Huskies Make Sixth Appearance At Women's College World Series
May 21, 2003
UP NEXT: The Washington softball team (46-14-1) won the No. Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., to advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., May 22-26. The Huskies, who are making their sixth World Series appearance after a two-year hiatus, are seeded fifth and will open play against No. 4 seed Oklahoma (46-12) on May 22 at 11 a.m. (PT). Joining Washington and Oklahoma at the double-elimination tournament are No. 1 seed Arizona (54-5), No. 2 seed UCLA (49-6), No. 3 seed Texas (47-7), No. 6 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (47-9), No. 7 seed California (45-18) and No. 8 seed Alabama (49-19).
UW IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: The Huskies are making their sixth appearance in the College World Series (1996-2000, 2003) after a two-year absence. Washington has a 12-8 record in those games and was national runner-up in 1996 and 1999.
CONSECUTIVE NCAA APPEARANCES: Washington's 10 consecutive regional appearances ties with Oklahoma for the fourth longest active string in NCAA softball.
FAMILIAR FOES: The Huskies have faced five of its potential seven College World Series opponents this season for a 3-7 record. Washington has not played against its first round opponent, Oklahoma, or Louisiana-Lafayette this season and has never played Alabama.
2003 REGIONAL RECAP: Washington entered the 2003 Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. as the No. 1 seed and swept the field, 4-0, to earn its sixth bid to the Women's College World Series. The Huskies defeated Creighton, 5-1 and notched three consecutive mercy-rule shutouts over Mississippi State, 8-0 (6), and Iowa 11-0 (5) and 11-0 (6). Kristen Rivera and Tia Bollinger were named Co-MVP's of the tournament and Jaime Clark and Aimee Minor were named to the all-tournament team. The Huskies outscored their opponents 35-1.
CALIFORNIAN WORLD SERIES: The eight teams competing at the College World Series are comprised of 124 athletes and represent 13 states. Forty-five percent of those athletes (56 women) call California home. The second most represented state is Texas with 18 percent of CWS participants (22 women) from the Lone Star state.
UNDEFEATED IN REGIONALS: Washington rolled through the No. 5 Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., with an unblemished 4-0 record. It marked the sixth time in Washington's 10 postseason appearances that the Huskies have cruised through regionals unscathed. UW also swept its regional opponents in 1996 (3-0), 1997 (3-0), 1998 (3-0), 1999 (4-0) and 2000 (4-0).
MERCY, MERCY ME: The Huskies have posted 11 mercy-rule victories this season. Three of those mercy-rules came at the Regional Tournament to set a Husky postseason record. Washington run-rules Mississippi State, 8-0 in six innings and Iowa, twice, 11-0 in five innings and 11-0 in six innings.
RIVERA TIES HOME RUN RECORD: With three home runs at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., Kristen Rivera tied the UW single-season home run record with 24 blasts. The record, originally set by Jenny Topping in 2000, ranks Rivera eight on the NCAA all-time list.
BOLLINGER BLANKS 'EM: Tia Bollinger tossed three consecutive shutouts at the NCAA Regional Tournament to earn Co-MVP honors and bring her season total to 10. Overall, Bollinger has blanked 24 opponents in her career, which ranks fifth on the Husky charts.
ROAD TESTED: Washington has spent 12 of the season's 15 weeks on the road. The Huskies have logged 29,498 air miles in that time, visiting seven states (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska and Oregon.), not including miles shuttled between airports, restaurants and hotels. In that time, UW has picked up three tournament titles and has posted a 41-11-1 (.783) record, proving that life on the road isn't necessarily a disadvantage.
LAST TEAM STANDING: UW was the last undefeated team in the nation this season. The Huskies played for exactly a month (Feb. 7-Mar. 6) before suffering its first loss to Northwestern to snap a 19-game winning streak. Washington had a 19-0-1 mark during those first four weeks with the tie against Minnesota at the Arizona Pepsi Classic. Rain delayed the tournament schedule and the Huskies and Gophers were forced to rule a game locked in a 5-5 tie in the ninth a tie so each team could make its scheduled flights home.
