#12 Softball Looks To End Pac-10 Losing Skid At Oregon, Oregon State

April 18, 2001

SEATTLE - The Long And Short Of It: After two, five-inning games against Portland State (both UW wins), the 12th-ranked Washington softball team played the longest game in program history, falling in 14 innings to top-ranked UCLA, 5-4. The Huskies then were shutout for just the second time this season on Sunday, as the Bruins won 4-0.

The Marathon: Washington's 14-inning, four-hour game at UCLA on April 13, was the longest game in the program's history by two innings.

The previous longest game, in terms of number of innings, came in 1999, when the Huskies also fell 5-4 in 12 innings to Southwest Louisiana at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif.

In the program's nine-year history, the Huskies have played 10 games of 10 innings or more, which includes another one this season, a 7-4 win in 10 innings over Georgia at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational.

A Change of Radio Plans: Due to delays in construction of Oregon State's new softball stadium, the two games scheduled to air from Corvallis, Ore., on KSRB 1150-AM have been canceled. Make-up dates for the pair of games, if available, have yet to be determined.

UW is one of the few softball programs in the nation with regular-season games broadcast by a local radio station. This year's schedule continues May 5-6, when the Huskies take on Pac-10 Conference foe Oregon in Seattle.

Mike Brown will handle play-by-play duties for the fourth- straight season, while John Cowley will provide color commentary. Each game's broadcast will begin and end with a 15-minute pre- and post-game show, featuring interviews with UW players and coaches. To listen to live audio broadcasts on the web, go to www.1150ksrb.com.

Wearing the Red-White-Blue: Washington softball players Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas), Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), are among 51 softball players invited to attend the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, May 30 - June 3, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced April 11.

DePaul, Hauxhurst and Clark will have the opportunity to attend the camp at the ARCO Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from which USA Softball will select two, 16-player teams, which will first compete in the USA Softball Shootout - a four-city West Coast tour. The teams will then represent the United States in international competitions such as the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, the Canada Cup in Vancouver and the Pan Am Qualifier in Venezuela.

The trio can join Washington head coach Teresa Wilson, who was one of 12 coaches to be named to the USA Softball Women's National Team Coaches Pool.

Doing the Defensive Shuffle: With 43 games completed in its 2001 campaign, just two Washington players, seniors Kelly Hauxhurst and Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.), have started in the same defensive position in all 43 games. Freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) has shown off her versatility by starting at four different positions.

The following is a position-by-position breakdown of the Husky starting defensive line-up.

Position Player (Number of Games Started)
Pitcher - Tia Bollinger (23), Shannon Walsh (20)
Catcher - Amy Hanson (35), Kim DePaul (8)
First Base - Traci Tawney (19), Amanda Oleson (18), Jaime Clark (3), Callie Bergan (2), Shawna Norris (1)
Second Base - Christie Rosenblad (43)
Third Base - Kim DePaul (35), Amanda Oleson (8)
Shortstop - Jaime Clark (36), Amanda Oleson (7)
Left Field - Kelly Hauxhurst (43)
Center Field - Rita Roach (41), Becky Simpson (2)
Right Field - Becky Simpson (19), Amanda Oleson (10), Shawna Norris (6), Traci Tawney (5), Jaime Clark (3)
D.Player - Shannon Walsh (3), Becky Simpson (11), Courtney Jeffries (11), Shawna Norris (2)

Ranking Among The Best: In the second set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on April 12, the Huskies are once again among the top 10 teams in the Pacific Region. Six of the seven other Pac-10 teams, not including Oregon, appear in the rankings, while Washington has also played two of the three other teams - New Mexico and Utah.

Unlike previous seasons, the first two regional rankings have been listed in alphabetical order and not ranked from top to bottom. The bi-weekly rankings are used as a part of the championship tournament selection process and consist of six regions with 10 teams apiece. See page two for the regional rankings.

Best Of The Best: Just how tough is the Pac-10 Conference again this season? One can just look at the conference's combined 277-84-2 (.764) or maybe the fact that four teams occupy the top four spots in the latest national poll.

