Softball Opens NCAA Tournament Thursday vs. Chattanooga
May 17, 2004
THIS WEEK: The Washington softball team (36-17) earned a No. 1 seed at the 2004 NCAA Regional Tournament in Athens, Ga. The Huskies, who are seeded eighth overall among the 64-team field, will open postseason play against No. 8 seed Chattanooga (45-23) on Thursday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. (PST). The winner of the double elimination regional will be the No. 8 seed at the College World Series, May 26-31 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Washington is aiming for its seventh trip to the College World Series after advancing last year and tying for a fifth place national finish. Joining UW and Chattanooga at the double-elimination regional are No. 2 seed and host Georgia (51-14), No. 3 seed Georgia Tech (45-17), No. 4 seed Texas A&M (32-20), No. 5 seed Michigan State (33-23), No. 6 seed Massachusetts (33-15) and No. 7 seed Eastern Kentucky (41-15). All games can be followed via radio on KKNW 1150 AM and online at www.gohuskies.com using Gametracker.
Pos. Player, Year AVG./HR/RBI Notes
C - Kristen Rivera, Jr. .394/17/46 Led Pac-10 in slugging and on-base percentage
1B - Sarah Hyatt, So. .229/12/44 Her 12 home runs rank eighth in the Pac-10
2B - Dominique Lastrapes, Fr. .346/0/16 Leads team with 62 hits, second with 35 runs and nine doubles
SS - Amanda Oleson, Sr. .282/1/15 Leads team with 12 stolen bases
3B - Kathy Fiske, Jr. .262/7/25 Led UW hitters in Pac-10 games with 15 RBIs, 5 HRs and .317 BA
OF - Rita Roach, Sr. .246/0/4 Leads team with 11 sacrifice hits
Aimee Minor, So. .260/2/18 Has 13 extra-base hits, including nine doubles and two triples
Courtney Jeffries, Sr. .205/2/15 Hits .538 with a runner on third and less than two outs
DP/OF- Dena Tyson, So. .234/2/23 Hits .500 as the leadoff
Pos. Player, Year ERA/K/W-L Notes
P - Ashley Boek, Jr. 1.75/251/25-11 Threw her 10th shutout of the season vs. UCLA on May 5th
P - Tia Bollinger, Sr. 2.78/113/11-6 Set the UW career record with 124th start last week
UW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Huskies are making their 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Washington has a 42-18 record in those games (29-8 Regionals/ 13-10 CWS) and has advanced to the College World Series six times, most recently in 2003, when it tied for fifth place. UW was national runner-up n 1996 and 1999.
CONSECUTIVE NCAA APPEARANCES: Washington's 11-straight regional appearances ties with Oklahoma for the fourth-longest active string in NCAA softball. Here's a look at the top eight streaks.
1. Fresno State 23 1982-present
2. California* 19 1986-present
3. Arizona* 18 1987-present
4. Washington* 11 1994-present
Oklahoma 11 1994-present
6. Massachusetts 10 1995-present
Michigan* 10 1995-present
Nebraska 10 1995-present
* indicates 2004 No. 1 seed
SCOUTING GEORGIA: Georgia (51-15, 20-10 SEC) enters the regional tournament as the No. 2 seed after holding the No. 10 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs, an at-large selection, are led by All-Americans Kim Weber and Nicole Barber. Weber leads the team with a .437 batting average, 20 doubles and 65 runs batted in. Barber bats .412 and leads the team with 93 hits, 64 runs, eight triples and 55 stolen bases. Georgia out hit its regular season opponents .326-.183 and out scored its opponents 376-126. The team is led by a trio of pitchers that have each tallied 17 wins. Kasi Carroll (17-6) boasts a 1.43 ERA, while Katie Griffith (17-5) has a 1.94 ERA. Michelle Green (17-4) maintains a 1.51 ERA and has struck out 231 batters in 143 innings. Combined, the Georgia pitching staff has thrown 28 shutouts this season.