ON THE AIRWAVES: KKNW AM-1150, through rights-holder Pioneer Radio & Sports, will carry all Husky game from the College World Series. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown is the voice of Husky softball. All games will air live on KKNW, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.
ON THE TUBE: For the second-straight year, all College World Series games will be aired live on either ESPN or ESPN2. Washington's opener versus Oklahoma will air on ESPN at 11 a.m. (PT) on May 22.
GOING YARD: Washington belted seven home runs at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., to set a UW record. Kristen Rivera blasted three homers, while Jaime Clark and Kathy Fiske each hit two out of the park. The previous record of six home runs was set at the 2000 Regional Tournament in Seattle. That same season, the Dawgs hit two more home runs at the College World Series to set the postseason record with eight dingers.
ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Eight Huskies were named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team, including first team selections Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera. Clark received 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 .371 career average, led the team with 53 runs scored during the regular season and ranked second with 14 home runs and a .616 slugging percentage.
Rivera earned her second All-Pac-10 nod after being the only freshman to be a first team pick in 2002. She led the team in nearly every offensive category during the regular season, 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 and average.
The Huskies have had 77 players earn Pac-10 All-Conference honors in its 11-year history.
ALL-PACIFIC REGION: Two Washington softball players were among the 26 players named to the 2003 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region team. Kristen Rivera was a first team selection, while Tia Bollinger was a second team pick. Rivera, a sophomore catcher, earns her second All-Region honor after being a first team pick in 2002. Bollinger, a junior pitcher, receives her third regional award after being named to the first team in 2001 and earning honorable mention honors last year. Overall, the Huskies have had 42 players earn All-Pacific Region honors.
FIGHTING LIKE CATS AND DAWGS: In the final Pac-10 game of the season, Washington and Arizona played a three-hour slugfest with the Wildcats coming out on top, 21-17. After the Huskies ran away with the 7-1 victory in the opener of the doubleheader, Arizona tossed its third-string pitcher and UW let four position players try a hand at collegiate pitching in an effort to saves its aces for regional competition. The teams played to a 17-17 tie in the seventh before UA's Jackie Coburn hit a game-winning grand slam off Washington's starting left fielder to end the game. The Huskies broke just two record in the game, including most runs scored by an opponent and combined runs (38). Washington's most runs in a game was 28 against Stanford in 1993.
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 531-196-1 (.730) and she is 735-357-1 (.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, 77 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.
CAREER RBI RECORD: Jaime Clark hit her 68th career home run versus Oregon on May 4 for her 228th career RBI. She now tops the Washington all-time chart with 242 RBIs and ranks sixth on the NCAA career list. Former Huskies Jen Cline (1993-96, 227 RBIs) and Michelle Church (1993-96, 225) rank ninth and 10th on the NCAA RBI list.
A PAIR OF ACES IN THE CIRCLE: Washington is the only team in the Pac-10 with two 15+ game winners and two pitchers with 150 or more strikeouts. Junior Tia Bollinger is 27-9 with a team-high 204 strikeouts and boasts a 1.33 earned run average. Sophomore Ashley Boek is 18-4 with 171 strikeouts in 158 innings.
HYATT HITS game-winners: Freshman Sarah Hyatt has crushed seven home runs this season, including the game-winners in two Pac-10 games. On April 5, the Huskies trailed Arizona State, 1-0 in the sixth. After a walk to Dena Tyson, Hyatt belted a two-run home run for the eventual game-winner. On April 27, Hyatt hit a walk-off three-run home run versus California in the eighth inning.
HUSKIES PACK THE HOUSE: The Huskies rank fourth in the country in home attendance. Washington has pulled in 8,002 fans over 11 home dates for an average of 727 fans per game. The top-three attendance schools are Fresno State (2,012), Arizona (1,408) and Texas (751). Michigan rounds out the top-5, bringing in 702 fans per game (see table, page 8).
HOME RUN HEROICS: Jaime Clark set the UW all-time home run record during her junior campaign with 44. Clark has now brought her career total to 72 home runs, which ranks fifth on the NCAA all-time chart. She is four home runs behind No. 4-ranked Jenny Dalton (Arizona) with 76 homers.
