Softball Opens Regional Tournament Friday Vs. Creighton
May 17, 2005
UP NEXT: The Washington softball team (31-20) earned a No. 1 seed at the 2005 NCAA Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskies, who are seeded 16th overall among the 64-team field, will open postseason play against Creighton (44-11) on Friday, May 20 at 5 pm (PST). Joining UW and Creighton at the double-elimination regional are host Nebraska (35-21) and Iowa (48-12). The Huskies, who are 46-20 all-time at the NCAA Tournament, have already played against Nebraska this season. Washington lost to the Huskers 4-1 on March 17 at the Kia Klassic. Washington has faced all three of its regional opponents during its 13-year history and leads Iowa (6-1) and Nebraska (4-3) and is tied with Creighton (1-1) in the all-time series. All of Washington's games will air live on KKNW 1150 AM and will also be available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
UW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Huskies are making their 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Washington has a 46-20 record in those games (33-8 Regionals/ 13-12 CWS) and has advanced to the College World Series seven times, including the last two seasons. UW was national runner-up in 1996 and 1999.
CONSECUTIVE NCAA APPEARANCES: Washington's 12-straight regional appearances ties with Oklahoma for the fourth-longest active string in NCAA softball. Here's a look at the top eight streaks. No. 1. Fresno State (24, 1982-present), No. 2. California* (20, 1986-present), No. 3. Arizona* (19, 1987-present), No. 4-t. Washington* (12, 1994-present), No. 4-t.Oklahoma* (12, 1994-present, No. 6-t. Massachusetts (11, 1995-present), No. 6-t. Michigan* (11, 1995-present), No. 6-t. Nebraska (11, 1995-present)
* indicates 2005 No. 1 seed
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
NO. 2 SEED IOWA HAWKEYES (48-12, 12-6 Big Ten)
Series vs. UW: Huskies lead 6-1
Last meeting: Washington defeated Iowa 8-2 in 2004 at the National Invitational Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif. The Huskies also handed the Hawkeyes a pair of 11-0 losses at the 2003 Regional Tournament in Lincoln.
Notes: Iowa enters the tournament as she No. 2 seed after holding the No. 19 ranking in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. The Hawkeyes received an at-large berth after placing second in the Big Ten Tournament and dropping a 7-2 decision to top-ranked Michigan. Iowa is making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in a row. They are led by Stacy May and Kylie Murray with .353 averages. Emily Nichols provides Iowa's power with a team-leading 16 home runs and 48 RBIs. Mindy Heidgerkan was one of three unanimous first team All-Big Ten selections and has hit 10 doubles and stolen 21 bases in 23 attempts. Lisa Birocci (28-7) and Ali Arnold (20-5) split pitching duties with Birocci throwing 13 shutouts and Arnold tossing nine. Birocci has 263 strikeouts in 246.1 innings, while Arnold has 198 strikeouts in 143.1 innings. The Hawkeyes have blasted 60 home runs this season and have surrendered just 21. They are out scoring their opponents 283 to 107.
NO. 3 SEED: NEBRASKA HUSKERS (35-21, 9-9 Big 12)
Series vs. UW: Huskies lead 4-2.
Last meeting: Nebraska defeated the Huskies 4-1 on Mar. 17 at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif.
Notes: Nebraska enters the regional tournament as the No. 2 seed after holding the No. 24 ranking in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. The Huskers are an at-large selection after finishing seventh in at the Big 12 Tournament. The team is led by Anne Steffan with a .400 average and 32 stolen bases, while Lizzy Rock hits .372 with 17 RBIs. Sheena Lawrick leads the team with 46 RBIs, including six home runs, while Devin Porter has hit seven home runs this season. Ashley DeBurh headlines the three-member pitching staff with a 23-19 record and 1.80 earned run average. DeBurh has thrown six shutouts and has struck out 298 batters in 268.2 innings this season. Nebraska is out scoring its opponents 222-144.
