#13 Softball Faces Top-Ranked UCLA, Portland State
April 11, 2001
Seattle - Rain Delay: Rain proved to be in the forecast for the Huskies mid-week doubleheader against Portland State. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, the pair of non-conference game was moved to Wednesday, April 11, in stead, due to poor weather conditions.
The Huskies are coming off a 1-2 Pac-10 weekend in which the UW upset second-ranked Arizona (1-0), but then fell twice to then ninth-ranked Arizona State (1-5, 1-6).
Wilson Named To Coaches Pool: University of Washington head softball coach Teresa Wilson is one of 12 coaches to be named to the USA Softball Women's National Team Coaches Pool, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today.
Wilson, who has directed the Huskies to five straight College World Series appearances, will travel to the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, May 30-June 3 in Chula Vista, Calif. As a member of the coaches pool, she will be eligible for selection to such important coaching assignments as the 2001 U.S. Cup in Hawaii, 2001 Canada Cup in Vancouver, the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship in Canada, the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Wilson, now in her ninth-year at the UW and 15th season overall, has had previous coaching experience at both the national and international levels. In 1998, Wilson was an assistant coach for Team USA at the ISF Women's World Championships, where the USA captured its fourth consecutive gold medal and qualified as the top seed at the 2000 Olympics. The Pickering, Mo., native also helped coach the national team to a silver medal at Superball '97 in Columbus, Ga., and was an assistant coach at the 1999 junior world championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
Wilson is joined in the coaches pool by Mike Candrea (Arizona), Ken Eriksen (South Florida), Patti Gasso (Oklahoma), Michele Gromacki (CSU Fullerton), Karen Johns (Florida), Eugene Lenti (DePaul), Jay Miller (Missouri), Pat Murphy (Alabama), John Rittman (Stanford), Kirk Walker (Oregon State) and Linda Wells (Arizona State).
Ms. Clutch: Washington senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.), who leads the team in batting average with a .376 mark, showed just why she is such a valuable commodity in the Huskies' biggest games. Hauxhurst played a part in all three Washington scoring efforts last weekend, scoring a pair of runs and recording an RBI.
A team co-captain, Hauxhurst scored the team's only run in the 1-0 upset of Arizona and then scored the Huskies' only run in a 5-1 loss to Arizona State. She later added an RBI-single on Sunday versus Arizona State.
Freshman Record Watch: While her 13-game win streak came to an end versus Arizona State Sunday, UW freshman hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) set her third Husky freshman pitching record versus the Sun Devils. Bollinger passed former standout Stephanie Burns for most strikeouts by a true freshman pitcher, tallying 160 so far in 2001.
Bollinger also has already set freshman records for most wins (23) and most solo shutouts (9). The right-hander was the first pitcher in the nation to reach the 23-win mark this season, and is currently second in the NCAA stats for wins behind Texas Tech's Amanda Renfro, who has 24 victories.
UW True Freshman Season Pitching Records
Wins - 22 by Tia Bollinger in 2001
Best Of The Best: Just how tough is the Pac-10 Conference again this season? One can just look at the conference's combined 264-75-2 (.777) or maybe the fact that four teams occupy the top four spots in the latest national poll.
Last year, the Pac-10 sent all eight teams to the NCAA regionals for the second consecutive season.
Over-The-Fence Club: After ranking second in the nation last season, the Huskies have hit 29 home runs so far this season. Senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) went yard twice two weeks ago, belting a pair of solo shots versus California and Stanford to double her previous season high with four in 2001.
Junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Calif.) also hit her second career four-bagger against Cal, while sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) celebrated her 20th birthday with a two-run shot against Stanford on March 31.
For the season, nine different players have tallied at least one home run with Clark leading the charge with eight.
Pitcher, Pitcher: Washington freshman Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) has taken the meaning of the words "utility player" to the fullest, when she logged her first two career appearance at pitcher against Texas (March 15) and most recently, versus Arizona State (April 7).
Owen had originally come to fall practice as a middle infielder, but later was moved to the outfield. The right-hander was a three-time all-league pick as both a shortstop and pitcher at University High School in Spokane.
Owen's appearance comes on the heels of the announcement that junior Bridget Wilcox (Olympia, Wash.), one of the team's three pitchers entering 2001, will redshirt the season due to a rib cage injury.
Streaking Away: So far this season, three Husky players have had hitting streaks of 10 games or more. Freshmen utility player Amanda Oleson had the team's longest streak of 15 games (February 11 -March 3), while classmate Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) also had an 11-game hitting streak from February 17 to March 2.
After going 0-for-2 at the plate in the season-opener with Louisiana State, UW outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) had at least one hit in her next 13 games before a two-game drought against Michigan State and South Carolina. Hauxhurst, however, recovered to log another seven-game streak, which ended versus over Texas (March 11). For the season the senior co-captain has reached base at least once in 37 of 39 games.
Longest Husky Hitting Streaks
Scouting the Portland State Vikings (15-19): Under 25th-year head coach Teri Mariani, Portland State has recovered from an early nine-game losing skid to log victories in 13 of their last 20 games.
Leading the charge this season is senior Kiauna Anderson, who is hitting a team-best .339 with three home runs, 11 doubles and 14 runs scored. In the circle, sophomore pitchers Morgan Seibert (11-11, 2.44 ERA) and Nichole Ivie (4-8, 3.20 ERA) have split starting and relieving duties for the Vikings.
