No. 12 Softball Begins Pac-10 Play At Home Versus No. 1 UCLA
March 28, 2002
3/24 vs. Santa Clara (DH) W, 9-0 (5), 5-2
3/26 at No. 19 Pacific (DH) W, 9-5, 9-7
3/29 No. 1 UCLA* 2 p.m.
3/30 No. 1 UCLA* 2 p.m.
4/2 Portland State (DH) 2 p.m.
4/5 at Arizona* (KKNW) 6 p.m.
4/6 at Arizona State* (KKNW) 6 p.m.
4/7 at Arizona State* (KKNW) 1 p.m.
A Tough Opener: The 12th-ranked Washington softball team, winners of 13 of its last 14 games, faces its toughest opponent yet, No. 1 UCLA, in both schools' Pac-10 season-opener Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.) at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Huskies will be looking for their first win over the Bruins since 2000.
Success In NorCal: In its first trip to Northern California this season, the Huskies returned to Seattle Tuesday with a perfect 4-0 record, having swept a pair of doubleheaders versus both Santa Clara and No. 19 Pacific.
Against the Broncos, Husky pitchers Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.) combined to throw a one-hitter as the UW run-ruled Santa Clara in game one, 9-0, in five innings.
In the second half of the twinbill, UW freshman Kristen Rivera's (Perris, Calif.) two home runs and sophomore Rita Roach's (Norwalk, Calif.) game-winning hit in the sixth inning highlighted the team's 5-2 victory.
The Huskies' hot hitting continued into Tuesday, as the UW combined for 18 runs and 22 hits in the two games. Junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) had nine RBI on the day, belting her third career grand slam in game one, followed by a three-run shot in the first inning of game two.
Clark had a hit in all four games, bringing a 12-game streak into this weekend's series with UCLA. Roach, meanwhile, reached base via a hit in 11 straight games, before coming up empty (0-for-1, 2 BB) in the UW's first game against University of the Pacific.
Both Clark and Roach matched their career best in that category, as Clark had a 12-game streak as a freshman from February 19 to March 5, 2000, while Roach tallied a hit in 11 straight games from February 17 to March 2, 2001.
UW senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) opened the season with career-best 12-game hitting streak (Feb. 1-14) - the second-longest in the Pac-10 in 2002.
Huskies A Steal: With seven last week, the 2002 Washington softball team has already surpassed its season total from a year ago with 76 stolen bases. The Huskies, who finished with a program low 75 in 2001, currently rank first in the Pac-10 in both stolen bases and attempts (89).
Four UW players are in double-digits, including sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who has doubled her season total from a year ago with a team best 16 in 18 attempts. Sophomore Rita Roach is closing in on Oleson with a career-high 15, followed by Becky Simpson (14) and Jaime Clark (13).
Washington has reached the century mark in stolen bases five times, including a school record 194 in 1997.
The Streak Continues: Dating back to a 2-1 win over Oregon State on May 4, 2001, UW junior Jaime Clark has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch at least once in each of her last 47 games. During that span, Clark has at least one hit in 39 games, while getting on base via a walk or hit by pitch in eight others.
The team's starting shortstop also reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances from March 15-24, a streak which spanned four games and ended with a strikeout in her second at-bat versus Santa Clara last Sunday.
RBI Come In Fives: Both sophomore Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) and junior Jaime Clark continue to have big games at the plate for the Huskies this season. The pair has combined to record five RBI or more in a game six times.
Fiske added her second effort last Sunday in the team's 9-0 blowout of Santa Clara. The team's starting third baseman had a sacrifice fly in the second inning, a two-run double in the fourth and capped the game with a two-run home run in the fifth. Earlier in the season, Fiske recorded five RBI in a 9-1 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Clark also added a five-RBI effort in the team's 9-5 win against Pacific this past Tuesday. The All-American drove in teammate Becky Simpson with a RBI-single in the first inning, before launching her third career grand slam in the fourth. Clark had five RBI versus Hofstra (2/15) and UC Santa Barbara (3/3), while finishing with a career-best six RBI in a win over Boston University on Feb. 23.
Save Us, Please: After having just one save all of last season, the UW pitching staff continues to showcase its depth, combining for five saves already in 2002.
UW sophomore Tia Bollinger earned her first career save in the team's 5-2 win over Santa Clara, pitching a perfect seventh inning. Freshman Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) and Leslie Scott, meanwhile, both have two saves apiece.
