Softball Will Face Arizona In WCWS Second Round

May 23, 2003

With the 3-1 win over Oklahoma in the first round, the Huskies improve to 47-14-1 on the season and 42-16 in the postseason (13-8 WCWS/ 30-8 Regionals). The records span 10 years of postseason play.

Washington is 6-0 in College World Series openers, including wins over Princeton (1996), South Carolina (1997), Massachusetts (1998), Arizona State (1999), DePaul (2000) and Oklahoma (2003).

Jaime Clark's home run in the fourth inning versus the Sooners was her 17th of the season. Her 73 career home runs ranks fifth on the NCAA career charts

Clark has hit two home runs at the College World Series including her first CWS at-bat in 2000 versus DePaul and yesterday's shot against OU.

The Huskies are 5-0 in postseason play this season and have outscored their opponents 38-2.

Tia Bollinger (28-9) gave up her first run of the postseason yesterday against the Sooners. In five appearances this postseason, Bollinger has maintained a team-low 0.29 earned run average and has struck out 17 batters in 24 innings. She has walked just two batters and given up 11 hits. Bollinger has limited her opponents to a .131 average and only two extra-base hits (1 double, 1 home run).

Jaime Clark leads the Huskies with eight RBIs and seven runs scored this postseason. She has hit a double and three home runs in 18 at-bats and has a 1.056 slugging percentage.

Kristen Rivera leads UW with a 1.167 postseason slugging percentage. She has belted three home runs and has driven in six runs. Rivera has also drawn six walks in those five games for a .611 on-base percentage

Amanda Oleson's two-RBI double against Oklahoma was just her six extra-base hit of the season (5 doubles, 1 triple). The game-winning hit scored two runs to bring her season RBI total to 16. Ten of those RBIs have come with two outs.

Jaime Clark and Amanda Oleson each boast a four-game hitting streak.

Washington is out hitting its postseason opponents 37-15. Clark leads the way with seven hits, followed by Kristen Rivera (six), Kathy Fiske (five) and Dena Tyson (four).

The Huskies have showed great discipline at the plate during the postseason, drawing 28 walks in six games. The UW pitching staff, however, has only issued four walks.

Rita Roach has been key to advancing runners throughout the postseason. Roach has advanced runners eight times in 11 chances (.727). Sarah Hyatt has also been instrumental, moving runners five times in seven chances (.714).

Washington has notched 17 two-out RBIs during the postseason, including four apiece by Kristen Rivera and Jaime Clark. The Huskies have not allowed a two-out RBI this postseason.

UW is hitting .333 (3-for-9) with the bases loaded this postseason. Aimee Minor is 1-for-1, while Jaime Clark and Dena Tyson are 1-for-2. Washington's defense has held its opposition to a .000 (0-for-3) average with the bases juiced.

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 were 28 against Stanford in 1993.

Arizona leads Washington in the all-time series 39-15. The Wildcats and Huskies have played four times at the WCWS with UA winning three of four.

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