in the double header vs. Nevada (Apr. 24) with two doubles, four RBIs and five runs ... went 2-for-3 vs. UCLA with a home run (Apr. 27) ... leads team with .412 average in Pac-10 games.
More on Lastrapes: 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 43 games in centerfield ... is hitting .298 with 41 RBIs and 28 runs scored ... has hit five doubles and 13 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 ... went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run vs. Arizona State (Apr. 17) ... went 4-for-7 in a double header vs. Nevada (Apr. 24) with a double, home run, six RBIs and four runs ... homered against Stanford (Apr. 29).
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 31 times with 20 starts, 10 complete games and six shutouts ... has a 13-7 record ... has notched 199 strikeouts in 139 innings ... has nine 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 ... picked up back-to-back win against Arizona State (April 16-17) .. struck out 10 in the 14-0 win over Nevada (Apr. 24) ... held UCLA to two runs on four hits over five innings of relief to earn the 3-2 victory (Apr. 27) ... shutout Cal and held the Golden Bears to just two hits in a seven inning 1-0 complete game (May 1).
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 42 games as either catcher or designated player ... is hitting .404 with 41 RBIs and 40 runs scored ... has walked 56 times (20 intentional) to tie the UW single-season record ... has hit seven doubles and 15 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) ... hit a three-run, game-ending double against Arizona State (Apr. 17) ... went 2-for-4 with a home run vs. UCLA (Apr. 22) .. hit 3-for-4 in the double header at Nevada with two home runs, five RBIs and six runs ... tied the school record for career home runs with her 73 blast vs. Stanford (Apr. 29).
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.
#15 Jessica Wilkinson: Has appeared in 30 games ... has scored eight runs and stolen three bases ... hit a two-RBI single vs. Simon Fraser (Apr. 5) ... went 1-for-3 with a single vs. Nevada (Apr. 24).
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.