SCOUTING GEORGIA TECH: Georgia Tech (45-17, 5-5 ACC) earned the No. 3 seed and at-large bid after losing to Florida State in the ACC Championship (3-1). The Yellow Jackets, who received votes in the last NFCA top 25 poll, are making their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They are 4-7 against teams ranked in the top 25 with four of those loses coming to Florida State. Georgia Tech's top 25 wins were against No. 9 Louisiana Lafayette (4-1), No. 14 Nebraska (1-0) and No. 16 Fresno State (9-1). The Yellow Jackets out hit their regular season opponents .266-.167 and out scored their opponents 259-89. Georgia Tech has just on player hitting above .300 in Tara Knudsen. Knudsen hits .404 and leads the team with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. Liz Bartle ranks second on the team with a .293 clip, 11 doubles and six home runs. The Yellow Jackets have a two member pitching staff, led by Jessica Sallinger (29-8) with a 0.75 ERA and 319 strikeouts in 214.1 innings. Erin Voeltz (16-9) has a 1.00 ERA and averages nearly one strikeout per inning. Twenty-eight of Georgia Tech's victories have come via shutout while the Yellow Jackets were shutout just five times.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M (32-20, 13-3 Big 12) enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Aggies, an at-large team, are making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and their third in a row. TAMU has advanced to the regional final each of the last two seasons and has played in five WCWS, winning national titles in 1983 and 1987. The Aggies out hit their regular season opponents .267-.203 and out scored their opponents 204-117. They are led by Sharonda McDonald with a .333 average, 46 RBIs and 43 stolen bases in 49 attempts. Jana James boasts a .304 clip with seven doubles, four home runs and 29 RBIs, while Adrian Gregory hits .275 with 15 extra-base hits. Her seven home runs and 29 RBIs lead the team. Jessi Kapchinski headlines the pitching staff with a 17-8 record, 0.99 ERA, 10 shutouts and 166 strikeouts in 162.2 innings pitched. Washington defeated the Aggies 4-2 on Feb. 14 at the Fiesta Bowl Classic. Sarah Hyatt homered for UW, while Courtney Jeffries and Dena Tyson hit RBI-singles. Tia Bollinger picked up the win as she held TAMU to two hits and struck out eight. The Huskies also defeated the Aggies on Mar. 18 at the Kia Klassis. Kristen Rivera homered in the win and Dominique Lastrapes, Aimee Minor and Tyson each tallied RBIs. Ashley Boek earned the win as she scattered three hits over four innings, while striking out six.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE: Michigan State (34-24, 8-12 Big 10) enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed . The Spartans earned the automatic berth after winning the Big 10 Conference Championship and are making their fourth appearance overall in the NCAA Tournament and second in a row. MSU out hit its opponents .304-.266 in the regular season and out scored its opponents 270-215. Three players are hitting above .300, including Natalie Furrow (.400), Dayna Feenstra (.370) and Jessica Beech (.351). Furrow leads the team with 21 doubles and 48 RBIs, while her six home runs rank second. Feenstra has logged 13 doubles, four home runs and her 42 RBIs rank second on the team. Beech has 15 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBIs. Beech also headlines Michigan State's pitching staff with a 27-14 record, 2.12 ERA and eight shutouts. She has appeared in 49 of MSU's 58 games, making 37 starts in the circle.
SCOUTING MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts (33-15, 11-1 Atlantic-10), an at-large selection, is seeded sixth at the Athens Regional. The Minutewomen are making their 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their 10th straight. UMass has advanced to the College World Series three times, placing as high as 3rd in 1992. They are 1-4 against top 25 teams this season with a 4-2 victory over Notre Dame. Three players have .300-plus averages, including Hilary Puglia (.329), Aisha Franke (.308) and Katie Jo Kelley (.302). Puglia leads the team with nine doubles, while adding five home runs and 28 runs batted in. Kelley leads the squad with 13 home runs, 39 RBIs and 33 walks. The Minutewomen have a pair of aces in the pitching circle, including Kelli Arnold out of Kalama, Wash. Arnold has a 19-6 record, 1.62 ERA and limits her opponents to a .193 batting average. Jenna Busa has a 13-8 record with a 1.96 ERA. The Huskies defeated UMass 5-2 on Feb. 15 at the Fiesta Bowl Classic. Dena Tyson hit a three-run home run for UW, while Kristen Rivera added a solo shot. Tia Bollinger earned the win as she held the Minutewomen to three hits and struck out 10.
SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky (41-15, 22-4 OVC) was an automatic selection as it captured the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title. A No. 7 seed, EKU is making its second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after advancing to postseason play in 2002. The Colonels out hit their regular season opponents .292-.231 and out scored their opponents 241-132. The team has four players hitting .300 or above, headlined by Kelli Bromley (.367), Diana Barreras (.333), Jennifer Norris (.329) and Adriel Foxley (.316). Foxley leads the squad with 37 RBIs and eight home runs, while Barreras has collected 21 stolen bases in 23 attempts. The five member pitching staff is led by Kelsey Anderson (18-9) and Kindal Kincaid (15-5). Anderson has a 1.64 ERA and has notched 10 shutouts, while Kincaid boasts a 1.65 ERA and has thrown three shutouts.
SCOUTING CHATTANOOGA: Chattanooga (45-23, 16-4 SoCon) picks up the No. 8 seed at the tournament after winning the Southern Conference Tournament championship and automatic bid. The Lady Mocs are making their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and have an overall record of 4-8 in postseason play. Chattanooga out hit its regular season opponents .261-.238 and out scored its opponents 216-170. The Lady Mocs are 1-4 against top 25 teams this season, defeating Iowa 1-0. The team is led by Melissa Ramirez with a .371 average, 17 doubles and 51 RBIs. Teri Herbert has also been an offensive contributor, hitting .295 with eight triples and two home runs. Lacey Swarthout (28-17) anchors the pitching staff with a 1.70 ERA, including 10 shutouts and six saves.
THE LONG BALL: Washington has belted 43 home runs this season, 11 of which have been the game-winning hit. Seven Huskies have hit at least one home run, led by Kristen Rivera with 17 and Sarah Hyatt with 12.
BOEK IN THE BOOKS: Ashley Boek has struck out 251 batters this season to rank third on the UW all-time season list. Boek is just nine K's away from the No. 2 spot, currently held by Tia Bollinger, who struck out 260 batters in 2001. The school record for most strikeouts in a season was set by Jennifer Spediacci in 2000 with 316.
FISKE BREAKS INTO TOP 10 RBI LIST: With the game-winning home run against UCLA on May 5, Kathy Fiske notched her 100th career RBI to break into the school's top 10 career list. Fiske's career RBI total now sits at 102 and ranks eighth all-time. She needs just two more RBIs to tie Heather Tarr for the No. 8 position.
ON THE VERGE: Aimee Minor needs just one more sacrifice to enter the UW top 10 season chart (9) ... she is also one triple away from the career top 10 list ...Amanda Oleson needs four runs to rank 10th on the career chart ... Ashley Boek needs two complete games to tie for the UW season record (31).
BOLLINGER REWRITES RECORD BOOKS: Senior pitcher Tia Bollinger has pitched more innings (838) and made more starts (124) than any other Husky in school history. Bollinger also holds career records for saves (12) and season records for saves (7), games started (39), wins (36) and innings pitched (287.0).
OLESON SHOWS VERSATILITY: Senior Amanda Oleson became the first Husky to ever play all nine positions at Washington. Oleson, who is Washington's starting shortstop this season, set the record when she started the April 22 nightcap against Portland State behind the plate. Former Husky, Becky Newbry, played all positions but catcher during her tenure from 1996-99.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME STREAK CONTINUES: With a pair of wins over Portland State (5-1 and 10-1) the Huskies maintain their unbeaten streak at home vs. non-conference opponents. Washington is 54-0 all-time at home vs. teams outside of the Pac-10 Conference.
FULL HOUSE: Washington's game against UCLA on April 10 was sold out with 1,416 fans. The Huskies pulled 10,628 fans through its gates over 13 home dates for an average of 817 fans per game. Last season, Washington averaged 727 fans per game, which ranked fourth-best nationwide.
FAST PAC-10 START: UW's 6-1 league start marks its best start since the 2000 season when it was 9-1 and its second-best conference start ever. The Huskies finished fifth overall with a 10-10 record.
