Four Huskies Earn All-American Honors
May 24, 2000
OKLAHOMA CITY - Jamie Graves, Jennifer Spediacci, Jenny Topping and Jaime Clark were named to the NFCA/Louisville Slugger 2000 All-American squad, announced today at festivities surrounding the College World Series.
The senior pitching tandem of Spediacci and Graves picked up their second and third such honors, respectively, with Spediacci earning a spot on the first team as a pitcher this year and Graves being named to the first team as an at-large selection. Redshirt freshman Jenny Topping was named to the squad's first team in the utility spot, while freshman Jaime Clark achieved second-team honors as an outfielder.
Heading into the College World Series, Spediacci is 33-4 with a 0.59 ERA, while Graves is 27-3 with a 0.60 ERA. The pair have smashed virtually every career pitching record at the UW. Topping, the nation's home run leader with 24, sports a .441 batting average with 90 RBI in 2000. Primarily a catcher, Topping also spent time at first base and in the designated-player role. Clark, who shared time between right field and short stop throughout the season, boasts a .360 batting average and a third-best national mark of 22 home runs with 64 RBI.
Despite Graves' and Spediacci's previous honors, it is the first time that either player earned first-team status, as both were named to the second team in 1998 with Graves repeating that feat last year. It is also the second time that Washington placed three players on a first team All-American list, the 1996 squad having accomplished the milestone.
Action in the tournament gets underway tomorrow at noon with the Huskies (61-7) facing the DePaul Blue Demons (40-20), making their second-straight College World Series appearance.