The 1997 team set the school record for most saves in a season with seven, as All-American Jamie Graves had a record six saves in her freshman campaign.
Bollinger Passes The Century Mark: With her five strikeouts in the team's second game against Pacific, sophomore Tia Bollinger became the first Husky pitcher to pass the 100 strikeout mark this season.
A year ago, Bollinger struck out 260 batters, the second-most in school history behind All-American Jennifer Spediacci's 316 strikeouts in 2000. Bollinger ranks fifth in UW history in career strikeouts with 362, trailing All-American Eve Gaw, who is fourth on the list with 431.
Scouting the UCLA Bruins (32-3): The top team in the nation, UCLA enters this weekend's two games with a 32-3 record, having lost their three games in 2002 by a combined four runs. Under head coach Sue Enquist, the Bruins are hitting a blistering .370 as a team.
All-Americans Stacey Nuveman (.554) and Natasha Watley (.535) are both batting over the .500 mark, while sophomore Claire Sua has a team-best 40 RBI. Watley adds a team-high 43 runs scored and 29 stolen bases to a squad which boasts seven players hitting above .300.
In the circle, sophomore Keira Goerl (15-2, 0.32 ERA) and Amanda Freed (15-1, 0.42 ERA) have combined to make all but one start, giving up just 22 runs.
The Bruins lead the all-time series between the two schools by a 26-12 margin, including wins in all three meetings a year ago.
Pac-10 Power: For the second consecutive year, the University of Washington softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a poll of conference coaches announced January 15.
The Huskies received 28 points overall to place behind Arizona (46), UCLA (46) and Stanford (37). Arizona and UCLA, who both advanced to the NCAA final in 2001, tied with 46 points, splitting the eight first-place votes for the second straight year. Behind Washington was California (21), Oregon State (21), Arizona State (18) and Oregon (7).
Over the past three seasons, the Huskies have been picked by the conference coaches to finish second (2000), third (1999) and fourth (2001). Washington won the Pac-10 title for the second time in school history in 2000, while it ended up in third place in both 1999 and 2001.
On The Horizon: The Huskies play host to their final non-conference games of the regular season when Portland State travels to Seattle for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Huskies and Vikings will meet just once this season, after trading venues for a pair of doubleheaders in each of the past four seasons. The UW will then head to Arizona for two games at No. 6 Arizona State and one versus No. 2 Arizona.
Follow The Huskies: After a one-game postponement, all Husky home games, beginning next week versus UCLA, will feature live stats. Turn to Washington's official website, www.gohuskies.com for more details.
Huskies On The Airwaves: The Washington softball team will have eight games broadcast live on KKNW 1150-AM in 2002. Mike Brown will handle play-by-play duties for the fifth-straight season, while John Cowley will provide color commentary.
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 begins April 5, as all three of the Huskies' games in Arizona will be broadcast from both the University of Arizona (April 5) and Arizona State (April 6-7). Three more UW road games also will be broadcast at Stanford (April 26) and California (April 27-28), while the Huskies two-game series with Oregon State (April 20-21) in Seattle are also on-tap.
Each game's broadcast will begin and end with a 15-minute pre- and post-game show, featuring interviews with UW players and coaches.
Celebrating 10 Years Of Husky Softball: The 2002 season marks the start of the 10th year of Husky Softball. The program, which played its inaugural season in 1993, celebrated its 10-year anniversary with an alumnae game on September 29, 2001. c Some of the biggest names in Washington softball history returned to Seattle for the game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Over 25 alumnae and 14 of the program's 15 All-Americans took part in the festivities.
Dinning With The Dawgs: Outback Steakhouse and the Husky softball team will play host to Dinner with the Dawgs on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in the Dempsey Indoor, immediately following the 1 p.m. Oregon State game. The festivities will include a meal catered by Outback Steakhouse, silent and live auctions that day and a 2002 Husky Softball poster.
Tickets to the event are $15.00 per person (children five and under free) and will be on sale at any Husky home softball game leading up to the event. Those interested may also download a flier from Washington's official website - 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 nine years, Wilson has led the Huskies to five trips to the College World Series, including appearances in the championship game in 1996 and 1999. UW has earned eight 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 468-172 record, accruing an incredible .731 winning percentage. All totaled, Wilson's players have earned 22 All-America certificates, 64 mentions on all-Pac-10 squads, and 48 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 15-year career coaching record of 672-333 (.669) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota.