Softball Will Face Top 10 Competition At Kia Klassic In Fullerton, Calif.

March 12, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The No. 5-ranked Washington softball team (23-2-1) continues life on the road with its sixth straight out-of-state tournament. This weekend, the Huskies will compete in the 16-team Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif., including nine teams ranked in the top 16 by the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Washington is grouped with No. 4 Texas, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton and Hawaii in the only pool with more than one team ranked in the top 10. The games versus Texas and host CS Fullerton will be Washington's first match-ups against top 10 opponents.

Thursday, March 13: Washington vs. No. 4 Texas, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 13: Washington vs. Hawaii, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 14: Washington vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, 3 p.m.
Friday, March 14: Bracket Play
Saturday, March 15: Bracket Play
Sunday, March 16: Bracket Play

SERIES HISTORY: Washington has faced all three of its pool opponents and holds the 21-7 (.750) lead in the all-time series over Texas (7-1), Hawaii (4-1) and Cal State Fullerton (10-5). Texas won its last game against the Huskies with a 7-1 victory on March 15, 2000. The Huskies are on a four-game winning streak against Hawaii, including a 3-2 win on Feb. 8, 2003. Cal Sate Fullerton has won the last three games against Washington and most recently took a 10-1 game from the Dawgs on March 20, 2001.

COACH WILSON: In 11 seasons as the head coach at UW, Teresa Wilson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, nine NCAA Regionals and two second place finishes at the College World Series. Her overall UW record stands at 508-184-1 (.734) and she is 712-345-1 (.673) all-time. Before becoming the Husky head coach in 1993, Wilson served as the head coach at Minnesota for two seasons (1990-1991) and at Oregon for four seasons (1986-89). All totaled, Wilson has coached 24 All-Americans, 69 all-conference selections and 50 academic all-conference honorees. A 1983 All-American pitcher for Missouri, she is joined by assistants Scott Centala and Steve Dailey.

SCOUTING TEXAS: No. 4 Texas (22-2) had a light week last week, taking a pair of games from Eastern Michigan, 8-0 and 7-1. The Longhorns are just one point ahead of the Huskies in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll.

Texas has a stacked pitching staff that combines for a .043 earned run average. Leading the way for the Longhorns is Cat Osterman with a team-low .025 ERA and 190 strikeouts in 84 innings. Osterman (12-2) has tossed seven shutouts and has allowed just three earned runs and four extra-base hits all season, while holding her opponents to a .067 batting average.

The Longhorns are out scoring their opponents 120-16 and are led by Tina Boutelle and Lindsay Gardner at the plate. Boutelle leads the team with a .349 batting average (22-for-63), 22 runs and six doubles. Gardner, who became the school's all-time career hits leader last week, has a .311 (15-for-45) clip, including five doubles and seven RBIs.

SCOUTING HAWAII: Hawaii (14-7) is coming off a sweep of the Malihini Tournament Championship with a 5-0 mark. The Rainbow Wahine defeated Loyola Marymount 9-2, Baylor 5-2, UC Riverside 4-1, Kent State 8-2 and Buffalo 2-0 to earn the tournament title.

The Wahine are out hitting their opponents .274- .236 and are led by Stacey Porter with a .466 (27-for-58) batting average, including four home runs. Noelle Izumi has also been an offensive threat for Hawaii, hitting .358 (19-for-53), as has April Crowell with a team-leading six home runs and 16 RBIs.

UH maintains a 1.67 earned run average, highlighted by Melissa Coogan (11-2) with a 1.08 ERA. Coogan has thrown 84.1 innings for the Wahine, giving up 13 earned runs and striking out 32 batters. Shannon Tabion (3-5) has a 2.40 ERA and has fanned 40 batters in 55.1 innings of work.

Hawaii and Washington squared off earlier this season at the Chevron Paradise Classic with the Huskies edging the Wahine 3-2.

SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON: No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (16-7) has defeated six top 25 teams this season and is the only team to have defeated No. 1-ranked UCLA with a 1-0 decision on Feb. 1. The Titans were idle last week after going 4-2 at the Worth Invitational to post the second-best record behind the Huskies, Feb. 28-March 2.