NATIONAL TEAM CAMP INVITEES: Washington standouts Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera are among 45 players invited to participate in a selection team camp, June 4-8, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The players will compete for spots on two teams that will represent the United State in international competition this summer. The invite is Clark's third and Rivera's second. Clark was a member of the 2001 USA Blue National Team and Rivera was selected to the USA Elite Team last summer but declined participation due to injury.
TOP-25 FINALIST: Washington's Kristen Rivera was one of 25 finalists for the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award (considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball). The initial watch list of 40 players, which included Tia Bollinger and Jaime Clark, was shrunk to 25 players on April 9.
SAVING THE DAY: With a save versus Arizona State on April 5, junior ace Tia Bollinger became the Pac-10 and UW all-time career saves leader with 11. On April 12, Bollinger recorded her 12th career save against Oregon State, which ties for 14th on the NCAA career chart. Bollinger set the school record for single-season saves last year with seven.
WALKING THE DAWGS: The Huskies have drawn 10 walks in two games this season. UW drew 10 walks off of Arizona State hurler Desiree Serrano on April 5 and against Iowa's Lisa Birocci and Ali Arnold in the NCAA Regional Championship on May 18. Washington's single-game record stands at 11 and was set against Arizona in 1996. The Dawgs have drawn 189 walks this season while only giving up 96 free trips in 61 games. UW has five players with 20+ walks, including Kristen Rivera (27), Dena Tyson (27), Sarah Hyatt (24), Jaime Clark (23) and Amanda Oleson (23).
BACK-TO-BACK DINGERS: Washington has hit back-to-back home runs seven times this season, using five different combinations. Kathy Fiske and Sarah Hyatt teamed up for sequential dingers against Arkansas (Feb. 14), while Fiske and Kristen Rivera hit consecutive home runs versus Portland State (Feb. 28). Rivera and Jaime Clark have gone deep back-to-back three times, including twice in the Purdue match-up (Mar. 2) and once against Temple (Feb. 24). Aimee Minor and Megan Owen hit successive shots off of Texas' Cat Osterman (Mar. 14), while batting from the eight and nine positions and most recently, Minor and Hyatt hit back-to-back shots versus Illinois (Mar. 21). All totaled, Washington has posted 20 multi-home run games with Rivera (3 vs. Purdue; 2 vs. Arizona, 2 vs. Iowa), Clark (2 vs. Purdue; 2 vs. Utah; 2 vs. Arizona) and Hyatt (2 vs. North Carolina) each recording more than one home run in the same game.
A 'FRESH' START: Washington's three freshman, Sarah Hyatt, Aimee Minor and Dena Tyson, have seen significant starting time this season. Hyatt has started 60 games, including 59 at first base and one at third base. Minor has started 49 games in right field and eight as the designated player. Tyson has notched 55 starts in left field, one in centerfield and one as the designated player. The trio has amassed 39 percent of the team's doubles (30-of-76), 38 percent of the team's triples (3-of-8) and 28 percent of the team's home runs (20-of-72).
THE LONG BALL: The Huskies have belted 72 home runs this season. Seven players have hit at least one home run, including Kristen Rivera (24), Jaime Clark (16), Kathy Fiske (11), Dena Tyson (8), Sarah Hyatt (7), Aimee Minor (5) and Megan Owen (1).
THE RUN-AROUND: With a pair of runs scored versus Hawaii on March 13, Jaime Clark became the all-time career runs leader at Washington with 190 runs scored. Her career total now stands at 222, which ranks 10th on the NCAA all-time charts.
STEALING THE SHOW: Jaime Clark is 25-for-30 in stolen base attempts this season to rank second in the Pac-10. She is now tied with Becky Newbry (1999) for the No. 10 spot on the Husky all-time season charts. The last time a Washington player stole 25+ bases was in 2000 when Rosie Leutizinger stole 29 bags in 33 attempts. Clark has tallied 72 career stolen bases, which ranks sixth on the all-time list and she needs just nine more to crack into the top-5.
TAKING IT FOR THE TEAM: Washington has been hit by 47 pitches this season to set the school's single-season record. The previous record of 43 hit batsmen was set in 2000. Aimee Minor leads the way with 10 plunks, followed by Megan Owen and Kristen Rivera who have been pegged seven times each.