FREE RIDE: Kristen Rivera has drawn 45 walks this season- more than double of any other Husky. Her 45 free trips led the Pac-10 and place her third on Washington's career chart with 103 walks. Last season she walked just 29 times.
BOEK NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Ashley Boek was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 12 for leading Washington to a pair of victories over No. 2 UCLA. On April 9, Boek threw all seven innings, scattering four hits, striking out six and allowing just one earned run. Boek entered Saturday's game in relief in the fifth inning with two runners on base and no outs. Although two runners did cross the plate, Boek kept the game in reach. After a fifth inning rally by Washington, Boek struck out five of the next six Bruins to earn her second win of the weekend. Boek gave up just one extra-base hit against UCLA in 38 at-bats and held the Bruins to a .105 average. For the weekend, she boasted a 0.70 ERA, allowing just one run over 10 innings with 11 strikeouts.
RIVERA NAMED TOP 10 FINALIST FOR COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Two-time All-America Kristen Rivera was one of 10 finalists for the 2004 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Last season, Rivera was a top 10 finalist. Senior pitcher Tia Bollinger, a two-time All-American, was among the initial top 40 watch list at the beginning of this season.
GRAND SLAMS SINK OPPONENTS: Three UW players have hit grand slams this season, including two by Sarah Hyatt. Hyatt had the hits in wins over Texas (Feb. 27) and Portland State (Apr. 22). Kristen Rivera hit a grand slam against Arizona State (Apr. 3) and Kathy Fiske hit one against Arizona State (Apr. 4). The grand slams marked the third of Fiske's career, second of Hyatt's and first of Rivera's. The UW record for career grand slams is four, set by Jenny Topping in 2000. That season, the Huskies combined for six grand slams- the most of any UW team in school history.
MINOR NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aimee Minor was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Mar. 23 after leading Washington to the Kia Klassic Championship. Minor had a .533 (8-for-15) batting average and seven RBIs in five games. She boasted a 1.133 slugging percentage, including a double, triple and two home runs. Against Texas A&M on March 18, Minor had two hits and helped the Huskies get off to a fast start as she singled and scored a run in the first inning. The run proved to be all the Huskies would need, as they beat the Aggies 5-0. Minor saved her best game of the weekend for the championship game against No. 1 Arizona. Minor led Washington to a 7-6 upset of the top-ranked Wildcats as she was 3-for-3, including a double and two home runs. She knocked in six of the Huskies seven runs, as Washington ended Arizona's 34-game win streak.
HITTING IT DEEP: With a three-run shot against Arizona State on March 13, Kristen Rivera collected her 50th career home run. Her career total now stands at 58, which ranks second on the UW chart. She trails three-time All-American Jaime Clark by 15 home runs. Clark holds the UW record with 73 home runs from 2000-03. Rivera, whose 17 home runs ranked second in the Pac-10, hit a solo home run against San Diego State in her first at-bat of the year. Rivera has hit two home runs in the same game twice this season, including three-run and two-run shots against Army on Feb. 27 and a grand slam and solo shot against Arizona State (Apr. 3). The grand slam marked the first of Rivera's collegiate career. Last season, Rivera set the UW season record with 25 home runs, which tied for the national lead.
TWO OUT RALLY: Freshman Robyn Wike has driven in 12 runs this season and eight of those have been with two outs. Wike hit in the game-winner against Northwestern in extra-innings on Mar. 26 with two outs. Sophomore Sarah Hyatt leads the team with 11 two out RBIs.
IN THE CLUTCH: Sophomore Dena Tyson had the game-winning hit in three games at the Kia Klassic, Mar. 18-21. She has driven in eight game-winners this season to lead the team. Sarah Hyatt is second on the team with six game-winners.
BOEK BLANKS THE COMPETITION: Ashley Boek tossed her 10th shutout of the season on May 5 vs. UCLA. Her 10 shutouts lead the team and surpasses her season shutout total of seven from last season. Boek has blanked her opponents 10 times in 40 appearances and leads the team with a 25-11 record, 1.75 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 239.2 innings.
NATIONAL RANKING: The Huskies are ranked seventh in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll release on May 12. The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll in each of the last 139 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 122 poll datings, a streak that began with the preseason poll in 1996. Washington is ranked No. 8 in the May 11 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate top 25 poll.