NO. 4 SEED CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS (40-11, 19-8 Missouri Valley)
Series vs. UW: The Huskies and Bluejays are tied 1-1 in the all-time series.
Last meeting: Washington handed Creighton a 5-1 loss at the 2003 NCAA Regional Tournament in Lincoln. Kristen Rivera and Kathy Fiske hits home runs in the game, while Ashley Boek picked up the win.
Notes: Creighton, who received votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll, received an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament after winning its third-straight MVC Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Wichita State. The Blue Jays are making their third consecutive NCAA appearance and ninth overall. Creighton is led by All-American pitcher Tammy Nielsen who set the conference career strikeout record with 898 strikeouts in just three seasons. Her 28-6 record this season ties the school record for victories, while her 76 career wins is a school record. Nielsen was named the MVC tournament MVP for the third time and was the 2004 MVC Pitcher of the Year. Senior Abby Johnson headlines Creighton's offense with a .333 average, six home runs and 40 RBIs. She holds the school's career record with 143 RBIs and is the 2005 MVC Player of the Year. Johnson is also 15-4 in the circle for the Bluejays with a 1.55 ERA. Creighton also receives some offensive pop from Melanie Dorsey who earned first team All-MVC honors as an outfielder after hitting .411 with 23 stolen bases.
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.
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 sixth with 0.63 steals per game and seventh with 1.00 runs per game. Hyatt ranks 27th with 0.28 home runs per game. Minor ranks 16th and 28th with 0.30 home runs per game and 0.95 RBIs per game20th with 0.29 home runs per game. Noble ranks 20th nationally with 10.0 strikeouts per game. Rivera leads the country with 1.23 walks per game and .980 slugging percentage. She also ranks second with 0.38 home runs per game and 15th with 1.02 RBIs per game.
Aimee Minor NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aimee Minor was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for May 9-15 after leading the Huskies with a .714 average against Oregon State and Oregon. Minor, a outfielder from San Jacinto, Calif., went 5-for-7 from the plate with two runs, a triple, a home run and six RBIs as the Huskies defeated Oregon State and split with Oregon. She boasted a 1.429 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage after drawing four walks. Minor went 2-for-3 in Washington's 9-0 upset victory over sixth-ranked Oregon State on May 12. She drove in four runs, hit a triple, stole a base and scored one run. She went 1-for-1 on May 13 vs. Oregon, hitting a single and walking twice. On May 14, Minor 2-for-3 with her 15th home run of the season against Oregon in the Pac-10 finale. She drove in two runs, walked and stole one base.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 21st in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 153 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 BREAKS UW HOME RECORD: Senior Kristen Rivera set the UW career record with her 74th home run vs. Utah Valley State on May 5 to surpass Jaime Clark (73, 2000-03). She has hit three more since then to bring her season total to 19 and her career total to 77. 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 also holds the single-season home run record (25, 2003) and single-game record (3) at Washington.
RIVERA BREAKS SEASON WALKS RECORD: Kristen Rivera has walked 63 times this season to extend her school record. The previous record of 56 walks was set by Kim DePaul (2000) and Jenny Topping (2000). Rivera has been walked intentionally 22 times this season. She has 175 walks in her career to tie Jen Cline (175, 1993-96) for the school record. Rivera holds the UW game record with four walks vs. ASU (4/4/04) and DePaul (3/19/05).
RIVERA CHALLENGES RBI RECORD: Kristen Rivera has driven in 230 career runs to rank second on the UW all-time list and eighth on the Pac-10 all-time list. Rivera is 10 RBIs away from the No. 7 spot on the Pac-10 list held by Arizona's Lety Pineda (240, 1995-98) and 13 away from UW record-holder Jaime Clark (243, 2000-03).
BOEK IS ONE START AWAY: Ashley Boek has made 123 career starts to rank second on the UW all-time list. She is one start away from tying the school record of 124 starts held by Jennifer Spediacci (1997-2000) and Tia Bollinger (2001-04).
