Huskies To Face Michigan In Super Regional Best-Of-Three Series
May 24, 2005
UP NEXT: The Washington softball team (34-20) won the No. 16 Regional Championship in Lincoln Nebraska last week with a 2-0 victory over Iowa to advance to the NCAA Super Regional. Washington is the 16th seed overall and will face No. 1 Michigan (58-4) in a best-of-three series in Ann Arbor. The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., June 2-8. Washington has played in seven College World Series', including the last two and has won its last 11 regional games dating back to 2002. The Huskies are 49-20 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and are 36-8 in the regional tournament. Washington leads Michigan 5-4 in the all-time series, including a 5-3 decision at the 2003 NFCA Classic. The Super Regional games will air live on KKNW 1150 AM and will be available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com. Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch. The games will also be televised live by CSTV.
CSTV TO TELEVISE SUPER REGIONAL: College Sports Television has chosen the Washington-Michigan softball Super Regional as one of four to be nationally televised. The Huskies won their eighth regional championship last Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Iowa and will face top-ranked Michigan in the best-of-three series. Game one of the series will be Friday, May 27 at 4 pm (PST), while game two will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 11 am. If a third game is necessary, it will begin on Saturday at 2 pm. This will be Washington's fifth television appearance of the season and its first on CSTV. The Huskies had two televised games on FSN and two on ESPN. Carter Blackburn will call play-by-play and Ann Schatz will provide color commentary, while Jenny Caver will be the sideline reporter.
HUSKIES WIN EIGHTH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Huskies went 3-0 last weekend at the Lincoln Regional to capture their eighth Regional Championship. Washington defeated Creighton 2-1 in 11 innings in the opener, Nebraska 7-6 in the semifinal and Iowa 2-0 in the championship to advance to the Super Regional in Ann Arbor. Washington has won its last 11 regional games in a row, dating back to the 2002 season when UW lost to Ohio State in Ann Arbor.
UW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Huskies are making their 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Washington has a 49-20 record in those games (36-8 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.
1. Fresno State 24 1982-present 2. California*^ 20 1986-present 3. Arizona*^ 19 1987-present 4. Washington*^ 12 1994-present Oklahoma*^ 12 1994-present 6. Massachusetts 11 1995-present Michigan*^ 11 1995-present Nebraska 11 1995-present
* indicates 2005 No. 1 seed ^ indicates 2005 Super Regional participant
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
NO. 1 MICHIGAN (58-4, 15-2 Big TEN)
Series vs. UW: Huskies lead 5-4
Last meeting: Washington defeated Michigan 5-3 at the 2003 NFCA Classic in Columbus, Ga. Kathy Fiske went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Sarah Hyatt had two hits. Ashley Boek earned the win, scattering three hits over five innings with five strikeouts.
Notes: Michigan is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the No. 1 ranked team in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Top 25 polls. The Wolverines won the Big Ten Conference title for the seventh time and swept their regional opponents in Ann Arbor last week. The team boast a .327 average and has four players hitting above .350. Jessica Merchant leads all hitters with a .395 average and has 35 extra-base hits, including 21 home runs. Tiffany Haas has a .384 average and leads the team with 16 doubles. Nicole Motycka is hitting .369 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs and Samantha Indlay is hitting .366 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs. The Wolverine pitching staff maintains a 0.90 earned run average and is led by Jennie Ritter (31-1) and Lorilyn Wilson (22-2). Ritter has a 0.90 ERA, 14 shutouts and 331 strikeouts in 218.2 innings. Wilson has a 0.92 ERA with nine shutouts and 183 strikeouts in 136.1 innings.
