#13 Softball Begins Seven-Game Home Stand With #3 Stanford, #4 California
April 25, 2001
Last Week's Results:
This Weekend's Schedule:
Pac-10 Round Two: The 13th-ranked Huskies kick off the second half of their conference schedule with three games this weekend against #3 Stanford and #4 California. The Huskies went 2-1 in their trip to the Bay Area earlier this month, beating the Golden Bears 2-0 and splitting with the Cardinal (5-1, 1-4).
Last week, Washington got back into the Pac-10 win column, defeating Oregon (10-1) and splitting with Oregon State (2-0, 3-8) after dropping the previous four conference games.
UW Pounds PSU: The Huskies stayed perfect against Portland State, defeating the Vikings 6-0 and 12-0 (5) Tuesday in non-conference doubleheader action. Washington advanced its win streak over PSU to 21-0, with 14 of the victories being shutouts, including all four in 2001.
In the first game, the Huskies got two runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings. Freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) scored the winning run in the first off an RBI single from senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.). Sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) then added the first of her two home runs on the day in back-to-back at-bats, popping a solo shot in the first and a two-run, four bagger in the third.
Hauxhurst drove in another run in the fifth, while senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) hit her fifth home run of the season to record the game's final run.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Huskies exploded for a season-high 21 hits, scoring in each of the five innings to easily run away with the game, 12-0. Washington recorded its first five runs in the first and second innings all with two outs, before tallying three runs in both the third and fifth and one in the fourth inning.
UW pitchers Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) each logged impressive performances as Bollinger tossed a one-hitter with eight K's and Walsh allowed just two hits in five innings.
21-Hit Salute: Washington's 21 team hits against Portland State fell just two short of tying the school record of 23, which the Huskies set against Stanford on March 22, 1993. So far in 2001, the UW has reached double-digit hit totals in 14 games, while its opponents have done so just five times.
Going Yard X2: For the third time in her two-year career, Washington sophomore Jaime Clark hit two home runs in a game in the team's 6-0 victory over Portland State. Clark also went yard twice in a game a year ago versus Utah (Feb. 26) and Arizona State (May 6).
Clark became the second Husky to hit two home runs in a game this season, joining senior Christie Rosenbald (Fillmore, Calif.), who hit four home runs in consecutive at-bats versus both Texas Tech and South Carolina. Interestingly, all three times a UW player has hit more than one home run in a game, they have come in consecutive at-bats.
For the season, 10 different players have tallied at least one home run with Clark leading the charge with 11.
Doing the Defensive Shuffle: With 48 games completed in its 2001 campaign, just two Washington players, seniors Kelly Hauxhurst and Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.), have started in the same defensive position in all 48 games. Freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) has shown off her versatility by starting at four different positions.
The following is a position-by-position breakdown of the Husky starting defensive line-up.
Position Player (Number of Games Started)
Ranking Among The Best: In the second set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on April 12, the Huskies are once again 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 two of the three other teams - New Mexico and Utah.
Unlike previous seasons, the first two regional rankings have been 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.
Best Of The Best: Just how tough is the Pac-10 Conference again this season? One can just look at the conference's combined 299-99-2 (.750) 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.
Freshman Record Watch: UW freshman hurler Tia Bollinger has set three Husky freshman pitching marks this season and continues to eye the team's single-season record book. Bollinger, most recently, passed former standout Stephanie Burns for most strikeouts by a true freshman pitcher, tallying 194 so far in 2001.
Bollinger also has already set freshman records for most wins (27) and most solo shutouts (11). The right-hander was the first pitcher in the nation to reach the 23-win mark this season, and began the week tied for sixth in the NCAA stats for wins behind Alabama's Shelley Laird, who has 28 wins.
UW True Freshman Season Pitching Records
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 44 of 48 games.
Longest Husky Hitting Streaks
Scouting the Stanford Cardinal (30-2-1): With the series split at one game apiece in 2001, the Huskies will look to make it 2-1 with a win over third-ranked Stanford on Friday. The Cardinal is currently second in the Pac-10 with a 9-3 record, having swept Arizona State (6-0, 7-2) last weekend.
Under head coach John Rittman, All Americans Jessica Mendoza (.428 avg., 13 HR) and Sarah Beeson (.401 avg., 51 RBI) lead the Stanford offense, while pitchers Dana Sorenson (0.38 ERA, 21-1) and Maureen LeCocq (0.90 ERA, 13-5) have seen the majority of the team's starting time.
The Huskies swept the three-game series in 2000, but the UW owns just a 7-3 record in the two schools' 10 previous meetings. Washington is 24-6 all-time versus Stanford.
Scouting the California Bears (45-8, 4-7): The fourth-ranked California Golden Bears kicked off their 2001 season with a 32-game win streak, but have won just four of 11 Pac-10 Conference games.
Under head coach Diane Ninemire, Cal returned eight of nine starters from last year's squad that advanced to its second straight College World Series. This year, sophomore Veronica Nelson has led her team in batting with a .381 average, 16 home runs and 42 RBI. The Golden Bear pitching staff, behind aces Jocelyn Forest (24-5, 0.47 ERA, 304 K) and Nicole DiSalvio (16-3, 0.74 ERA), has shut out its opponents 27 times.
Close Connections: Washington's Jaime Clark and California's Eryn Manahan both hail from Tustin, Calif., and attended Foothill High School ... UW's Tia Bollinger and Stanford's Robin Walker are alumnae of Mater Dei High School ... Bollinger, Walker and Cardinal Jessica Mendoza all played for Gordon's Panthers ... Clark and Stanford pitcher Dana Sorenson were members of the same Orange County Batbusters team ... Mendoza and Washington's Nikki Holt both went to high school at Adolfo Camarillo in Camarillo, Calif. ... Stanford head coach John Rittman was an assistant under UW coach Teresa Wilson at Washington, Minnesota and Oregon ... Cardinal assistant coach Sara Pickering is a 1997 Washington grad and a two-time All-American ... UW assistant Drew Christmon held a similar position at Stanford in 1996.
Pickering Update (April 25): 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.
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.
Huskies On The Air Waves: 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 May 5-6, when the Huskies take on Pac-10 Conference foe Oregon in Seattle.
Mike Brown will handle play-by-play duties for the fourth- straight season, while John Cowley will provide color commentary. 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.
Wearing the Red-White-Blue: Washington softball players Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas), Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), are among 51 softball players invited to attend the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, May 30 - June 3, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced April 11.
DePaul, Hauxhurst and Clark will have the opportunity to attend the camp at the ARCO Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from which USA Softball will select two, 16-player teams, which will first compete in the USA Softball Shootout - a four-city West Coast tour.
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 Tuesday.
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, the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship, the 2003 Pan American Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
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 430-158 record, accruing an incredible .731 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 634-319 (.665) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota, and ranks her 21st among the most winningest active coaches in division I softball.