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: Senior Rita Roach leads the team with 11 sacrifice hits. Last season, Roach tied the Husky single-season record with 15 sacrifices. Aimee Minor ranks second on the squad with eight sacrifices.
HYATT HITS 'EM IN: Sophomore Sarah Hyatt ranks second on the team with 44 RBIs and has had 10 multi-RBI games this season. Hyatt logged seven RBIs against Texas on Feb. 13 and five against Santa Clara on Mar. 12.
STREAKING START: Freshman Dominique Lastrapes made her collegiate debut with an 11 game hitting streak. She has notched a base hit in 38 of 53 games this season and has picked up 19 multi-hit games, including four games in which she recorded three hits.
HYATT HIGHLIGHTS WIN OVER TEXAS: Sophomore Sarah Hyatt stole the show in the 14-4 mercy-rule victory over 10th-ranked Texas on Feb. 14. Hyatt hit two home runs in the game, including a game-ending grand slam. She picked up seven RBIs to fall one short of the school record. Hyatt is just the eighth player to hit a grand slam at Washington.
HUSKIES OPEN STRONG: Washington had a 10-1 record after the first two weeks of the season to tie for the second-best start in the program's history. Last season, UW set the school record with a 19-0-1 start and the 2002 squad posted a 10-1 start to the season.
MERCY-MERCY ME: The Huskies have invoked the mercy-rule six times this season. UW forced game-ending scores against San Diego State (8-0 in five innings), Texas (14-4 in six), Syracuse (11-1 in five), Dayton (10-2 in five), Santa Clara (11-0 in five) and Wisconsin (11-0 in five).
HUSKIES WIN KIA KLASSIC: Washington won the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif., Mar. 18-21, defeating top-ranked and previously unbeaten Arizona 7-6 in the championship game. The Huskies swept through pool play, defeating No. 13 Pacific, Texas A&M and Princeton to receive a first round bye in the championship bracket. UW defeated seventh-ranked Oklahoma 1-0 in eight innings in the second round and advanced to the championship game when Florida State forfeited. In the championship, Aimee Minor went 3-for-3, including a double and a pair of two-run home runs with six RBIs to lift Washington to victory and hand Arizona its first loss of the season. Ashley Boek finished the tournament 4-0 with a save and a 0.68 ERA. She struck out 33 batters in 31 innings and held her opponents to a .183 batting average. Dena Tyson also had a solid weekend for the Huskies, driving in three game-winning runs.
NIST RECAP: The Huskies finished second at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., March 12-14, falling to third-ranked California 5-4 in the championship game. Washington defeated Iowa in the tournament opener before posting three consecutive shutouts against Santa Clara (11-0), Wisconsin (11-0) and No. 20 Arizona State (5-0). Junior hurler Ashley Boek pitched all five games for the Huskies, striking out 37 batters in 30 innings and allowing just four earned runs for a 0.93 ERA. Kristen Rivera led UW with a .545 (6-for-11) average, while driving in 10 runs. Sarah Hyatt tallied seven hits over the weekend with 11 RBIs and a .417 average. Dominique Lastrapes hit .462 with six hits and seven runs scored. She drove in three runs in the loss to Cal.
HUSKIES TOP CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Washington defeated the Canadian National Team 7-6 in eight innings on March 4 in an exhibition game. The Huskies collected 14 hits in the opener and overcame a three-run deficit to hand Team Canada its first loss of the season. The Huskies scored the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth on two hits. With Rita Roach starting the inning on second base, Team Canada intentionally walked Kristen Rivera. Callie Bergan followed with a single to the short stop and senior Amanda Oleson delivered the game-winner with a single into centerfield. Game two of the double header was halted due to darkness after two innings with the score knotted at 3-3.
NFCA LEADOFF CLASSIC RECAP: The Huskies went 2-3 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., Feb. 27-29. UW opened the tournament with wins over Texas and Army, before dropping three straight games to No. 11 Florida State, No. 12 LSU and Central Michigan. Kristen Rivera led the Huskies with a .364 average (4-for-11), including three home runs and eight runs batted in. Tia Bollinger tied her career-best strikeout performance against Central Michigan fanning 12. LSU and Florida State advanced to the tournament finals with LSU claiming the 4-3 victory.