BOEK NAMED MVP OF REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Senior Ashley Boek was named the Most Valuable Player of the Regional Tournament after leading the Huskies to their third straight NCAA Regional Championship. Boek tallied all three of Washington's victories in Lincoln and struck out 32 batters in 23.1 innings. She held her opponents to a .130 average and just 10 hits and two earned runs. Also named to the all-tournament team were Sarah Hyatt, Dominique Lastrapes and Aimee Minor. Lastrapes led all players with a .667 average (8-for-12), including two doubles. Hyatt hit .455 (5-for-11) with two home runs and four RBIs, while Minor also had two home runs and four RBIs.
RIVERA NAMED CO-PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kristen Rivera is the Pacific-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and shares the award with Arizona's Caitlin Lowe. This is the second year in a row Rivera has won the award. A three-time All-American catcher, she leads the nation in slugging percentage (.955) and walks (1.24 per game) and ranks second in home runs (.37 per game). Rivera holds the UW career home run record with 77 blasts, which rank fourth on the Pac-10 all-time list. She also holds the single-season (25-2003) and single-game (3) home run records.
HYATT, LASTRAPES, RIVERA NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM: Three Washington Huskies were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region softball teams, including first team selection Kristen Rivera and second team selections Sarah Hyatt and Dominique Lastrapes. This is Rivera's fourth all-region honor, Lastrapes' second and Hyatt's first. All three players are now eligible for the All-America award. Rivera is a three-time All-American and Lastrapes earned All-America accolades last season. Washington has never had a four-time All-American.
SEVEN EARN PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Seven Huskies earned Pacific-10 All-Conference honors including first team selection Kristen Rivera and second team members Ashley Charters and Kathy Fiske. Lauren Greer, Sarah Hyatt, Dominique Lastrapes and Aimee Minor were honorable mention picks.
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' 1.41 home runs per game rank fourth nationally, while their 5.86 runs per game rank eighth. UW boasts a .506 slugging percentage which ranks 10th nationwide. Four Washington players are also listed on the national ranking summary, including Ashley Charters, Aimee Minor, Caitlin Noble and Kristen Rivera. Charters ranks sixth in the country with 0.63 steals per game and her 1.00 runs per game average ranks fifth. Minor's 0.29 home runs per game rank 18th, while Noble ranks 18th nationally with 10.0 strikeouts per game. Rivera leads the country with 1.24 walks per game and .955 slugging percentage. She also ranks second with 0.37 home runs per game her 1.00 RBI per game ranks 16th.
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 21st 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 WALKS RECORD: Kristen Rivera holds game, season and career walks records at UW. She has walked 66 times this season to surpass the previous record of 56 set by Kim DePaul (2000) and Jenny Topping (2000). Rivera has 178 career walks to break the previous record of 175 set by Jen Cline (1993-96). She also 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).
DYNAMIC DUO: Ashley Boek (210) and Caitlin Noble (227) are the first pitching duo in Washington history to amass 200 strikeouts each in a single season. Boek is only the second UW pitcher to tally 200 strikeouts in more than one season (283, 2004). Jennifer Spediacci did it three times. Boek and Noble have combined for 437 strikeouts this year in 345.1 innings (54 games) for the second-most strikeouts in UW history. The 2000 pitching staff struck out 517 batters over 478.2 innings (71 games).
BOEK SETS CAREER STARTS RECORD: Ashley Boek made her 125th career start vs. Iowa in the Regional Championship game to set a UW career record. The previous record of 124 games was held by Jennifer Spediacci (1997-2000) and Tia Bollinger (2001-04).
BOEK CLIMBS PAC-10 APPEARANCE CHART: Senior Ashley Boek has made 163 career appearances in the circle to tie former Oregon State player Amy Warner (163, 1994-97) for the No. 6 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list. 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 SETS POSTSEASON RECORDS: Ashley Boek tossed a complete 11-inning game vs. Creighton in the regional tournament opener, while striking out 18 batters. The 11 innings pitched and 18 strikeouts are Washington postseason single-game records. The 18 K's also tie the UW single-game record for an extra-inning game.
