UW Softball Players Help USA Blue To A Fifth-Place Finish At The Canada Cup

July 10, 2001

SEATTLE - Three Washington softball players, sophomore Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and 2001 graduate Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) helped lead the USA Blue team to a 8-3 record and a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., June 30-July 6.

The USA Blue team finished 7-1 in pool play to garner the top seed heading into the double-elimination playoffs. After an easy 10-0 win over the Phoenix Storm, the USA Blue squad was eliminated after dropping two straight games to eventual runner-up Australia (3-0) and the other USA national team, the USA Red (4-3). The Australians defeated the USA Red squad in the consolation bracket final before falling to Japan (Red) in the finals, 6-1.

Clark started all 11 games at shortstop for the USA Blue team, recording eight RBI, four runs scored and a pair of home runs. In the team's first two games, the two-time All-American went 4-for-7 (.571) at the plate, including a three-run home run in the team's extra-inning 7-3 win over Decatur Twister. Clark also scored the game-winning run in USA Blue's 2-0 victory versus the California A's with her second home run of the tournament

DePaul, who struggled at the plate in the four-stop USA Softball Shootout in mid-June, broke out of her slump with three home runs in the 11-game span, including a two-run shot in her squad's one-run loss to the USA Red team. DePaul started in all but one of the team's games, platooning right field after starting at third base in the tournament opener.

Bollinger appeared in four games in the circle for the USA Blue squad, giving up just six hits, while not allowing a run in 11.1 innings of work. The right-hander also made good in her only start of the tournament, tossing a one-hitter, while striking out 11 in the team's five-inning romp (8-0) over the White Rock Renegades. For the tournament, Bollinger also struck out a phenomenal 19 batters.

Bollinger, Clark, DePaul and the rest of the USA Blue team will be back in action for their final competition of the summer as they travel to Maracay, Venezuela for the Pan American Games qualifier, July 28-August 5.

Canada Cup - Surrey, B.C., June 30-July 6
USA Blue 7, Decatur Twister 3
USA Blue 9, Czech Republic 1
USA Blue 6, Canada 3
USA Blue 8, White Rock Renegades 0
USA Blue 5, NJCAA 1
USA Blue 2, California A's 0
USA Blue 2, Japan Red 1
Netherlands 2, USA Blue 1
USA Blue 10, Phoenix Storm 0
Australia 3, USA Blue 0
USA Red 4, USA Blue 3

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