#12 Softball Finishes Regular Season Home Schedule With Three Pac-10 Games

May 2, 2001

SEATTLE - Last Week:
4/24 at Portland St. W, 6-0, W, 12-0 (5)
4/27 #3 Stanford* (FOX NW) W, 3-2
4/28 #4 California* W, 5-1
4/29 #4 California* L, 3-6

This Week:
5/2 #2 UCLA* 2 p.m.
5/4 #14 Oregon State* 2 p.m.
5/5 Oregon* (FOX, KSRB) 2 p.m.
5/6 Oregon* (KSRB) 1 p.m.

The Home Stretch: The 12th-ranked Huskies will complete their seven-game home stand with four Pac-10 Conference games this week, beginning with second-ranked UCLA, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Washington will then play host to Oregon State (Friday) and Oregon (Saturday, Sunday) in the team's last regular season home games of the 2001 season.

Two Against One: Although it took a little longer to complete the team's three Pac-10 games last weekend, the Huskies came out with two victories in three tries, including a 3-2 win over third-ranked Stanford and a 5-1 victory over fourth-ranked California.

The UW-Cal game Sunday, originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, did not start until 4:35 p.m. because of poor weather conditions. The two teams then took the field for two and two-thirds innings before the game was halted with the Huskies leading 2-1. A day later, California erased the deficit with six runs in the third inning, winning 6-3.

Clark Does The Double: On the heels of her impressive performances in the team's four games last week, UW sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) has been named the national and Pac-10 Player of the Week.

Clark led the Huskies to a 4-0 mark, including wins over third-ranked Stanford and fourth-ranked California. In that span, the Huskies' starting shortstop hit .615 (8-for-13) with two home runs, three doubles, four runs scored and seven RBI for a .643 on-base percentage and a 1.308 slugging percentage. In addition to her offense, she also showed her defensive prowess by going perfect in the field in 13 chances.

Clark received both honors last year, hitting .706 at the Red Desert Classic to earn the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week award on March 1, after she was named conference player of the week on February 15, 2000.

Clark becomes the first player in Washington softball history to earn the national player-of-the-week award twice and joins senior second baseman Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) as the second Husky to be named Pac-10 Player of the Week in 2001.

More Radio Time: KSRB-1150 AM, in association with Pioneer Radio and Sports, Inc., has announced that it will broadcast two additional Washington softball games this Wednesday, May 2, versus UCLA and this Friday, May 4, against Oregon State. The two games, each slated to begin at 2 p.m., replace the pair of dates at Oregon State which were canceled due to construction at the Beavers' new stadium.

UW is one of the few softball programs in the nation with regular-season games broadcast by a local radio station. 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.

2001 Washington Huskies Softball
Radio Broadcast Schedule - KSRB, 1150-AM
(Times listed indicate start of the 15-minute pre-game show)

Wednesday, May 2, vs. UCLA, 1:45 p.m.
Friday, May 4, vs. Oregon State, 1:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, vs. Oregon, 1:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, vs. Oregon, 12:45 p.m.

It's Tourney Time... Almost: After playing their final three regular season games in Arizona next weekend, the Huskies will find out their fate for the NCAA tournament on Sunday, May 13, when the division I selection show airs at 5:30 p.m. PDT. The selection show is slated to air live on Fox Sports Net West 2, Fox Sports Net Arizona and Fox Sports Net Northwest with the use of a DSS dish.

SLAMming The Door Shut: With her game-winning grand slam against California Saturday, senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) now has three career grand slams to her credit, just one behind school record-holder Jenny Topping, who hit four in 2000.

DePaul's grand slam is Washington's first of the year and 11th in program history. The Huskies hit an unbelievable seven grand slams in 2000.

Kelly's Killin' Them: Washington outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst has been out to prove from day one that her senior year will be her best, leading the Huskies in several offensive categories through most of the season.

A team co-captain, Hauxhurst moved into the national rankings for batting average this week, entering at the number 45 slot with a .388 average, more than 85 points higher than her previous career mark of .301. She also is first on the team in runs scored (40), hits (59) and on-base percentage (.457), while tallying a 13-game hit streak in 2001. Overall, Hauxhurst has reached base in 47 of 51 games, tallying at least one hit in 41 games.

Hauxhurst has kept up with her clutch play that has landed her on the NCAA regional all-tournament three straight times, leading the Huskies in batting average with runners on base, with the bases loaded and with runners in scoring position.

More National Rankings: In addition to Hauxhurst, two other Washington players also are listed in this week's NCAA statistics. Sophomore Jaime Clark is 25th in RBI per game with a 0.84 mark, while freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) is 24th in ERA (0.91) and is tied for third in wins (29), just one behind Melissa Coronado (La.-Lafayette) and Kristi Hanks (Iowa).

Keeping Tabs On Tia: After setting three UW true freshman pitching records, Tia Bollinger has already started to make her mark in the overall season record book. Below is a breakdown of pitching categories in which Bollinger has entered the top five all-time.