BOEK CRACKS TOP FIVE: Ashley Boek has cracked into the UW career top five list in numerous categories this season. Boek holds the record for career starts (125), ranks second in strikeouts (827), third in appearances (163) and shutouts (27) and fourth in wins (86) and complete games (73).
NOBLE GETS 200TH K: Freshman Caitlin Noble has struck out 227 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 and has struck out 210 batters this year.
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 and Ashley Boek in last week's 11 inning game vs. Creighton (May 20).
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, while Aimee Minor had 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 44 RBIs this season to bring her career total to 112 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).
HYATT ENTERS HOME RUN TOP 10: Sarah Hyatt has belted 15 home runs this season to rank 10th on the UW single-season list. She has 34 career home runs to tie Kathy Fiske for the No. 4 spot on the UW all-time chart. Jen Cline ranks third on the Washington list with 43 home runs between 1993-96. Other current Huskies on that list include Kristen Rivera (first- 25, 2003; fourth- 19, 2005; sixth- 17, 2004; ninth- 16, 2002) and Aimee Minor (sixth- 17, 2005).
MINOR BECOMES MAJOR THREAT: Junior Aimee Minor has belted 17 home runs to rank sixth on the UW single-season list. She has hit 25 home runs in her career to rank eighth at UW and is two 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 three times this season. She hit two homers vs. Ohio State on Feb. 26 at the Palm Springs Classic, two against Portland Sate in the first game of a double header on March 12 and two against Nebraska at the regional tournament (May 21). Other current players on the UW top-10 home run list include Kristen Rivera (first-77), Kathy Fiske (fourth- 34) and Sarah Hyatt (fourth-34).
IN THE CLUTCH: Junior Aimee Minor leads the team with 53 RBIs and 32 of those have come with two outs. Kristen Rivera ranks second on the team with 16 two out RBIs, while Sarah Hyatt has 14 and Kathy Fiske has 12.
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.
Lauren Greer NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington 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, 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 76 home runs this season to lead the Pac-10 and rank fourth nationally. The Dawgs have given up just 19 home runs. Washington is 29-10 when hitting a home run and 5-10 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 four times, including a 17-7 romp of Illinois (Feb. 12), a 14-4 win over Portland State (Mar. 12), a 14-0 victory over Nevada in the nightcap and a 7-6 win over Nebraska in the regional tournament. UW has hit at least one home run in 39 of 54 games this season and two home runs or more 21 times. UW has hit-back-to-back home runs eight times this season. Sarah Hyatt and Aimee Minor have gone back-to-back four times and did it twice in the regional game vs. Nebraska. 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 .502 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 7-9 in one-run games but are 2-0 in the postseason in one-run ballgames.
EXTRA-INNINGS MEAN EXTRA RUNS: The Huskies have played three extra-inning games this season and have won all three. UW is out scoring its opponents 8-0 during extra-innings and junior Aimee Minor hit an extra-inning home run in the eighth inning of two of the games. 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. Sarah Hyatt had the game-tying hit vs. Creighton at the regional tournament and Caitlin Noble had the game-winner in the 11th inning.
SCORE EARLY, SCORE OFTEN: Washington is out scoring its opponents 310-158 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 64-20 in the second inning. Washington's problem inning is the third where it is being out scored 39-27.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: The Huskies have pounded 140 extra-base hits this season and have given up just 62. Washington has hit 60 doubles, four triples and 76 home runs compared to its opponent's 39 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 17 and Sarah Hyatt has 15. Kathy Fiske has belted nine home runs, Lauren Greer has five and Callie Bergan and Dominique Lastrapes have three apice. Caitlin Noble, Ashley Charters and Torie Coury have each hit 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. Fiske holds the UW career record with five grand slams.