FIVE BLASTS VS. THE BOILERMAKERS: The Huskies had a banner day versus Purdue on March 3. En route to an 11-0 romp, Washington broke two school records, including most home runs by a team (five) and most home runs by an individual with three by Kristen Rivera. Jaime Clark hit the other two home runs against the Boilermakers.
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 735-357-1 all-time record, which ranks 16th on the active coaches' list for most victories.
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.
IN THE POLLS: The No. 8 Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 124 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 69 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 107 poll datings, a streak that began with the preseason poll in 1996.
Washington improved one position in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate top 25 poll on May 13 to No. 6.
PAC-10 HONORS: Kristen Rivera has received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice this season. Her first weekly award was on March 4 for her .571 showing (8-for-14) at the Worth Invitational. The weekend was highlighted by her three home run performance versus Purdue, which set a Husky single-game record. Rivera also received the award on March 25 for leading the Huskies to the Capital Classic title with a .471 (8-for-17) average. Over the five games, she hit two doubles, two home runs and drove in eight RBIs.
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.
WEATHER WOES: The Huskies crisscrossed the country during the first eight weeks of the season to play quality opponents in good weather. What UW found, however, was five weekends of wind, rain and mud. The rain also washed out a Pac-10 game vs. Oregon State on April 13. Listed below are the games affected by inclement weather this season.
CAPITAL CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Washington won the Capital Classic championship with a perfect 4-0 record (Mar. 21-23). The Huskies defeated host Sac State, Illinois, Morehead State and Utah to be the only team to finish the tourney with an unblemished record. UW out scored its opponents 27-9 en route to the tournament title. Rita Roach was named to the all-tournament team as she led the squad with a .583 (7-for-12) average and six runs scored. Dena Tyson also led UW from the plate, hitting .545 (6-for-11), including a double and two home runs. The weekend was highlighted by Ashley's Boek's no-hitter over Morehead State (Mar. 22). It marked the second no-hitter for Boek and the 21st in Washington history.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 16-player Washington roster includes 13 returning letterwinners and eight returning starters. The 2003 team includes six juniors, five sophomores, three freshmen and two seniors. Nine players hail from California, six from Washington and one from Oregon.
PERFECT AT NFCA LEADOFF CLASSIC: Despite rain that cancelled bracket play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Washington did play and sweep its three scheduled pool games. The Huskies defeated No. 16 South Carolina 2-1, No. 15 Michigan 5-3 and Temple 4-3 to win Pool 6. Kathy Fiske and Kristen Rivera were named to the all-tournament team for their tremendous efforts at the plate and on defense.
Fiske went 6-for-10 (.600) with a .900 slugging percentage. She drove in both of Washington's runs in the 2-1 win over No. 16 South Carolina, going 2-for-3 with a double. She followed up that performance with a 3-for-4 showing in the 5-3 win over No. 15 Michigan, including a double and three runs scored. Fiske finished the tournament going 1-for-3 with another double in UW's 4-3 win over Temple. She was perfect from the field, making 8-of-8 plays from third base.
Rivera, Washington designated player and catcher, hit .625 (5-for-8) with a 1.000 slugging percentage. She was 2-for-5 against South Carolina and Michigan, while also drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch. Against Temple, Rivera went 3-for-3, driving in two runs and hitting a solo home run in the 4-3 victory.
Washington was one of only three teams to have two players named to the all-tournament team, joining Stanford and tournament champion Massachusetts.
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 to claim the tournament championship.
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.
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 (Feb. 15) ... scored a run against Purdue (Mar. 2) ... went 1-for-1 with a run scored versus Hofstra (Mar. 6) ... drew a walk, a sacrifice hit and scored two runs in the win over Ball State (Mar. 7) ... recorded her first start of the season at first base versus Western Washington (April 22) ... singled vs. Iowa (May 18) in the Regional Championship game ... has 33 putouts on the season.