BOEK CLIMBS PAC-10 APPEARANCE CHART: Senior Ashley Boek has made 160 career appearances in the circle to rank seventh on the Pac-10 all-time chart. She is three appearances away from the No. 6 spot held by former Oregon State's Amy Warner (163, 1994-97). Boek ranks third on the UW all-time list behind Tia Bollinger (172, 2001-04) and Jamie Graves (168, 1997-00).
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.
BOEK CRACKS TOP FIVE: Ashley Boek has cracked into the UW career top five list in numerous categories this season. Boek ranks second in strikeouts (795) third in appearances (160) and starts (123) and fourth in wins (83), shutouts (26) and complete games (71).
NOBLE GETS 200TH K: Freshman Caitlin Noble has struck out 225 batters this season to rank fifth on the UW single-season all-time chart. She is just the fourth UW player in school history to strikeout 200 or more batters in a single-season. Jennifer Spediacci is the only Husky to strikeout 300 batters in a season, fanning 316 batters in 2000. Ashley Boek ranks second on UW's all-time list with 283 K's last 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.
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.
FISKE COMES THRU IN PAC-10 PLAY: For the second year in a row, Kathy Fiske was clutch for Washington in the Pac-10 season. Fiske led the Huskies with 17 RBIs in Pac-10 play this year. Aimee Minor was second with 15 RBIs and Kristen Rivera had 14.
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 40 RBIs this season to bring her career total to 108 RBIs to rank ninth on the UW list. She surpassed current Husky head coach Heather Tarr who had 104 RBIs from 1994-97. Other current players on the list include Kristen Rivera (second- 230) and Kathy Fiske (eighth-140).
MINOR BECOMES MAJOR THREAT: Junior Aimee Minor has belted 15 home runs to rank ninth on the UW single-season list. She has hit 23 home runs in her career to rank eighth at UW and is four away from the No. 6 spot shared by All-Americans Sara Pickering (27, 1994-97) and Jenny Topping (27, 2000). 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 (first-77), Kathy Fiske (fourth- 34) and Sarah Hyatt (fifth- 32).
IN THE CLUTCH: Junior Aimee Minor ranks second on the team with 49 RBIs with 32 of those coming with two outs. Kristen Rivera ranks second on the team with 16 two out RBIs, while Sarah Hyatt has 13 and Kathy Fiske has 12.
Lauren Greer NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington freshman outfielder Lauren Greer has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week for April 19-25. She led the Huskies to a 3-1 record, including an upset win over No. 10 UCLA on April 23 and a pair of wins over Nevada on April 24. Greer, from Placentia, Calif., 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.
STEALING BASES: The Huskies have stolen 72 bases in 92 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 32 steals in 37 attempts, which ranks seventh 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.
UW USES THE LONG BALL: Washington has smacked 72 home runs this season to lead the Pac-10 and rank fourth nationally. The Dawgs have given up just 19 home runs. Washington is 28-10 when hitting a home run and 3-10 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 38 of 51 games this season and two home runs or more 20 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.
HITTING FOR POWER: The Huskies boast a .506 slugging percentage and are challenging the school record of .511 set in 2000. Washington has the 10th highest slugging percentage in the country.
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.
UW FALLS ON SHORT SIDE OF ONE-RUN GAMES: Nine of Washington's 20 losses this season have come by one run. The Huskies are 5-9 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, UCLA 4-3 and Arizona 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 in 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 299-151 this season and is doing most of its damage early on. The Huskies are out scoring their opponents 85-26 in the first inning and 61-17 in the second inning. Washington's problem inning is the third where it is being out scored 38-27.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: The Huskies have pounded 131 extra-base hits this season and have given up just 61. Washington has hit 55 doubles, four triples and 72 home runs compared to its opponent's 38 doubles, four triples and 19 home runs. Eleven different Huskies have hit home runs this season, including every starter. Kristen Rivera leads the team with 19 home runs, while Aimee Minor has hit 15 and Sarah Hyatt has hit 13. Kathy Fiske has belted nine home runs, Lauren Greer has hit five and Callie Bergan 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 ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, carried 10 Husky softball games during the regular season and will carry all postseason games. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his eighth season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers 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.