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 34-20 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 32 games, making 17 starts ... is hitting .200 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 the 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 42 appearances in the circle with a 20-12 record ... has started 31 games and completed 18 with nine shutouts ... has struck out 210 batters in 186.0 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 then-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) ... had 12 strikeouts in that game ... tallied all three wins at the NCAA Regional to earn MVP honors ... threw an 11 inning complete game vs. Creighton (May 20) in the NCAA Regional first round, striking out 18 to tie the UW record ... earned the win over Nebraska (May 21), pitching 5.1 innings of relief ... threw a one-hit shutout against Iowa in the regional championship with 10 strikeouts ... set the UW postseason records for most strikeouts in a game (18) and innings pitched in a game (11) vs. Creighton ... holds the UW career record with 125 starts ... just the second pitcher in UW history to strikeout 800 batters.
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: Pac-10 All-Conference second team ... has started all 54 games, including 53 at shortstop and one at second base ... leads team with a .376 average, 62 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 17 multi-hit games and had three hits in games vs. Long Beach State (Mar. 6), Utah Valley State (May 5), Oregon (May 13) and Nebraska (May 21) ... has five multi-RBI games ... has hit safely in 41 of 54 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) ... went 3-for-5 vs. Nebraska at the regional tournament (May 21) with a double and RBI.
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 33 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: Pac-10 All-Conference second team ... has started 36 games at third base ... is hitting .295 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 a 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) ... hit doubles in regional games vs. Nebraska (May 21) and Iowa (May 22).
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: Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention ... has made 52 starts in the outfield ... is hitting .257 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 doubles 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 a 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 54 games in the outfield ... is hitting .203 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 and 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) ... walked twice and scored a run in the regional game vs. Nebraska (May 21).
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: All-Pacific Region second team ... Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention ... has started 52 games, making 49 starts at first base and three at third ... is hitting .276 with 44 RBIs, and 31 runs scored ... has hit 15 home runs to rank 10th in the UW all-time single-season chart ... 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 ... hit in the game-tying run vs. Creighton in the bottom of the 11th inning (May 20) ... hit back-to-back home runs vs. Nebraska (May 21), including the game-winner ... drove in the game-winning run vs. Iowa in the regional championship (May 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 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: All-Pacific Region second team ... Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention ... has started 52 games at second base, missing two starts due to a concussion suffered at California (Apr. 8) ... is hitting .341 with 42 runs scored and 21 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 in the 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) ... named to the regional all-tournament team after leading the Huskies with a .667 (8-for-12) average in Lincoln ... broke up a no-hitter vs. Creighton in the sixth inning with a double ... went 3-for-5 vs. Nebraska (May 21) ... went 4-for-4 vs. Iowa in the regional championship (May 22).
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: Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention ... invited to the USA National Team camp ... has started all 54 games in centerfield ... is hitting .306 with 53 RBIs and 34 runs scored ... has hit six doubles, a triple and 17 home runs ... her 17 home runs tie for sixth on the UW single-season list ... 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 a 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) ... 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 ... scored the game-winning run vs. Creighton at the regional tournament (May 20) ... hit back-to-back home runs vs. Nebraska (May 21), including a three-run shot in the sixth inning to tie the game 6-6 ... named to the regional all-tournament team for the third year in a row.
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 36 times with 23 starts, 12 complete games and seven shutouts ... has a 14-8 record ... has notched 227 strikeouts in 159.1 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 wins 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 ... hit in the game-winning run vs. Creighton in the bottom of the 11th inning in the regional opener (May 20) ... also singled in the regional semifinal and final to extend her hitting streak to seven games.
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: Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year ... Pac-10 All-Conference first team ... All-Pacific Region first team ... has started 53 games at catcher or designated player ... is hitting .358 with 51 RBIs and 46 runs scored ... has walked 65 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 a 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) ... scored the game-tying run against Creighton in the 11th inning at the regional tournament ... singled in the regional semifinal and final games.
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 37 games ... has scored 10 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) ... scored the game-winning run vs. Iowa in the regional championship game (May 22).
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 ... will graduate this year.
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