Ashley Boek, Sophomore, P: Boasts a 18-4 record this season ... has struck out 171 batters in 158 innings pitched ... named the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic Most Outstanding Pitcher, posting three wins and a save ... struck out 10 in her season debut against Oklahoma State (Feb. 7) ... defeated No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) 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 ... punched out 10 batters against Hofstra (Mar. 6) ... tossed a one-hitter versus Hawaii (Mar. 13) at the Kia Klassic, while striking out a career-high 12 batters ... threw her second career no-hitter against Morehead State (Mar. 22), while fanning 12 ... shutout No. 12 Stanford, while punching out eight (Mar. 29) ... notched the 3-1 win over Oregon State with five strikeouts ... fanned 10 batters in the shutout victory against Western Washington (April 22) ... struck out eight batters versus Oregon (May 4) in six innings of relief ... notched a win over Creighton (May 15) with five strikeouts in the first round of the Regional Tournament.
Tia Bollinger, Junior, P: Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (Mar. 4) ... is 27-9 on the season with five saves and a 1.33 ERA ... has fanned 204 batters in 241.2 innings pitched ... tallied a save in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) ...struck out 11 in the 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State (Feb. 9), while walking none ...defeated No. 16 South Carolina (Feb. 21) and Temple (Feb. 22) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... gave up just one run in three games at the Worth Invitational ... tossed a shutout over Northwestern (Mar. 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 (Mar. 6) ... held No. 4 Texas to just one earned run (Mar. 13) ... notched eight strikeouts vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Klassic (Mar. 14) ... recorded three wins en route to the Capital Classic title (Mar. 21-23) ... became the Pac-10 and school's all-time career saves leader (11) with a save versus Arizona State (April 5) ... struck out nine ASU batters en route to a 1-0 victory (April 6) ... shutout Oregon (April 11) behind a three hit, one strikeout performance ... tallied a save versus Oregon State (April 12) ... shutout Oregon State (April 14) with six strikeouts ... tossed her eighth shutout of the season with a 6-0 decision over Western Washington (April 22) behind a two-hit, six-strikeout performance ... threw a one-hit shutout versus Arizona State (May 9), striking out six ... recorded the 7-1 victory over No. 1-ranked Arizona (May 10) ... threw three consecutive shutouts at the Regional Tournament to earn Co-MVP honors ... her 12 career saves ties for 14th in the all-time NCAA chart.
Jaime Clark, Senior, SS: Has started all 61 games at short stop ... has recorded 16 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games ... one of 45 players invited to USA Softball National Team Camp ... hit .400 at the Arizona Pepsi Classic, including a double, home run and five RBIs ...is 24-for-27 in stolen base attempts, including three against Northwestern (Feb. 15) ... ranks third on the team with 48 RBIs ... went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in UW's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State (Feb. 8) ... was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a RBI in the 8-0 win over FIU (Feb. 15) ... hit a home run and a triple in the 4-3 victory over Temple (Feb. 22)... went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI against Pacific (Mar. 1) ... became the school's all-time runs leader with a pair of runs versus Hawaii (Mar. 1) ... hit 3-for-3 with two home runs in the 11-0 romp of Purdue (Mar. 2), 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 (Mar. 8), including a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs ... hit 2-for-3 vs. Utah (Mar. 22) with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs ... went 3-for-4 against Utah State (Mar. 23) with two runs scored and a double ... homered against Oregon State (April 12) ... tied the UW career RBI record with her 227th versus UCLA on April 18 ... went 4-for-6 versus Western Washington in a double header, scoring five runs and blasting a double and triple for a 1.167 slugging percentage ... set the school's all-time career RBI record with her 228th RBI versus Oregon (May 3) to cap off a 2-for-5 performance that included a home run and a double ... her 242 career RBIs ranks sixth on the NCAA charts ... hit 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in game one of the Arizona doubleheader (May 10) ... went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBIs, a double and a home run in the nightcap against Arizona ... named to the All-Regional team after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs ... led the team at regionals with seven hits and seven RBIs ... has hit 16 home runs this season ... her 72 career home runs ranks fifth on the NCAA list.