CAMPBELL/CARTIER CLASSIC RECAP: Washington went 1-1 at the Campbell/Cartier Classic Feb. 20-22, dropping a 1-0 game to Long Beach State and defeating San Diego State 7-0. The Huskies had three games rained out on Saturday and Sunday, including match-ups against Fresno State, Auburn and Hawaii. Kristen Rivera led the Huskies with an .800 average (4-for-5) and a 1.400 slugging percentage. She notched five RBIs against SDSU, including a three-run home run. Tia Bollinger threw a one-hitter against the Aztecs, not allowing a base runner until the seventh inning.
FIESTA BOWL RECAP: Washington went 6-0 at the Fiesta Bowl Classic Feb 13-15, out scoring its opponents 50-11. The Huskies defeated Syracuse 11-1, No. 10 Texas 14-4, Texas Tech 6-0, No. 18 Texas A&M 4-2, Dayton 10-2 and Massachusetts 5-2. UW had seven players hit .400 or better, led by freshman Dominique Lastrapes with a .565 average. Highlights of the weekend included a two home run, seven RBI night for Sarah Hyatt vs. Texas, Kristen Rivera's 4-for-4 performance vs. UMass and Lastrapes's extension of her hitting streak to 11 games.
HEAD COACHES: Former Washington assistant coaches Scott Centala and Steve Dailey take over the reigns as co-head coaches for the 2004 season. Centala enters his eighth season on the UW coaching staff and has helped develop Washington's program into one of the nation's elite teams. Since joining the program in the 1997 as a defensive specialist, the Huskies boast a 384-135-1 record with an incredible .739 winning percentage. All totaled, Husky players have earned 20 All-America certificates, 45 selections to All-Pac-10 squads and 31 All-Conference academic honors during Centala's tenure.
Dailey begins his second season with the Huskies as the offensive coach. Last season, Dailey helped cultivate Washington's offense into one of the most powerful line-ups in the country. The Huskies pounded 75 home runs, including 25 by Kristen Rivera to set the UW record and tie for the national lead. Washington out scored its opponents by nearly double (313-161) and invoked the mercy-rule 11 times, including three times at the regional tournament to set a Washington postseason record. Dailey also helped the Huskies become more selective at the plate, increasing their number of walks and decreasing their number of strikeouts.
NFCA NAMES ALL-TIME TOP 50 TEAMS: The National Fastpitch Coaches' Association released its all-time top 50 poll with Washington ranking No. 3. The poll was complied using weekly rankings from the 1995 season to the 2003 final poll. Joining the Huskies in the top 10 are five other Pac-10 teams, including No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 California, No. 8 Arizona State and No. 10 Stanford.
USA SOFTBALL REPRESENTATIVES: Junior catcher Kristen Rivera is one of 14 players named to the 2004 Women's National Elite team by USA Softball. The team was chosen from the USA player pool and will represent the U.S. in the 2004 Canada Cup, U.S. Champions Cup and other events to be scheduled. Former Husky standout and three-time All-American Jaime Clark was one of three alternates to join the 15-member USA National Team roster that will compete at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 15-player Washington roster includes 10 returning letterwinners and nine returning starters. The 2004 team is comprised of four seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. Ten players hail from California, four from Washington and one from Oregon.
2003 SEASON RECAP: Washington sprinted out to its best start in the program's history and was the last undefeated team in the country with a 19-0-1 mark last year. The Huskies peaked in May, splitting their final Pac-10 games against top-ranked Arizona in Tucson to earn the No. 1 seed at the regional tournament in Lincoln, Neb. Washington powered its way through its regional competition, sweeping the field 4-0 and out scoring its opponents 35-1, including three mercy-rule victories, to advance to its sixth Women's College World Series. The Huskies opened the series with a 3-1 win over Oklahoma before dropping a pair of one-run heartbreakers to Arizona and UCLA to finish the season tied for fifth place. Kristen Rivera was a first team All-America selection and Tia Bollinger was named to the second team.
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