Four Huskies Named To All-Pac-10 Softball Teams
May 14, 2003
SEATTLE - Four Washington players have been selected to the Pacific-10 All-Conference teams, including first team selections Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera and second team picks Tia Bollinger and Kathy Fiske.
Clark, a senior shortstop, receives her fourth All-Pac-10 honor after leading the Huskies to their 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and a No. 1 seed. Clark, who owns a .369 career average, leads the team with 53 runs scored and ranks second with 14 home runs and a .616 slugging percentage. With 41 runs batted in this season, Clark set the school's career record and now ranks eighth on the NCAA all-time chart with 235 career RBIs. She also holds UW career records for runs scored (216) and home runs (70).
Rivera, a sophomore catcher, earns her second All-Pac-10 nod after being the only freshman to be a first team pick in 2002. She leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including average (.393), hits (66), home runs (21) and RBIs (64). Rivera set the UW single-game record earlier this season with three home runs versus Purdue and already ranks third on the Husky career list in home runs (37) and average (.379).
Bollinger, a junior pitcher, receives her third conference award after being named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2001 and earning honorable mention honors last year. Known for her freezing change-up, Bollinger has led the UW pitching staff with a 24-9 record and 189 strikeouts in 224.2 innings. She has tallied 12 saves in her career, which tops the Huskies chart and set a Pac-10 record. Bollinger ranked second on the Washington all-time list in strikeouts (616) and third in career earned run average (1.24).
Fiske, a sophomore third baseman, is a first-time selection to the Pac-10 All-Conference team. She currently leads the Huskies with 13 doubles, while ranking second in average (.327), hits (56) and runs batted in (41). Fiske was a two-time all-tournament pick this season at the NFCA Leadoff and Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classics.
Washington also had four players named to the honorable mention team, including sophomore pitcher Ashley Boek (17-4, 2.13 ERA), freshman first baseman Sarah Hyatt (.277, seven home runs, 18 RBIs) and freshman outfielders Aimee Minor (.243 BA, five home runs, 21 RBIs) and Dena Tyson (.281 BA, eight home runs, 25 RBIs).
The Huskies have had 77 players earn Pac-10 All-Conference honors in its 11-year history.
Washington (42-14-1) begins postseason play at the No. 5 Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (PT) versus No. 8 seed Creighton (25-22). All regional games will air live on KKNW-AM 1150, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.