Kathy Fiske, Sophomore, 3B: Has started 60 games at third base ... missed one start due to injury ... ranks second on the team with a .326 average, including 13 doubles and 11 home runs ... has driven in 44 RBIs ... earned all-tournament honors at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ...went 3-for-4 against Louisville (Feb. 8) ... hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs in victories over Santa Clara (Feb. 9) and Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... notched three RBIs in 5-5 tie with Minnesota (Feb. 16) ... 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 (Feb. 21) ... went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21)... hit 2-for-4 in 9-1 win over Pacific (Mar. 1) with four RBIs ... hit a three-run home run after being intentionally walked to by Hofstra (Mar. 6) ... notched four RBIs in that game ... went 2-for-3 versus Temple (Mar. 8), including a double and a home run ... went 2-for-3 in wins over Hawaii and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Klassic (Mar. 13) ... hit 3-for-3 against Morehead State (Mar. 22) with a double, two RBIs and scored a run ... went 2-for-4 versus Utah (Mar. 22) with a home run and two RBIs ... hit 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against Oregon State (April 14) ... hit a RBI double in the 6-0 victory over Western Washington (April 22) ... hit two-RBI single in game one of the Arizona doubleheader (May 10) ... went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the nightcap ... homered against Creighton (May 15) in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament ... went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs score versus Iowa (May 17) in the semifinal.
Amy Hanson, Junior, C: Has started 37 games, including 24 behind the plate, 12 as the designated hitter and one at first base ... has thrown out six potential base stealers this season and has picked off one ... has six sacrifice hits to rank second on the squad...went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Washington's 12-3 win over Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... hit 1-for-3 with a doubles versus Morehead State (Mar. 22) ... went 1-for-1 with a RBI against Utah State (Mar. 23) ... hit 1-for-2 versus Cal (Mar. 28) ... had a two-RBI single versus Iowa (May 18) in the Regional Championship.
Sarah Hyatt, Freshman, 1B: Has started 60 games, including 59 at first base and one at third base ... hit .667 (8-for-12) at the Arizona Pepsi Classic ... hit her first career home run in the win over Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored against Arkansas ... recorded three hits in 8-0 romp of Florida International (Feb. 14) ... went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in the 5-3 win over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) ... homered in the 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State (Feb. 28)... had a stretch of six consecutive hits at the Speedline Invitational ... hit two home runs versus North Carolina (Mar.8) ... hit a home run against Illinois (Mar. 21) ... went 1-for-2 with a double and scored a run versus Morehead State (Mar. 22) ... hit 1-for-3 with a RBI against Utah ... went 1-for-2 with a double versus Cal (Mar. 28) ... hit the game-winning home run against Arizona State with a sixth-inning two-run home run (April 5) ... hit the game-winner with an eighth inning three-run home run versus California (April 27) ... went 2-for-3 against Oregon (May 4) and scored a run ... went 2-for-4 versus Arizona in game one of a doubleheader ... hit 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored in the nightcap ... notched a RBI and scored a run in the Regional Championship game versus Iowa (May 18).
Courtney Jeffries, Junior, OF: Has played in 28 games, starting six in left field and seven as the designated player ... went 1-for-3 in the 5-4 win over Oklahoma State (Feb. 7) ... also hit 1-for-3 in the 8-0 victory over Florida International (Feb. 14) ... singled as a pinch hitter in the Portland State game (Feb. 28)... went 1-for-2 with a RBI against Temple (Mar. 8) ... hit a RBI double off the left field wall versus WWU (April 22) ... singled in the 7-1 win over Arizona ... had a RBI-single against Creighton (May 15) in the first round of the Regional Tournament ... scored a run against Iowa (May 19) in the Regional Championship.
Aimee Minor, Freshman, OF: Has started 57 games, including 49 in right field and eight 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 (Feb. 14) ... hit a home run versus Northwestern (Feb. 15) ... hit 1-for-2 against Hofstra (Mar. 6) with a run scored and two stolen bases ... broke up a no-hitter with a solo home run versus Stanford (Mar. 9) ... went 3-for-4 versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) at the Kia Klassic, including a home run off Cat Osterman ... hit 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in the victory over Illinois (Mar. 21) ... hit a two-run double versus Oregon (April 11) ... went 2-for-4 against Oregon State (April 14) ... hit a two-RBI single against Western Washington (April 22) ... went 2-for-5 vs. Oregon (May 3), including a double ... hit 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored, two doubles and a triple against No. 1-ranked Arizona in game two of a doubleheader (May 10) ... went 2-for-3 against Iowa (May 17) in the Regional semifinal with a double, two RBIs and a run scored ... hit 2-for-4 against Iowa (May 18) in the Regional Championship with one RBI ... leads the team with 10 hit by pitches.
