NEWS RELEASE (FINAL)

LAST WEEK: Bearcats drop four of final five games, but hang on to finish third in NWC
-----Thursday, April 25: at Pacific 8, Willamette 3 (completion of suspended game)
Pacific took care of Willamette in a game that was suspended due to rain on April 5. The Boxers outhit the Bearcats 9-3. Willamette RF Jen Hammond (Jr., Catalina Foothills HS, Ariz.) went 0 for 1 at the plate, but stole three bases and scored a run.
-----Friday, April 26: Linfield 6-8, at Willamette 2-5
Linfield belted out 11 hits in each game to take a Northwest Conference doubleheader from host Willamette at Willamette Field. In the opener, WU 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) got two of the Bearcats' five hits, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. In the nightcap, the Bearcats were led by 2B Sherri Mabie (Sr., Snohomish HS, Wash.), who went 3 for 4 with a run scored.
-----Sunday, April 27: at Willamette 0-2, Linfield 14-0 (first game five innings)
Willamette and Linfield split a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader at Willamette Field in decidedly different ways. The visiting Wildcats lashed out 12 hits and took advantage of four Willamette errors to win the opener in five innings. But a pair of Bearcat pitchers yielded just two hits as WU took the nightcap. The second game belonged to Willamette, but not before a nail-biting seventh inning. With two runners on base, Linfield's Molleigh Keenan flied out to CF Maria Ortiz (Jr., Fresno HS, Calif.), who caught the ball up against the fence in right-center for the final out of the game. Willamette took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on C Darcy Hertel’s (Sr., Madison HS) fifth home run of the season. The Bearcats added an insurance run in the fourth when RF Anna Byers (So., Moscow HS, Idaho) scored on a wild pitch. LF Jen Hammond (Jr., Catalina Foothills HS, Ariz.) went 2 for 3 for the Bearcats. Willamette RHPs Nicole Romero (So., R.L. Stevenson HS, Carmel, Calif.) and Teren Edgecomb (Jr., Puyallup HS, Wash.) combined on the two-hitter. They each allowed a hit, walked two batters and struck out one.

NOTES: Two players started all 34 games for WU this season: C Darcy Hertel (Sr., Madison HS) and 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) … Willamette set two team records this season with 10 home runs and six saves … Hagen broke three individual single-season records and tied a fourth. Her .444 batting average broke the record of.432 set by Khris Looney set in 1991. Hagen also broke Looney’s 1991 slugging percentage record of .593 with a mark of .606. In the field, Hagen had 129 assists, breaking the record of 126 set by Robyn Rieger in 1992. And Hagen tied Shannon Skirvin’s 1991 record for doubles in a season with 12 … Hertel’s five home runs broke the record of three set by Ashley Keaton last season.


STATISTICS: At the end of the regular season, Willamette was ranked third in the Northwest Conference third in team batting (.268), fourth in team pitching (3.06) and fourth in team fielding (.947). Individually, 3B Marcie Hagen (Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Wash.) led the conference in batting at .444 — the first time a Bearcat has ever led the NWC in batting. She also led the NWC in doubles (12), ranked second in hits (44) and was third in stolen bases (21) … OF Anna Byers (So., Moscow HS, Idaho) ended up leading the NWC in triples with four.


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


BEARCAT STATISTICAL LEADERS (FINAL)
AVE: .444, Marcie Hagen (WU record)
HITS: 44, Marcie Hagen
HOME RUNS: 5, Darcy Hertel (WU record)
RBI: 24, Darcy Hertel
STOLEN BASES: 21, Marcie Hagen
WINS: 9, Teren Edgecomb
SAVES: 3, Teren Edgecomb
ERA: 2.66, Nicole Romero
INN. PITCHED: 115.1, Teren Edgecomb
STRIKEOUTS: 35, 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)
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 (FINAL)
W L PCT
Pacific Lutheran (30-1) 25 1 .962
Linfield (27-11) 21 5 .808
WILLAMETTE (18-16) 16 10 .625
Whitworth (18-21) 15 13 .536
Pacific (17-22) 11 17 .393
Puget Sound (13-20) 9 17 .346
Lewis & Clark (12-26) 9 19 .321
George Fox (5-31) 2 26 .071


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 18-16 16-10 3rd
TOTALS *87-87 56-47

* Willamette’s all-time leader in victories.


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

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