Four Softball Players Tabbed For All-Region Honors
May 16, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - Four Washington softball players, freshman Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.), sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.), senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) and freshman Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.), earned all-Pacific region honors Wednesday from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and Louisville Slugger. The four are now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced on May 23 at the Women's College World Series Banquet.
Hauxhurst was the only Husky named to the 12-member all-region first team. The team's starting leftfielder, Hauxhurst has led the UW in batting for most of the 2001 season, posting a .384 average, while leading the team in hits with 64. The senior co-captain also has reached base in 53 of 58 games, while recording a pair of double-digit hit streaks. Hauxhurst was named a Pac-10 second team honoree earlier this week and it is her first career selection to the all-region team.
Clark was one of three Huskies named to the all-region second team. The 5-11 shortstop is second on the team in batting with a .368 mark and leads the UW in several other offensive categories, including home runs (13), runs scored (45) and slugging percentage (.718). Clark, a second team All-American as a freshman, earned first-team all-region honors last year and was named to the all-Pac-10 first team for the second straight year in 2001.
Bollinger and Oleson round out the Washington honorees. Bollinger, a freshman pitcher, was named the 2001 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after leading the conference in innings pitched (261.0), wins (33) and appearances (45). The right-hander and Pac-10 first team selection boasts a 33-6 overall record with a 0.99 earned-run average entering this week's NCAA regionals and has led the nation for most of the season in victories.
Oleson, meanwhile, has displayed her versatility by starting at four different positions, with the majority being at first base. The freshman utility player is third on the team in batting average (.324), while scoring 26 runs and knocking in 27. Earlier this week, Oleson was one of three Huskies named to the 2001 Pac-10 honorable mention squad.
All 24 all-region selections were players from the Pac-10 Conference. Top-ranked Arizona led with five selections, including four first-teamers, followed by UCLA (four), Stanford (four), Washington (4), California (3), Oregon (2) and Arizona State (2).
Washington will face Seton Hall in the first game of the NCAA Region 5 tournament, beginning at 2:30 p.m. local time in Norman, Okla.