Amanda Oleson, Junior, 2B: Has started all 61 games at second base ... is 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts ... went 3-for-4 with a RBI in the 3-0 win over Portland State (Feb. 28) ... went 1-for-3 with a double against Northwestern (Mar. 7) ... hit .500 (5-for-10) at the Kia Klassic, including 2-for-4 performances versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 14) ... notched a RBI in each of those games ... went 2-for-4 with one run scored against No. 12 Stanford (Mar. 29) ... hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored in won over Oregon (April 11) ... notched two hits and scored three runs in 7-0 romp over Oregon State (April 14) ... had a RBI-single in the win over Western Washington (April 22) ... hit 1-for-3 with a RBI-single versus Oregon State (May 2) ... went 2-for-5 against Oregon (May 3) with a two-RBI triple and single ... hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI versus the Ducks (May 4) ... went 2-for-4 with a run scored versus Arizona State (May 9) ... hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored in game one of the Arizona doubleheader ... went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the nightcap ...hit a RBI-double against Mississippi State (May 16) at the Regional Tournament ... also hit a RBI single versus Iowa (May 18) in the Championship game.
Megan Owen, Junior, OF: Has started 27 games, including 11 in right field, eight in centerfield and eight as designated hitter ... scored both runs in UW's 2-1 win over Northwestern (Feb. 15) ... also went 2-for-2 against the Wildcats ...was 1-for-1 versus No. 16 South Carolina (Feb. 21) ... hit 1-for-3 with a RBI in the 5-3 victory over No. 15 Michigan (Feb. 21) ... hit 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Hofstra (Mar. 6) ... hit 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI versus Northwestern (Mar. 7) ... hit her first collegiate home run versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) ... went 1-for-1 with a double and scored the game-winner against Arizona State (April 6) ... hit 1-for-1 against Western Washington (April 22) and stole her first base of the season ... hit a RBI-double against Oregon (May 4) and scored a run.
Kristen Rivera, Sophomore, C: Has started all 61 games, including 37 at catcher and 24 as designated player ... leads team with a .399 batting average and 24 home runs ... also leads the team with 70 RBIs and a .865 slugging percentage ... named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week (Mar. 4) for her .571 (8-for-14) performance at the Worth Invitational ... two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week (Mar. 4 and 25) ... named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament at the Hawaii Chevron Paradise Classic ... top-25 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award ... one of 45 players invited to USA Softball National Team Camp ... was 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Santa Clara (Feb. 9) ... posted three hits and a RBI in Washington's 3-2 win over Oklahoma State (Feb. 9)... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in 12-3 victory over Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... 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 (Mar. 22) ... hit 2-for-3 against Northwestern (Mar. 1) and Pacific (Mar. 1) with three RBIs and a run scored in each ... was 3-for-3 with three home runs against Purdue (Mar. 2) to set a school record ... notched five RBIs against Purdue ... scored two runs versus Hofstra (Mar. 6) ... hit a home run against North Carolina (Mar. 8) ... hit home runs versus Hawaii (Mar. 13) and No. 9 Cal State Fullerton Mar. 14) at the Kia Klassic ... went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run versus Illinois (Mar. 21) ... hit 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBIs against Utah State (Mar. 23) ... belted two doubles in two at-bats with four RBIs versus No. 12 Stanford (Mar. 29) ... blasted a two-run home run against Oregon (April 11) ... tallied a home run and three RBIs in 7-0 win over Oregon State (April 14) ... went 5-for-8 in the double header versus Western Washington ... belted two home runs against the WWU Vikings and recorded six RBIs ... went 2-for-4 versus Oregon State (May 2) ... hit a RBI-double against Oregon (May 4) ... went 2-for-4 versus Arizona State (May 9) ... hit 2-for-3 with a double and RBI in first game of Arizona doubleheader (May 10) ... went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, five RBIs, a double and two home runs in the UA nightcap ... named Region No. 5 Co-MVP after leading the team with a .500 average (5-for-10), three home runs and a 1.400 slugging percentage ... went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, four RBIs and two home runs in the regional semifinal versus Iowa (May 17) ... her 24 home runs this season ties the school's single-season record.
