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Alicia Diane Blake (born in Olympia, Washington) was a rare lefty catcher on the University of Washington softball team from 2006 to 2009. She was a member of the team that won the 2009 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Prior to becoming Alicia Blake, Alicia was Alicia Matthews. She married Andy Blake in 2007. Alicia is the daughter of Patricia and Rod Matthews and has three brothers, Jarod, Travis, and Daylon, and one sister, Tessa.
Yelm High School (2002-2005)
Alicia was a four-year letter winner in high school. Blake was a three time All-League selection and was selected to the All-Area Team three times, as well. She was a member of the all-state team her senior year. Blake earned team MVP as both a junior and a senior. Along with winning team MVP her senior year, Alicia also was honored league MVP. She was honored to receive the Silver Slugger award in 2002 and 2003. Alicia was named team captain from her sophomore year to her last year in high school. Blake was named Nisqually Athlete of the Year twice and was named Olympian Athlete of the Month twice, as well. Throughout her four years in high school, she held the highest batting average on her team and currently holds the record for highest average in school history. Along with her athletic accomplishments, Blake was named to the All-League Academic team all four years of high school.
Alicia made in appearance in 51 games. She started 47 of those games as catcher. Blake hit for a .233 batting average with eight doubles and 15 RBI. Alicia was the conference leader with three pick-offs.
Blake started 59 of the 60 games she appeared in. She started 58 at catcher and one at first base. Her batting average was .249. Alicia finished the season with 42 hits, six doubles, one triple, and one home run. She had 29 RBI and scored 16 of Washington's runs. Blake held a .991 fielding percentage her sophomore season and caught 15 baserunners stealing, ranking third in the Pac-10. She held a tie for the conference lead in sacrifice flyouts, ranking fifth on Washington's single-season charts. Alicia had eight multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games. Blake helped lead her team to the 2007 Women's College World Series.
Alicia was selected for the second team All-Pac-10. She was the team leader with a batting average of .345, a slugging percentage of .552, and 13 doubles. Blake tied for the team lead in home runs with seven. With 57 hits, 34 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .410, she ranked second on the team in all categories. She started in every game played by the Washington Huskies softball team, starting 42 at catcher and 14 at first base. Blake was the team leader with a .328 average and 21 hits in Pac-10 play. She led the Pac-10 with 16 baserunners caught stealing. Alicia finished the year with 15 multi-hit games and went 3-for-3 three different times. She had seven multi-RBI games, including two games each with four RBI. Blake hit safely in the team's first four games of the season and finished the year hitting safely in 39 games, tying for the team lead.
Alicia was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10. She finished the year with the sixth-best average on the team, which was .271. Blake was honored as the team's Defensive MVP because of her conference leading statistics. She led the Pac-10 in basrunners caught stealing, with 15, pick-offs, with 3, and chances/putouts (583/549). Alicia is the current UW leader in putouts with 1,970 in her career. She also holds the UW single game record for putouts with 24 in one game. Blake finished the season with six sacrifices, tying for the team lead. She was ranked fifth on the team in doubles, with seven, and sixth in RBI, with 25. Alicia played in 61 out of 63 games played by the Huskies. She started in 59 of those 61 games.
2009 Women's College World Series
Blake had one of Washington's three doubles and a sacrifice bunt in an extra-inning game against Arizona State to help them move farther on in the winner's bracket. Alicia went 2-for-3 with 2 sacrifice hits in Washington's loss to Georgia in the first game of the semi-finals.
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