CSF's pitching staff has limited its opponents to a .150 batting average behind a 1.45 earned run average. Gina Oaks (10-3) is Cal State Fullerton's ace with 82 strikeouts in 83.1 innings pitched. Jodi Cox (6-3) has also been effective with 92 strikeouts in 69.1 innings and a 1.51 earned run average.

Jenny Topping leads the Titan offense with a .433 clip (26-for-60), while Cox is hitting .333 (25-for-75) with a team-high 16 runs scored. CSF is out scoring its opponents 78 to 41 and has blasted 17 home runs on the season.

LAST WEEKEND: Washington had its first stumble of the season last week at the Speedline Invitational, losing its first two games of the season. The Huskies went 4-1 in their pool, defeating Massachusetts, Hofstra, Ball State and North Carolina but fell to Northwestern 6-5. Washington swept through the first and second rounds of the elimination bracket, defeating Temple and Michigan State to face Stanford in the championship semifinal. The Huskies came up short against the Cardinal, 3-1, as Stanford ace Dana Sorenson held the Dawgs to just one hit, a home run by freshman Aimee Minor. Three UW players were named to the all-tournament team, including Jaime Clark, Dena Tyson and Tia Bollinger. Clark led UW with a .417 performance at the plate with nine RBIs. Tyson, who hit .389, had two game-winning RBIs and collected five walks over the weekend. Bollinger was Washington's ace from the mound, collecting a 2-1 record and notching two saves. Both wins were shutout victories and Bollinger gave up just two extra-base hits in 125 at-bats en route to a 0.62 earned run average.

MILESTONES: Head coach Teresa Wilson has notched two milestone victories this season, including 700 career wins and 500 Washington victories. On Feb. 22, Wilson tallied her 700th career victory with a 5-2 win over No. 15 Michigan, 5-3. On March 1, Wilson recorded her 500th win at the helm of the UW softball team with a 9-0 romp over Northwestern. She now has a 712-343-1 all-time record, which ranks 16th on the active coaches' list for most victories.

WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Washington softball team dropped one spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate top 25 poll and USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll to No. 5 on March 11.

The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 116 poll 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 68 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01).

Overall, the Huskies have remained in the top 15 in each of the last 99 poll datings, a streak that began with the preseason poll in 1996.

RIVERA NAMED USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After a record-setting performance at the Worth Invitational Feb. 28-March 2, sophomore Kristen Rivera was selected as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 4.

Rivera led the Huskies to five wins at the Worth Invitational and the unofficial tournament title as she hit .571 (8-for-14) over the five game stretch with a double, four home runs and 12 RBIs. Against Purdue, she hit three home runs in three at-bats to set a Washington record and tallied five RBIs.

She also went 2-for-3 against both Pacific and Northwestern with two runs scored and six RBIs combined. Rivera drew two walks over the course of the tournament and did not strikeout. Behind the plate, she was flawless with a perfect fielding percentage and threw out the only base runner that attempted to steal.

PAC-10 HONORS: Tia Bollinger was selected as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on March 4 after a 3-0 mark at the Worth Invitational, Feb. 28-March 2. She gave up just 10 hits total, shutout Northwestern and allowed no earned runs in four innings of work against Purdue. Bollinger rung up 14 batters in 16 innings for a team-low 0.44 ERA and allowed only one run in three appearances. She limited No. 20 Ohio State to three hits and Purdue to only two.

CHEVRON PARADISE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Washington opened the 2003 season with a perfect 6-0 record to win the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Feb. 6-9. After rain halted play on Feb. 6, the Huskies notched a pair of extra-inning wins against Santa Clara 3-2 and Oklahoma State 5-4 on Feb. 7. UW followed up with victories against Louisville 7-4 and host Hawaii 3-2 to earn the No. 1 seed for Sunday's single elimination bracket. The Huskies defeated Santa Clara in the first round 7-5 and topped Oklahoma State 3-2 for the tournament championship.