Last year, the Pac-10 sent all eight teams to the NCAA regionals for the second consecutive season.

Over-The-Fence Club: Five Huskies hit six home runs in the team's pair of five-inning victories over Portland State last week, bringing the season total to 35 so far in 2001. Freshman Amanda Oleson joined the over-the-fence club with a pair of two-run shots in each game of the doubleheader with the Vikings.

Sophomore Jaime Clark slammed the first home run of the day with a towering shot to left field to also drive in two of her teammates, while freshman Tia Bollinger and senior Christie Rosenblad each went yard versus the Vikings. Senior Kim DePaul capped the day by belting a solo home run to lead-off the bottom of the fifth inning off the scoreboard in center field.

For the season, 10 different players have tallied at least one home run with Clark leading the charge with nine.

Freshman Record Watch: UW freshman hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) has set three Husky freshman pitching marks this season and continues to eye the team's single-season record book. Bollinger, most recently, passed former standout Stephanie Burns for most strikeouts by a true freshman pitcher, tallying 175 so far in 2001.

Bollinger also has already set freshman records for most wins (24) and most solo shutouts (10). The right-hander was the first pitcher in the nation to reach the 23-win mark this season, and is currently second in the NCAA stats for wins behind Texas Tech's Amanda Renfro, who has 25 victories.

UW True Freshman Season Pitching Records
Wins - 24 by Tia Bollinger in 2001
(Previous - 21 by Stephanie Burns (1993), Jamie Graves (1997))
Solo Shutouts - 10 by Tia Bollinger in 2001
(Previous 6 by Stephanie Burns (1993) and Jamie Graves (1997))
Strikeouts - 175 by Tia Bollinger in 2001
(Previous 154 by Stephanie Burns in 1993

Streaking Away: So far this season, three Husky players have had hitting streaks of 10 games or more. Freshmen utility player Amanda Oleson had the team's longest streak of 15 games (February 11 -March 3), while classmate Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) also had an 11-game hitting streak from February 17 to March 2.

After going 0-for-2 at the plate in the season-opener with Louisiana State, UW outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) had at least one hit in her next 13 games before a two-game drought against Michigan State and South Carolina. Hauxhurst, however, recovered to log another seven-game streak, which ended versus over Texas (March 11). For the season the senior co-captain has reached base at least once in 40 of 43 games.

Longest Husky Hitting Streaks
Gms Player Dates AB-R-H-RBI-Avg.
21 Rosie Leutzinger 3/4-4/8/00 81-18-32-5-.395
15 Amanda Oleson 2/11-3/2/01 55-7-24-10-.436
15 Kelly Hauxhurst 2/12-2/26/00 52-14-17-7-.327
15 Michelle Church 3/3-3/23/96 50-10-31-23-.620
14 Christie Rosenblad 2/18-3/5/00 40-10-19-3-.475
14 Shelley Brown 4/4-4/26/97 48-17-24-2-.500
14 Sara Pickering 2/16-3/2/96 40-13-18-17-.450
13 Kelly Hauxhurst 2/9-2/23/01 45-11-21-10-.467

Scouting the Oregon Ducks (25-26, 1-7 Pac-10): As the only Pac-10 team not ranked in the top 25, the Oregon Ducks have dropped 12 of their last 20 games, including seven of eight conference games.

Under head coach Rick Gamez, the Ducks are led by junior Lisa Wangler, who is hitting a team-best .390 with 69 hits and 13 stolen bases. First baseman Triawn Custer (8 HR, 30 RBI) and outfielder Andrea Vidlund (19 RBI, 7 HR) also have the power to hit the ball deep, while four pitchers, led by junior Connie McMurren (8-13, 4.03 ERA), have seen time in the circle.

The Huskies have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools including a 3-0 effort last season.

Scouting the Oregon State Beavers (33-15-1, 2-4 Pac-10): After dropping its first four Pac-10 games, Oregon State got back on track last weekend with a sweep of in-state rival Oregon.Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers, who had a 10-game win streak earlier this season, blanked Portland State on Monday 3-0.

Offensively, junior outfielder Michelle Chariton is first in batting average with a .303 mark, while Shawna Feldt (.298, 24 RBI) and Clare Burnum (.296, 10 doubles) are both hitting over .290. Junior Crystal Draper and freshman Monica Hoffman have shared most of the pitching time this season, as Draper will bring a 1.21 ERA and a 19-8 record into this weekend's games.

After Washington opened the two schools' all-time series with a 17-game win streak, Oregon State has since earned three wins in the last two years all by one run.

Scouting the Portland State Vikings (15-19): The Huskies and Vikings face for the second time this season as Washington will play its fourth and final non-conference doubleheader in Portland on Tuesday.

Under 25th-year head coach Teri Mariani, Portland State is led by senior outfielder Kiauna Anderson, who is hitting a team-best .361 with four home runs, 12 doubles and 15 runs scored. In the circle, sophomore pitchers Morgan Seibert (12-13, 2.71 ERA) and Nichole Ivie (5-9, 3.40 ERA) have split starting and relieving duties for the Vikings.

Washington has never lost to Portland State, logging a perfect 19-0 record in the all-time series, which dates back to the UW's inaugural season in 1993.

A year ago, the Huskies claimed both doubleheaders, combining for a 31-5 run advantage, while the UW won both meetings on April 11 (9-0, 8-0).

More TV time: The 14th-ranked Washington softball team, a five-time College World Series participant, will have three home games televised by FOX Sports in 2001.

FOX Sports Northwest plans to air its second game when the Huskies face the Stanford Cardinal on April 27. The UW-Stanford game will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis and will be shown the same day at 7:30 p.m.

Washington's May 5, game with Pac-10 foe Oregon has been scheduled to air live on FOX Sports Net at 2 p.m. (PT). The Huskies' game with the Ducks is one of three Pac-10 games set for FOX Sports Net with the other two being the April 7, game between Arizona and UCLA and the April 14, game with Stanford and California.

Wilson Named To Coaches Pool: University of Washington head softball coach Teresa Wilson is one of 12 coaches to be named to the USA Softball Women's National Team Coaches Pool, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced Tuesday.

Wilson, who has directed the Huskies to five straight College World Series appearances, will travel to the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, May 30-June 3 in Chula Vista, Calif. As a member of the coaches pool, she will be eligible for selection to such important coaching assignments as the 2001 U.S. Cup in Hawaii, 2001 Canada Cup in Vancouver, the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship in Canada, the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Pickering Update (April 11): Former Washington standout Sara Pickering (1994-97), who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease last March, has had a relapse. Pickering, now an assistant softball coach at Stanford under former UW assistant John Rittman, recently underwent a Stem Cell Transplant in mid-March.

In support of Pickering, the Washington softball team will give supporters a chance to send their well wishes by signing a special banner on April 27, when the Huskies play host to the Cardinal at 2 p.m., at Husky Stadium.

Dear Diary: Wonder what goes on behind the scenes and in the minds of Husky softball players and coaches? You will have two opportunities for the second year in a row to read a more personal account of Washington softball. Head coach Teresa Wilson will post bi-monthly diary submissions to the cnn-si.com site, while one Husky player per week will write about the team's fortunes on and off the field on the school's official site, www. gohuskies.com.

Head Coach Teresa Wilson: Teresa Wilson wasted no time in building a perennial contender for the NCAA Championship at the University of Washington. In eight years, Wilson has led the Huskies to five straight trips to the College World Series, including appearances in the championship game in 1996 and 1999. UW has earned seven straight berths in the NCAA tournament, a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll, and two Pac-10 titles.

As the only head coach in Husky history, Wilson has led the Huskies to a 426-157 record, accruing an incredible .730 winning percentage. All totaled, Wilson's players have earned 19 All-America certificates, 58 mentions on all-Pac-10 squads, and 44 all-conference academic honors.

A fierce competitor, Wilson, a native of Pickering, Mo., was an All-American pitcher at the University of Missouri from 1980-83. Her 14-year career coaching record of 630-318 (.665) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota, and ranks her 21st among the most winningest active coaches in division I softball.

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