Rita Roach, Junior, OF: Has started 52 games in centerfield ... 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 (Feb. 9) ... was 1-for-1 in 2-1 victory over No. 20 Ohio State (Feb. 28) ... picked the potential go-ahead run at home plate from centerfield in the seventh inning against Massachusetts (Mar. 6) ... recorded a RBI in the win over Ball State (Mar. 7) ... singled and scored a run versus North Carolina (Mar. 8) ... named to the Capital Classic all-tournament team after leading the team with a .583 (7-for-12) average ... notched two hits in three consecutive games, including wins over Illinois (Mar. 21), Morehead State (Mar. 22) and Utah (Mar. 22) ... went 2-for-4 versus Western Washington (April 22) with a run scored ... hit 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored versus Oregon (May 3) ... went 2-for-3 with a RBI-double against Oregon (May 4) ... hit 2-for-4 with a stolen base against Arizona State (May 9) ... went 2-for-4 against No. 1 Arizona in game one of a doubleheader ... hit 2-for-3 in nightcap with a RBI and run scored ... went 2-for-3 with a run score in the regional semifinal against Iowa (May 17) ... her 15 sacrifice hits ties the UW single-season record.
Traci Tawney, Senior, OF: Has appeared in 47 games as a pinch runner and outfielder with one start in right field ... singled versus Santa Clara (Feb. 9) ... scored a run and stole two bases against No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13)... scored a run versus Illinois (Mar. 21) ... went 1-for-1 against Utah State (Mar. 23) with a stolen base ... scored the game-winner versus California (April 27) on Sarah Hyatt's eighth inning home run ... scored a run versus Arizona State (May 9) ... scored a run in the NCAA Regional Tournament vs. Mississippi State (May 16) ... has stolen four bases in four attempts this season and has scored 12 runs.
Dena Tyson, Freshman, OF: Has started 54 games in left field, one in centerfield and one as the designated player ... blasted a home run in her first collegiate at-bat ... hit a double against Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... went 5-for-12 (.471) at the Worth Invitational, including two doubles, a home run and three RBIs ... was 2-for-3 against Northwestern (Mar. 1) ... hit 1-for-2 against Pacific (Mar. 1) and Purdue (Mar. 2) ... 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 (Mar. 7) ... went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs against Temple (Mar. 8) ... drew two walks and scored two runs versus No. 4 Texas (Mar. 13) ... hit .545 (6-for-11) at the Capital Classic with two home runs and five runs scored ... went 1-for-3 with a home run versus Sac State (Mar. 21) ... hit 2-for-2 against Morehead State (Mar. 22) ... went 2-for-4 versus Utah (Mar. 22) with a double, home run and two runs scored ... hit a home run and notched two RBIs in win over Oregon (April 11) ... blasted a home run in the following game at Oregon State (April 12) with two RBIs ... went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles against Western Washington (April 22) ... notched a sacrifice fly versus California (April 27) ... went 2-for-2 versus Arizona State (May 9) ... homered in 7-1 win over Arizona (May 10) to open a doubleheader ... went 2-for-5 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored in the UA nightcap ... hit a two-RBI double against Mississippi State (May 16) at the regional tournament to break open a 0-0 sixth inning tie ... went 1-for-3 against Iowa (May 17) in the regional semifinal with a RBI double and run scored ... singled and scored a run in the Regional Championship versus Iowa (May 18).
Jessica Wilkinson, Sophomore, C: Redshirting this season ... had only career at-bat in the team's 6-0 victory over San Diego State (Feb. 3, 2002) at the Early Bird Classic.
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