1. 34 Jennifer Spediacci (2000)
2. 29 Tia Bollinger (2001)

1. 16 Jennifer Spediacci (2000)
2. 12 Eve Gaw (1995)
3. 11 Tia Bollinger (2001)
11 Spediacci (1999), Burns (1995)

Innings Pitched
1. 254.1 Stephanie Burns (1993)
2. 241.1 Jennifer Spediacci (2000)
3. 230.1 Stephanie Burns (1994)
4. 226.1 Jennifer Spediacci (1999)
5. 224.0 Tia Bollinger (2001)

1. 316 Jennifer Spediacci (2000)
2. 250 Jennifer Spediacci (1999)
3. 212 Jennifer Spediacci (1998)
4. 210 Tia Bollinger (2001)

Ranking Among The Best: In the third set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on April 26, 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.

After the first two polls ranked teams in alphabetical order and not from top to bottom, this week's edition is listed in alphabetical order as follows: the top five teams in each region are listed first in alphabetical order and then the bottom five teams are listed next in alphabetical order.

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 four for the regional rankings.

Going Yard X2: For the third time in her two-year career, Washington sophomore Jaime Clark hit two home runs in a game in the team's 6-0 victory over Portland State (April 24). Clark also went yard twice in a game a year ago versus Utah (Feb. 26) and Arizona State (May 6).

Clark became the second Husky to hit two home runs in a game this season, joining senior Christie Rosenbald, who hit four home runs in consecutive at-bats versus both Texas Tech and South Carolina. Interestingly, all three times a UW player has hit more than one home run in a game, they have come in consecutive at-bats.

For the season, 10 different players have tallied at least one home run with Clark leading the charge with 11.

Doing the Defensive Shuffle: With 51 games completed in its 2001 campaign, just two Washington players, seniors Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Christie Rosenblad, have started in the same defensive position in all 51 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 (28), Shannon Walsh (23)
Catcher Amy Hanson (43), Kim DePaul (8)
First Base Amanda Oleson (25), Traci Tawney (19),
Jaime Clark (3), Callie Bergan (3), Shawna Norris (1)
Second Base Christie Rosenblad (51)
Third Base Kim DePaul (43), Amanda Oleson (8)
Shortstop Jaime Clark (44), Amanda Oleson (7)
Left Field Kelly Hauxhurst (51)
Center Field Rita Roach (49), Becky Simpson (2)
Right Field Becky Simpson (25), Amanda Oleson (10), Shawna Norris (6),
Traci Tawney (7), Jaime Clark (3)
D.Player Courtney Jeffries (15), Becky Simpson (11), Shannon Walsh (6), Shawna Norris (2)

Scouting the UCLA Bruins (49-4, 10-4 Pac-10): After spending the entire season at number one in the NFCA/USA Today national poll, the Bruins slipped behind Arizona to the number two slot in the country following a Pac-10 loss to Oregon State back on April 20.

Under head coach Sue Enquist, UCLA redeemed itself with a 5-0 week, including a sweep of the Stanford and California. Currently, shortstop Natasha Watley leads the team in batting with a .432 average, including a current 32-game hitting streak. Senior catcher Stacey Nuveman also is hitting .429 with 14 home runs, while pitchers Keira Goerl (21-1, 0.98 ERA) and Amanda Freed (0.51 ERA, 17-3) have shared the majority of the starting time in the circle.

UCLA leads the series 25-12, including two victories in Los Angles earlier this season. The two schools split their four meetings a year ago.

Scouting the Oregon State Beavers (38-18-1, 7-7): After an 0-4 start in Pac-10 play Oregon State is one the hottest teams in the conference. After sweeping Oregon, the Beavers grabbed one from UCLA, split with Washington and then won a pair last weekend at Arizona State.

Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are led offensively by shortstop Shawna Feldt, who is batting .292 with three home runs and a team-best 34 runs scored. Pitcher Crystal Draper has been the ace of the staff so far in 2001, recording a 24-9 record to go along with a 1.21 ERA. Freshman Monica Hoffman (11-9, 1.68) has also seen almost 155 inning of work in the circle.

The Huskies defeated the Beavers in Corvallis 2-0 two weeks ago, but then fell 8-3 in the two schools' second meeting.

Scouting the Oregon Ducks (25-33, 1-14 Pac-10): As the only Pac-10 team not ranked in the top 25, the Oregon Ducks are on an eight-game losing skid, dropping 20 of their last 25 games, including all but one conference game.

Under head coach Rick Gamez, the Ducks are led by junior Lisa Wangler, who is hitting a team-best .373 with 75 hits and 16 stolen bases. First baseman Triawn Custer (8 HR, 30 RBI) and outfielder Andrea Vidlund (8 HR, 20 RBI) also have the power to hit the ball deep, while four pitchers, led by junior Connie McMurren (8-15, 4.25 ERA), have seen time in the circle.

The Huskies have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools including an easy 10-1 victory in five innings two weeks ago.

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.

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, the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship, the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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 432-159 record, accruing an incredible .731 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 636-320 (.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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