Softball News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats (11-10, 9-4 NWC) travel to Whitworth for pair of doubleheaders

-----Friday, April 18 at Whitworth* (2), 1:00

-----Saturday, April 19 at Whitworth* (2), noon

* Northwest Conference opponent

LAST WEEK: Bearcats sweep Puget Sound to maintain hold on third in NWC

-----Saturday, April 12: at Willamette 3-9, Puget Sound 0-1
The Bearcats solidified their hold on third place in the Northwest Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep over fourth-place Puget Sound. RHP Brittany Dearing (Fr., Casa Roble HS, Orangevale, Calif.) pitched one-hit ball over six innings in the opener for the Bearcats. She struck out two Loggers and issued no walks. LF Jen Hammond (Jr., Catalina Foothills HS, Ariz.) went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Willamette offense. In the second game, Willamette outhit UPS 11-3 and the game was shortened to five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. Bearcat RHP Teren Edgecomb (Jr., Puyallup HS, Wash.) yielded just three hits and a walk over the five innings and fanned one Logger batter. The Bearcats were led in the nightcap by 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.), who went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI. 1B Hayley Boston (Sr., Newport HS) went 2 for 4 with four RBI.

-----Sunday, April 13: Bearcats’ doubleheader with Pacific Lutheran rained out
No make-up date has yet been scheduled.


NWC HONORS: Hagen named NWC Hitter of the Week

3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) was named Northwest Conference Hitter of the Week on Monday after helping Willamette sweep Puget Sound. She went 5 for 7 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI in the two games. Hagen is leading the Bearcats in batting (.443), on-base percentage (.534), runs (19), hits (27), doubles (8), total bases (39), walks (12) and stolen bases (13).


NOTES:
Two players have started all 21 games for WU this season: C Darcy Hertel (Sr., Madison HS) and 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) … UTL Kim Boscacci (Fr., Inglemoor HS, Wash.) began 2003 expecting to red-shirt her first season at Willamette, but due to injuries, she is not only playing but is starting. As if that weren’t enough, she is second on the team in batting (.438) and has 10 RBI in 12 starts … 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) has struck out just twice this season in 61 at-bats, and has drawn 12 walks … in her first three years, Hayley Boston (Sr., Newport HS) was the Bearcats’ top pitcher, winning 37 games and posting an ERA of 2.13. This year, she’s thrown just 3 2/3 innings, but has become one of the Bearcats’ top hitters. Through 21 games, she is batting .388 with five doubles, a home run and 12 RBI. The left-handed first baseman also is 4 for 4 in the stolen base department.


STATISTICS:
As of April 7, Willamette was ranked second in the Northwest Conference in team batting (.288), second in team fielding (.950) and fifth in team pitching (3.74). Individually, UTL Kim Boscacci (Fr., Inglemoor HS, Wash.) and 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) were second and ninth, respectively, in the conference in batting at .483 and .407. RHP Nicole Romero (So., R.L. Stevenson HS, Carmel, Calif.) is seventh in NWC ERA at 2.07. Hagen also leads the NWC in stolen bases with 13.


WU STATS: /www.willamette.edu/athletics/softball/records.htm


BEARCAT STATISTICAL LEADERS (through April 13)
AVE: .443, Marcie Hagen
HITS: 27, Marcie Hagen
HOME RUNS: 4, Darcy Hertel (WU record)
RBI: 19, Darcy Hertel
STOLEN BASES: 13, Marcie Hagen
WINS: 5, Teren Edgecomb
SAVES: 2, Teren Edgecomb
ERA: 2.07, Nicole Romero
INN. PITCHED: 69.1, Teren Edgecomb
STRIKEOUTS: 20, Teren Edgecomb


2003 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY SOFTBALL ROSTER

NO NAME POS B/T YR/EL HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE)
2 Sherri Mabie 2B L/R Sr /Sr. Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish)
3 Nicole Romero P R/R Jr./Jr. Carmel, Calif. (R.L. Stevenson)
4 Valerie Motta OF L/L So./Fr. Woodinville, Wash. (Inglemoor, Cascade CC)
5 Kim Boscacci UTL R/R Fr./Fr. Bothell, Wash. (Inglemoor)
6 Tara Jackson OF L/R So./So. Portland, Ore. (Franklin)
7 Anna Byers OF L/L So./So. Moscow, Idaho (Moscow)
8 Darcy Hertel C R/R Sr./Sr. Portland, Ore. (Madison)
10 Hayley Boston P L/L Sr./Sr. Newport, Ore. (Newport)
11 Maria Ortiz SS L/R Sr./Jr. Fresno, Calif. (Fresno)
12 Jen Hammond OF R/R Jr./Jr. Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills)
13 April Greer UTL L/R So./So. Park City, Mont. (Park City)
14 Brittany Dearing P R/R Fr./Fr. Orangevale, Calif. (Casa Roble)
15 Teren Edgecomb P R/R/ Jr./Jr. Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup, Highline CC)
17 Meaghan Sussman 1B R/R Sr./Sr. Fresno, Calif. (Fresno)
20 Meredith Runyan C R/R So./So. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga)
22 Amanda Lindquist 1B R/R So./So. Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City)
31 Marcie Hagen 3B R/R Jr./Jr. Marysville, Wash. (Marysville-Pilchuck)
33 Cherisse Stumpf UTL R/R Jr./Jr. Federal Way, Wash. (Decatur, Highline CC)

HEAD COACH: Damian Williams
ASSISTANT COACHES: Gary Mowrey, Cari Ann Tautfest


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE STANDINGS (through April 13)
W L PCT
Pacific Lutheran (20-1) 15 1 .938
Linfield (19-10) 13 4 .765
WILLAMETTE (11-10) 9 4 .692
Puget Sound (12-11) 8 8 .500
Whitworth (12-19) 9 11 .450
Pacific (11-15) 5 10 .333
Lewis & Clark (8-21) 5 14 .263
George Fox (5-19) 2 14 .125


THE DAMIAN WILLIAMS YEARS AT WILLAMETTE
OVERALL NWC PL.
1999 11-28 5-11 7th
2000 25-10 15-6 2nd
2001 16-19 9-11 6th
2002 17-14 11-9 4th
2003 11-10 9-4
TOTALS 80-81 49-41


HOW TO CONTACT HEAD COACH DAMIAN WILLIAMS:
Office: (503) 370-6656
Email: williamr@willamette.edu

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEB:
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY: /www.willamette.edu/athletics/softball/index.htm
NORTHWEST CONFERENCE: http://www.nwcsports.com