HAWAII ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Sophomore Kristen Rivera was named Most Outstanding Player of the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic for her .476 performance at the plate, while sophomore Ashley Boek received Most Outstanding Pitcher honors after picking up three wins and a save. Also named to the all-tournament team were sophomore third baseman Kathy Fiske and junior centerfielder Rita Roach who hit .429 and .350, respectively.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 16-player Washington roster includes 13 returning letterwinners and eight returning starters. The 2003 team includes six juniors, five sophomores, two seniors and three freshmen. Nine players hail from California, six from Washington and one from Oregon.

CHALLENGING SCHEDULE: The Huskies are scheduled to play 14 teams ranked in the USA Today/ NFCA Top 25 poll. Seven of those opponents are Pac-10 members, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona, No. 7 California, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 17 Oregon State and No. 22 Oregon. The other seven ranked opponents the Huskies are slated to play are No. 4 Texas, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, No. 14 Michigan, No. 15 South Carolina, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Massachusetts.

HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, will carry eight Husky softball games, plus any postseason play during the 2003 season. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his sixth season behind the microphone, while John Cowley will deliver color commentary for his third 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.

Here is the complete UW softball radio broadcast schedule (broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch; schedule is subject to change):

Friday, April 4: Washington vs. Arizona, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 5: Washington vs. Arizona State, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 6: Washington vs. Arizona State, 1 p.m.
Friday, April 18: Washington at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 19:Washington at UCLA, 2 p.m.
Friday, April 25: Washington vs. Stanford, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: Washington vs. California, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 27: Washington vs. California, 2 p.m.

BY YOUR TICKETS NOW: The Washington softball team has 12 home games on tap this season. To order tickets call the Ticket Office (206)543-2200 or go online to:

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Player Notes (in alphabetical order):

Callie Bergan, Sophomore 1B: Returns for her sophomore campaign after receiving a medical redshirt last season... notched her first career hit and RBI against Florida International on Feb. 15 ... scored a run against Purdue on March 2 ... went 1-for-1 with a run scored versus Hofstra on March 6 ... drew a walk, a sacrifice hit and scored two runs in the win over Ball State on March 7.

Ashley Boek, Sophomore P: Named the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic Most Outstanding Player, posting three wins and a save ...is 11-1 this season with a save ... has struck out 83 batters in 73.1 innings pitched ...defeated No. 15 Michigan at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ...notched two wins at the Worth Invitational with a 0.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings ...maintained a 0.70 ERA at the Speedline Invitational with a 4-1 mark.

Tia Bollinger, Junior, P: Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (3/4) ...is 11-1 on the season with three saves and a 0.99 ERA ... has fanned 90 batters in 99.1 innings pitched ...tallied a save in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan ...struck out 11 in the 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State, while walking none ...defeated No. 16 South Carolina and Temple at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ...gave up just one run in three games at the Worth Invitational ...tossed a shutout over Northwestern on March 1 ...threw two shutouts at the Speedline Invitational and notched two saves to earn all-tournament honors ...tied a career-best with 12 strikeouts against Massachusetts on March 6.

Jaime Clark, Senior, SS: Has started all 26 games at short stop ... hit .400 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, including a double, home run and five RBIs ...is 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts, including three against Northwestern on Feb. 15 ... ranks third on the team with 24 RBIs ... went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in UW's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State ... was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 8-0 win over FIU ...hit a home run and a triple in the 4-3 victory over Temple ...went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI against Pacific ...hit 3-for-3 with two home runs in the 11-0 romp of Purdue, while driving in four RBIs ...led the team with a .417 batting average at the Speedline Invitational to earn all-tournament honors ...went 3-for-3 at the plate against Temple on March 8, including a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs ...has hit six home runs this season.

Kathy Fiske, Sophomore, 3B: Has started all 26 games at third base ...ranks second on the team with a .346 average (28-for-81), including eight doubles and seven home runs ...has driven in 25 RBIs ...earned all-tournament honors at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...went 3-for-4 against Louisville ...hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs in victories over Santa Clara and Arkansas ...notched three RBIs in 5-5 tie with Minnesota ...hit .600 (6-for-10) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, earning all-tournament honors ...was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in 2-1 win over No. 16 South Carolina ...went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan ...hit 2-for-4 in 9-1 win over Pacific with four RBIs ...hit a three-run home run after being intentionally walked to by Hofstra on March 6 ...notched four RBIs in that game ... went 2-for-3 versus Temple on March 8, including a double and a home run.

