Huskies Complete Pac-10 Season This Week

May 11, 2005

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UP NEXT: The No. 21/22 (USA Today/ESPN.com) Washington softball team (29-19, 8-10 Pac-10) concludes the Pac-10 season this week with three games against the Oregon schools. The Huskies face Pac-10 leader Oregon State on Thursday, May 13 at 1 pm, before taking on Oregon on Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 1 pm. Washington is coming off a 2-3 week on the road in which it defeated Utah Valley State and Arizona State and dropped three games to third-ranked Arizona. Thursday and Friday's games will be broadcast live on KKNW 1150 AM.

A LOOK BACK: The Huskies defeated Utah Valley State 6-0 and Arizona State 8-0 in five innings last week before dropping three games to third-ranked Arizona (0-3, 1-9, 3-4). Washington scored 12 runs in the four Pac-10 games all via the long ball. Kathy Fiske and Kristen Rivera hit three-run home runs vs. ASU, while Aimee Minor added a two-run home run. Sarah Hyatt hit her 13th home run of the season against Arizona on Saturday and Fiske and Rivera blasted home runs against the Wildcats on Sunday.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

No. 6/6 OREGON STATE (40-11, 13-5 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: Huskies lead 36-10
Last meeting: Oregon State handed Washington a pair of losses in Corvallis (3-7, 0-9)
Notes: The Beavers defeated California 2-0 last week and split with Stanford (W, 1-0; L, 4-6) to keep a one game lead over the Cardinal in the Pac-10 standings. The team has five players hitting .300 or better including Lisa Allen (.324), Maggie Dewall (.309) and Cambria Miranda (.306). Adrienne Alo leads the team with 13 home runs while Allen has hit 10 out of the park. Brianne McGowan headlines the pitching staff with a 33-6 record and 1.52 ERA. She has thrown 10 shutouts and has struck out 279 batters in 258 innings. McGowan is also tied with Allen for the team lead in RBIs (31).

No. RV/RV Oregon (32-22, 5-13)
Series vs. UW:
The Huskies lead 32-11.
Last meeting: Washington defeated Oregon in Eugene in the Pac-10 opener 4-3 on April 1.
Notes: The Ducks received votes in the polls last week and are just one spot out of the top 25 in each poll. T.J. Eadus boasts a team-high .343 average and 19 RBIs, while Breanne Sabol is hitting .333 with 19 RBIs. Beth Boskovich leads the team with six home runs and 23 RBIs. Amy Harris headlines the pitching staff with a 1.17 ERA and 15-12 record. She has thrown seven shutouts and has struck out 173 batters in 190.2 innings. Alicia Cook has a 1.94 ERA and 10-6 record. She has struck out 93 batters in 104.2 innings.

NCAA SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: The field of 64 teams for the 2005 NCAA Division I Softball Championship will be announced live between 4:30-5 pm Sunday, May 15 on ESPNews (DirecTV channel 207, Dish Network channel 142). The regional pairings and 16 sites will be announced. The Huskies have participated in the NCAA Tournament every year since 1994.

RIVERA NAMED TOP-10 FINALIST FOR USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: The Amateur Softball Association has announced that senior Washington catcher Kristen Rivera is among 10 finalists for the Fourth Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Rivera has made the top-10 list each of the last three years. Also named to the list of finalists are Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott, Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe, Michigan shortstop Jessica Merchant, Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Michigan pitcher Jennie Ritter, Oklahoma catcher Heather Scaglione, Texas A&M pitcher Amanda Scarborough, Fresno State pitcher Jamie Southern and Oklahoma outfielder Kristin Vesely. On May 31 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2005 NCAA Women's College World Series.

MINOR INVITED TO USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION CAMP: Washington junior Aimee Minor is among a list of 32 athletes invited to participate in the 2005 Women's National Team Selection Camp, June 13-17, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Also on the list is former Husky All-American and 2004 USA Olympic Team alternate Jaime Clark. The selection committee will announced the remaining athletes invited to the selection camp on May 18.

RIVERA BREAKS UW HOME RECORD: Senior Kristen Rivera hit her set the UW career record with her 74th home run vs. Utah Valley State Thursday to surpass Jaime Clark (73, 2000-03). She hit another home run vs. Arizona State last Friday and another vs. Arizona on Sunday to bring her season total to 18 and her career total to 76. Rivera ranks fourth on the Pac-10 all-time list behind No. 1 Stacey Nuveman (90, UCLA, 1997-02) and No. 2 Leah Braatz (85, Arizona, 1994-98) and Laura Espinoza (85, Arizona, 1992-95). She is tied with Jenny Dalton (76, Arizona, 1993-96) for the No. 4 spot. She also holds the single-season home run record (25, 2003) and single-game record (3) at Washington.

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