Washington has never lost to Portland State, logging a perfect 17-0 record in the all-time series, which dates back to the UW's inaugural season in 1993.
A year ago, the Huskies claimed both doubleheaders, combining for a 31-5 run advantage.
Scouting the UCLA Bruins (40-3, 3-3 Pac-10): The 13th-ranked Huskies and the top-ranked Bruins enter this weekend's series tied with a 3-3 mark so far in Pac-10 Conference play. UCLA opened the conference season with a 1-0 loss to Stanford and then swept a pair of games at California. The Bruins then fell to Arizona State and then split with second-ranked Arizona last weekend.
Under head coach Sue Enquist, the Bruins have been led offensively by 2000 Olympian, catcher Stacey Nuveman. Nuveman is batting at a .432 clip, with 28 runs scored, 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 RBI. First baseman Claire Sua (.430, 38 RBI) and third baseman Tairia Mims (.407, 12 HR) have also been sources of power for the UCLA offense.
In the circle, four Bruin pitchers have seen starting time, led by Amanda Freed (0.54 ERA, 16-3) and freshman Keira Goerl (0.94 ERA, 15-0).
UCLA holds a 23-12 advantage in the two schools' all-time series, although the teams split their four meetings in 2001.
More TV time: The 14th-ranked Washington softball team, a five-time College World Series participant, will have three home games televised by FOX Sports in 2001.
FOX Sports Northwest plans to air its second game when the Huskies face the Stanford Cardinal on April 27. The UW-Stanford game will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis and will be shown the same day at 7:30 p.m.
Washington's May 5, game with Pac-10 foe Oregon has been scheduled to air live on FOX Sports Net at 2 p.m. (PT). The Huskies' game with the Ducks is one of three Pac-10 games set for FOX Sports Net with the other two being the April 7, game between Arizona and UCLA and the April 14, game with Stanford and California.
Ranking Among The Best: In the first set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on March 29, the Huskies are among the top 10 teams in the Pacific Region. Six of the seven other Pac-10 teams, not including Oregon, appear in the rankings, while Washington has also played the three other teams - Brigham Young, New Mexico and Utah.
Unlike previous seasons, the first two regional rankings will be listed in alphabetical order and not ranked from top to bottom. The bi-weekly rankings are used as a part of the championship tournament selection process and consist of six regions with 10 teams apiece. See page two for the regional rankings.
Pac-10 Power: The University of Washington softball team, which has made five consecutive trips to the College World Series, has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a poll of conference coaches released January 16.
The Huskies, who finished their 2000 season with a number five national ranking, received 27 points overall to place behind Arizona (46), UCLA (46) and Arizona State (34). Arizona and UCLA both tied for first place with 46 points and four of the eight first-place votes. Behind Washington was Stanford (25), California (20), Oregon State (17) and Oregon (9).
Pickering Update (April 11): Former Washington standout Sara Pickering (1994-97), who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease last March, has had a relapse. Pickering, now an assistant softball coach at Stanford under former UW assistant John Rittman, recently underwent a Stem Cell Transplant in mid-March.
In support of Pickering, the Washington softball team will give supporters a chance to send their well wishes by signing a special banner on April 27, when the Huskies play host to the Cardinal at 2 p.m., at Husky Stadium.
Huskies On the Air Waves: The Washington softball team will have eight games broadcast live on KSRB 1150-AM in 2001. Mike Brown will handle play-by-play duties for the fourth- straight season, while John Cowley will provide color commentary.
UW is one of the few softball programs in the nation with regular-season games broadcast by a local radio station. This year's schedule continues April 21-22, with a pair of games at Pac-10 conference foe Oregon State, in Corvallis, Ore. Two more Husky home games also are on tap against Oregon, May 5-6, from Seattle. Each game's broadcast will begin and end with a 15-minute pre- and post-game show, featuring interviews with UW players and coaches. To listen to live audio broadcasts on the web, go to www.1150ksrb.com.
Dear Diary: Wonder what goes on behind the scenes and in the minds of Husky softball players and coaches? You will have two opportunities for the second year in a row to read a more personal account of Washington softball. Head coach Teresa Wilson will post bi-monthly diary submissions to the cnn-si.com site, while one Husky player per week will write about the team's fortunes on and off the field on the school's official site, www. gohuskies.com.
Head Coach Teresa Wilson: Teresa Wilson wasted no time in building a perennial contender for the NCAA Championship at the University of Washington. In eight years, Wilson has led the Huskies to five straight trips to the College World Series, including appearances in the championship game in 1996 and 1999. UW has earned seven straight berths in the NCAA tournament, a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll, and two Pac-10 titles.
As the only head coach in Husky history, Wilson has led the Huskies to a 424-155 record, accruing an incredible .732 winning percentage. All totaled, Wilson's players have earned 19 All-America certificates, 58 mentions on all-Pac-10 squads, and 44 all-conference academic honors.
A fierce competitor, Wilson, a native of Pickering, Mo., was an All-American pitcher at the University of Missouri from 1980-83. Her 14-year career coaching record of 628-316 (.665) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota, and ranks her 21st among the most winningest active coaches in division I softball.