COACHES ON ROACH: "Rita owns the outfield and has great range and the ability to impact a game by forcing runners to hold due to her strong arm. At the plate, she's a crucial aspect of our lineup and will help set the table for the big bats behind her. For Rita, it's not about a batting average, but rather on-base percentage and her ability to limit her strikeout to walk ratio, thus creating offensive opportunities for the team as a whole."
AS A JUNIOR (2003): Started 55 games in centerfield, missing nine games due to an ankle injury suffered in Hawaii ... tied the school record with 15 sacrifice hits ... played flawless defense with 36 putouts and four assists with no errors ...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 Huskies 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 scored in the regional semifinal against Iowa (May 17).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2002): Two-year starter in center field ... second team All-Pac-10 selection ... started in 61 games, missing three due to injury ... second on the team in batting average at .350 ... 40 runs scored, 62 hits, nine extra-base hits ... more than quadrupled her previous career total in RBIs with 18, after having just four a year ago, batting mainly in the lead-off spot ... had a team low 23 strikeouts ... ranked second on the team with 22 stolen bases and fourth overall in the Pac-10 ... hit 22 games in the No. 9 spot before moving to the second slot behind Becky Simpson in the batting order ... third on the team in multi-hit games with 17 ... six game-winning runs and five game-winning RBIs ... threw out five runners from center field trying to cross home plate ... had a double in each of the team's first two games ... had at least one hit in all five games of the season-opening Early Bird Classic in California ... broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out RBI single at Florida State, lifting the Huskies to the 6-4 win ... two-run double in the seventh inning in the 8-2 victory against Florida ... had at least one hit in 15 of the team's first 17 games ... 11-game hitting streak from March 2-24, boasting a .444 average with six RBIs during that span ... career-high three RBIs versus Santa Clara, opening with a RBI double and finishing with a two-run single ... scored the game-winner in the team's upset of then-No. 1 UCLA on March 30 ... 3-for-4 performance at the plate at No. 2 Arizona on April 5 ... had at least two hits in six Pac-10 games ... hit .389 over her last six games with seven runs scored and two RBIs ... bases-loaded RBI single to drive in the first run in a four-run inning in the 5-2 win against No. 4 Arizona State ... recorded at least one hit in three of the Huskies' four postseason games, including a 2-for-3 performance against Oakland en route to the 8-0 victory.
AS A FRESHMAN (2001): Team's starting centerfielder, appearing in all but one of the team's games ... missed the CSU Northridge game ... hit in the lead-off position for most of the season ... led the team in game-winning runs (11), while recording the game-winning RBI in the team's win over Southern Mississippi ... nine multi-hit games ... boasted an 11-game hitting streak beginning with two hits against South Florida (2/17) and extending through a two-hit outing against Brigham Young (3/2) ... recorded 17 hits during that stretch ... also tallied a six-game streak from April 6-14 ... registered 35 runs on 49 hits and four RBIs in 188 career at-bats, including five doubles ... 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts ... had three hits in the Huskies' 8-4 win over Hofstra (2/18) and in the 9-0 blanking of Michigan State ... scored two runs each in eight games ... defensively, had 36 putouts and five assists, carrying a perfect fielding percentage into the team's regular season-ending doubleheader with Arizona ... registered three putouts on three separate occasions against Arizona (5/12), Stanford (4/1) and Louisiana State (2/9) ... scored the game-winning run versus Seton Hall at the NCAA Regionals ... collected a hit in her first career postseason at-bat ... reached on an error and later scored in the team's first win over UMass ... 2-for-4 in the regional final versus Oklahoma.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four times in softball at St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, Calif. ... a first team All-CIF selection as a senior ... tabbed for team MVP and Best Offensive Player honors ... also lettered in basketball ... played summer ball under coach Gary Haning for the Orange County Batbusters ... helped team to two runner-up finishes at the 1998 and 2000 ASA 18-and-under Gold National Championships ... team placed fourth in the 1999 tournament ... tabbed a first team ASA All-American in 1998 and 2000.
PERSOAL: A sociology major ... enjoys rock climbing ... granddaughter of Carmen and Ed Roach ... has one sister, Celina, 26, who just had her first baby, Irwin Xavier Montolvo ... Rita Marie Roach was born June 4, 1981, in Whittier, Calif.