#12 Softball Concludes Pac-10, Regular Season Schedules In Arizona
May 9, 2001
Coming To A Close: The 12th-ranked Washington softball team will finish out its regular season and Pac-10 conference schedules this weekend with three games in Arizona.
The Huskies will play one game at #9 Arizona State Friday (7 p.m.), followed by a doubleheader versus top-ranked Arizona on Saturday.
Moving On Up: With its three wins last week, the Huskies moved up one spot in the Pac-10 standings to sole possession of third place with a 10-8 record.
The Huskies are currently six games behind conference leader Arizona (6-2) and four games in back of second-place UCLA (14-4). The UW, meanwhile, is just one game in front of both Stanford and Arizona State, who enter the weekend with 9-9 records.
The Wildcats can wrap up the Pac-10 title this Friday with a win over second-ranked UCLA.
It's Tourney Time... Almost: After playing their final three regular season games in Arizona next weekend, the Huskies will find out their fate for the NCAA tournament on Sunday, May 13, when the division I selection show airs at 5:30 p.m. PDT. The selection show is slated to air live on Fox Sports Net West 2, Fox Sports Net Arizona and Fox Sports Net Northwest.
Should Washington be chosen as one of the eight regional sites, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 16, for individual day reserved seats. For additional information, call the Husky ticket office at (206) 543-2200.
Perfect Weekend: For the first time this season, the Washington softball team won three straight Pac-10 games last week. The UW used a pair of RBI singles by senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) to edge Oregon State, 2-1, and then crushed Oregon 11-0 in five innings Saturday. The Huskies finished off the weekend by defeating the Ducks again on Sunday, 6-2.
The three wins, however, were preceded by a 4-3 loss to second-ranked UCLA Wednesday.
Kelly's Killin' Them: Washington outfielder Kelly Hauxhurst has been out to prove from day one that her senior year will be her best, leading the Huskies in several offensive categories through most of the season.
A team co-captain, Hauxhurst moved into the national rankings a week ago for batting average, jumping up three spots this week into a tie for 43rd with a .388 average, 87 points higher than her previous career mark of .301. She also is first on the team in hits (64) and on-base percentage (.455), while tallying a 13-game hit streak in 2001. Overall, Hauxhurst has reached base in 51 of 55 games, tallying at least one hit in 45 games.
Hauxhurst, who has a nine-game hit streak entering this weekend, has kept up with her clutch play that has landed her on the NCAA regional all-tournament three straight times, leading the Huskies in batting average with runners on base, with the bases loaded and with runners in scoring position.
More National Rankings: In addition to Hauxhurst, UW freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) moved into a first-place tie in the NCAA statistics with Iowa's Kristi Hanks for most victories with 32, while she is 26th in earned-run average with a 0.90 mark.
Five Straight: In the team's five games last week, Husky pitcher Tia Bollinger made appearances in each one, starting four consecutive games against UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon twice, while also taking the mound in the UW-Cal game which was halted Sunday, April 29, and then completed a day later.
Bollinger's four consecutive starts, with the last three coming in consecutive days, are the most for the freshman right-hander this season. She had made back-to-back starts on eight different occasions in 2001.
In The Park - No Problem: When Washington junior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) hit her third home run of the season Sunday against Oregon, she did it the hard way - by not leaving the park.
With the outfield drawn in because of her ability to slap, Simpson belted a long fly ball to deep right-center field. The ball then bounced off the wall and over the head of the Oregon outfielder back toward the field of play.
By the time the Ducks finally threw the ball to the cutoff, Simpson was rounding third and scoring an inside-the-park home run.
Going Yard X2: For the third time in her two-year career, Washington sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) hit two home runs in a game in the team's 6-0 victory over Portland State (April 24). 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, 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 12.
Keeping Tabs On Tia: After setting three UW true freshman pitching records, Tia Bollinger has already started to make her mark in the overall season record book. Bollinger is just two behind former standout Jennifer Spediacci in seasons victories and only 6.1 innings in back of Stephanie Burns for most innings pitched in a season.
Below is a breakdown of pitching categories in which Bollinger has entered the top five all-time.
Ranking Among The Best: In the third set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee on April 26, 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.
After the first two polls ranked teams in alphabetical order and not from top to bottom, the third edition is listed in alphabetical order as follows: the top five teams in each region are listed first in alphabetical order and then the bottom five teams are listed next in alphabetical order.
The bi-weekly rankings are used as a part of the championship tournament selection process and consist of six regions with 10 teams apiece. The final regional ranking will be posted May 10. See page four for the regional rankings.
Doing the Defensive Shuffle: With 55 games completed in its 2001 campaign, just two Washington players, seniors Kelly Hauxhurst and Christie Rosenblad, have started in the same defensive position in all 55 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)
Scouting the Arizona State Sun Devils (34-17, 9-9 Pac-10): After sweeping all three of their games last week, #9 ASU finds itself in a tie for fourth place with Stanford at 9-9 in the Pac-10 standings. The Sun Devils swept the Huskies earlier this season in Seattle, winning 5-1 and 6-1 in early April.
Under head coach Linda Wells, ASU freshman Phelan Wright, fresh off her Pac-10 and national player-of-the-week awards, currently leads the team with a .408 batting average, while six other players are hitting above the .300 mark. Pitcher Erica Beach (1.31 ERA, 16-8) has seen the most time in the circle, recording a career-best 118 strikeouts in 192.2 innings, while Kirsten Voak (1.50 ERA, 14-7) has started eight conference games in 2001.
Washington has dominated the all-time series between the two schools, carrying a 28-8 edge going into the weekend. The Huskies have never lost three games in a row to ASU.
Scouting the Arizona Wildcats (54-4, 16-2 Pac-10): With a victory over #2 UCLA Friday, #1 Arizona can already have wrapped up the Pac-10 title prior to the Huskies even arriving in Tucson.
The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 54-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in Pac-10 play, while also boasting a 41-game home winning streak, dating back to a loss to Stanford on April 9, 2000. The Huskies, however, are one of the few teams to own a win over the Wildcats this season, defeating them 1-0 in Seattle on April 6.
Under head coach Mike Candrea, Arizona has been led offensively by a trio of seniors including Lauren Bauer (.438 avg., 36 SB), Toni Mascarenas (.400 avg., 18 HR) and Nicole Giordano (.393 avg.). In the circle, the Wildcats boast three pitchers - senior Becky Lemke (1.04 ERA, 16-2), junior Jennie Finch (0.25 ERA, 26-0) and freshman Jenny Gladding (0.89 ERA, 12-2) - all of whom have shared staring time this season.
While Arizona owns a sizeable lead in the all-time series (34-12), the Huskies have won six of the two schools' last 10 meetings, including four of six in 2000.
Close Connections: As with almost all of Washington's Pac-10 games this season, the Huskies will have more than just a few prior connections with their opponents ... UW sophomore Jaime Clark and Arizona outfielder Lauren Bauer both attended Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif. ... Arizona senior Nicole Giordano is the sister of former Husky standout Jeanine Giordano ... Washington's Jaime Clark and Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) teamed with Arizona's Jennie Finch to help the Orange County Batbusters finish second at the ASA Nationals in 1998 ... Washington's Tia Bollinger and Arizona State's Kristin Farber and Phelan Wright all played for Gordon's Panthers.
Wearing the Red-White-Blue: Washington softball players Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas), Kelly Hauxhurst and Jaime Clark, 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 435-160 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 639-321 (.665) also includes stints at Oregon and Minnesota, and ranks her 21st among the most winningest active coaches in division I softball.