Amy Hanson, Junior, C: Has thrown out four potential base stealers this season ... leads team with five sacrifice hits ...went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Washington's 12-3 win over Arkansas.

Sarah Hyatt, Freshman, 1B: Has started all 26 games at first base ... is third on the team with a .338 (23-for-68) batting average, including a .667 (8-for-12) performance at the Arizona Pepsi Classic ... hit her first career home run in the win over Arkansas ...went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored against Arkansas ...recorded three hits in 8-0 romp of Florida International ...went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in the 5-3 win over No. 15 Michigan ...homered in the 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State ...had a stretch of six consecutive hits at the Speedline Invitational ...hit two home runs versus North Carolina on March 8.

Courtney Jeffries, Junior, OF: Has played in 12 games, starting five in left field and two as the designated player ...went 1-for-3 in the 5-4 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 7 ...also hit 1-for-3 in the 8-0 victory over Florida International ... singled as a pinch hitter in the Portland State game ...went 1-for-2 with a RBI against Temple on March 8.

Aimee Minor, Freshman, OF: Has started 22 games in right field or as designated player ...the first player to notch a double, triple and home run this season ...went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the 8-0 victory over FIU ... hit a home run versus Northwestern ... hit 1-for-2 against Hofstra with a run scored and two stolen bases ...broke up a no-hitter with a solo home run versus Stanford on March 9 ...leads the team with six hit by pitches.

Amanda Oleson, Junior, 2B: Has started all 26 games at second base ...is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts ...went 3-for-4 with a RBI in the 3-0 win over Portland State ...went 1-for-3 with a double against Northwestern on March 7.

Megan Owen, Junior, OF: Has started 19 games in the outfield ...scored both runs in UW's 2-1 win over Northwestern on Feb. 15 ... also went 2-for-2 against the Wildcats ...was 1-for-1 versus No. 16 South Carolina ... hit 1-for-3 with a RBI in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan ...hit 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Hofstra on March 6 ...hit 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI versus Northwestern on March 7.

Kristen Rivera, Sophomore, C: Has started all 26 games at catcher or designated player ...leads team with a .395 (32-for-81) batting average and 11 home runs ...also leads the team with 30 RBIs and a .840 slugging percentage ...named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for her .571 (8-for-14) performance at the Worth Invitational ...named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the win over Louisville ...was 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Santa Clara ... posted three hits and a RBI in Washington's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State ... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in 12-3 victory over Arkansas ...also named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic all-tournament team, hitting 6-for-8 (.625) ...went 3-for-3 with a home run against Temple ...hit 2-for-3 against Northwestern and Pacific with three RBIs and a run scored in each ... was 3-for-3 with three home runs against Purdue to set a school record ...notched five RBIs against Purdue ...scored two runs versus Hofstra on March 6 ...hit a home run against North Carolina on March 8.

Rita Roach, Junior, OF: Named to the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic all-tournament team after hitting .429 (9-for-21) ... hit 4-for-4 in win over Santa Clara ...was 1-for-1 in 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State ...picked the potential go-ahead run at home plate from centerfield in the seventh inning against Massachusetts on March 6 ...recorded a RBI in the win over Ball State on March 7 ...singled and scored a run versus North Carolina on March 8.

Traci Tawney, Senior, OF: Has appeared in 19 games as a pinch runner and outfielder ...is 1-for-4 at the plate with five runs scored and a stolen base.

Dena Tyson, Freshman, OF: Has started 22 games in left field ...blasted a home run in her first collegiate at-bat ... hit a double against Arkansas ...went 5-for12 (.471) at the Worth Invitational, including two doubles, a home run and three RBIs ...was 2-for-3 against Northwestern ...hit 1-for-2 against Pacific and Purdue ...named to the Speedline all-tournament team after hitting .389 (7-for-18) and driving in two game-winning runs ...hit a three-run home run against Northwestern on March 7 ...went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs against Temple on March 8.

Jessica Wilkinson, Sophomore, C: Redshirting this season ... had only career at-bat in the team's 6-0 victory over San Diego State on February 3, 2002, at the Early Bird Classic.

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