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). 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 31-20 career record at Washington and 10-11 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 31 games, making 17 starts ... is hitting .204 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 39 appearances in the circle with a 17-12 record ... has started 29 games and completed 16 with eight shutouts ... has struck out 178 batters in 162.2 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 ... 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 ... held sixth-ranked Oregon State to three hits on May 12 ... picked up her eighth shutout of the season against Oregon (May 14) ... tied career high with 12 strikeouts in that 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 51 games, including 49 at shortstop and one at second base ... leads team with a .382 average, 58 hits, 51 runs and 32 stolen bases ... her 32 steals lead the Pac-10 ... had a 13-game hitting streak from Mar. 5-April 3 ... leads UW with 15 multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Long Beach State ... has five multi-RBI games ... has hit safely in 39 of 51 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) ... went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored vs. Utah Valley State (May 5) ... went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases vs. Oregon (May 13) ... hit a three-run triple vs. Oregon the next day (May 14).
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 31 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 ... scored a run in the 9-0 upset win over Oregon State (May 12)..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 22 games, making one start in right field ... has scored four 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 33 games at third base ... is hitting .316 with 35 RBIs and nine 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) ... hit a three-run home run at Arizona State (May 6) ... hit a solo home run against Arizona (May 8) ... went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI against Oregon State (May 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 49 starts in the outfield ... is hitting .273 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and 22 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) ... hit as home run against Oregon and scored two runs (May 14).
More on Greer: Father, Brian Greer, played professional baseball in the Padres system.
#9 Jacki Hansen: Has started all 51 games in the outfield ... is hitting .214 with 14 RBIs and 22 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) ... went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles against Arizona State (May 6).
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 49 games, making 46 starts at first base and three at third ... is hitting .261 with 40 RBIs, and 28 runs scored ... has hit 13 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) ... went 2-for-3 vs. Utah Valley State (May 5) ... homered against Arizona (May 7) ... went 2-for-3 vs. Arizona the next day.
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 19 games, making 12 starts ... is hitting .182 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 49 games at second base, missing two starts due to a concussion suffered at California (Apr. 8) ... is hitting .316 with 42 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 ... went 2-for-3 and scored two runs vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 finale (May 14).
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 51 games in centerfield ... is hitting .311 with 49 RBIs and 31 runs scored ... has hit six doubles, a triple and 15 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) ... hit a solo home run vs. Arizona State (May 6) ... invited to the USA National Team camp ... went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the upset win over sixth-ranked Oregon State (May 12) ... went 2-for-3 against Oregon with a home run and two RBIs (May 14) ... Pac-10 Player of the Week for May 9-15 with .714 average, triple, home run, 1.429 slugging percentage and .800 on-base percentage against Oregon State and Oregon.
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 35 times with 22 starts, 12 complete games and seven shutouts ... has a 14-8 record ... has notched 225 strikeouts in 157.2 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) ... hit two singles vs. Arizona (May 7) ... took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Oregon (May 13) with eight strikeouts.
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 50 games as either catcher or designated player ... is hitting .373 with 51 RBIs and 46 runs scored ... has walked 63 times (22 intentional) to set the UW single-season record ... holds the UW career record with 77 home runs, which ranks fourth on the Pac-10 all-time list ... ranks on the UW career list with 230 RBIs ... has hit seven doubles and 19 home runs ... a top-10 finalist 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) ... set the record vs. Utah Valley State with her 74th home run (May 5) ... hit a three-run home run vs. Arizona State (May 6) ... homered vs. Arizona (May 8) ... hit a two-run home run vs. Oregon State (May 12.
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 in Austria with Ashley Boek ...was drafted by the Texas Thunder NPF.
#15 Jessica Wilkinson: Has appeared in 34 games ... has scored nine runs and stolen five 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.
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