Huskies Garner Top Honors From Pac-10
May 14, 2001
SEATTLE - Six members of the 2001 Washington softball team received recognition from the Pacific-10 Conference, including two first-team all-conference honorees, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday afternoon.
Washington freshman pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in addition to being selected to the first team.
Bollinger has posted a remarkable season in the circle for the Huskies, who have now won two-consecutive Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year awards. Bollinger is just one win away from tying last seasons conference pitcher of the year, Jennifer Spediacci (1997-00), for the UW single-season mark in wins. Furthermore, she now owns the Husky single-season record for innings pitched with 261.0, which also ranks first in the conference. Bollinger has posted a 33-6 record and 0.99 ERA (eighth in the Pac-10) as the Huskies finished tied for third in the Pac-10 in 2001.
Joining Bollinger on the first team is sophomore All-American Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) , who is making her second appearance on the first team after earning the same honor a year ago. Clark has been of the teams leaders throughout the season, boasting a .368 batting average. She also leads the team in several offensive categories including RBI, home runs, doubles and slugging percentage. The 5-11 shortstop was recently named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division Player of the Week on May 2, becoming the first Husky player to earn the award twice in her career.
Senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) moved up to the Pac-10 second team after being an honorable mention selection a year ago. Hauxhurst has led the Huskies in batting average (.384) for the majority of the season, while tallying a pair of double-digit hit streaks.
Garnering her fourth Pac-10 acclaim was UW senior third baseman Kim DePaul. DePaul, from Tomball, Texas, received her second honorable mention award, after being named to the second team twice in 1998 and 2000. Senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) and freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) also earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors.
The Huskies finished out its regular season schedule with a 37-21 overall record and 11-10 mark in conference play. Washington, which has advanced to five consecutive College World Series, will begin its journey through the 2001 NCAA tournament in Norman, Okla., May 17-20. The Huskies earned a No. 2 seed and will play fifth-seeded Seton Hall Thursday at 2:30 p.m., at the University of Oklahoma Softball Complex.
2001 Pac-10 All-Conference
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year
Pac-10 Co-Coaches of the Year