Softball's Jaime Clark, Kristen Rivera Tabbed For All-America Honors
May 22, 2002
SEATTLE - Washington softball players, junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) and freshman Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.), have both been tabbed 2002 All-Americans Wednesday by Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Clark, an at-large selection, was one of 18 first-team honorees, while Rivera, a catcher, was named to the second team.
The team's starting shortstop, Clark earned All-America honors for the third time in her career. As a freshman in 2000, she was named to the second team, while a year ago, she was one of three Huskies named to the third team. Clark becomes just the third player in Washington softball history to earn All-America honors three times, joining former standouts utility player Becky Newbry (1996-97, 1999) and pitcher Jaime Graves (1998-2000).
In 2002, Clark led the team in nearly every offensive category, batting a career high .431 with 84 hits, 59 runs scored, 14 doubles and 19 home runs. She also leads the nation in RBI with 75, second-most in UW history. The three-time first team all-Pac-10 pick capped her junior campaign by hitting .538 at last week's NCAA regionals, en route to all-tournament honors. Clark will join Rivera and former standouts Kim DePaul (1998-2001) and Sara Pickering (1994-97) at the USA Softball National Team tryouts in Chula Vista, Calif., later this month.
Rivera, meanwhile, became the fourth true freshman in Husky history to be named an All-American, putting together a phenomenal 2002 campaign at the plate. Rivera hit .346 with 63 hits, 13 doubles, 16 home runs and 61 RBI, and was one of just three UW players to play and start in all 64 games. Her 16 home runs rank fourth in Husky history, while her hot hitting helped the team overcome a 1-4 start in conference play, earning her first team all-Pac-10 honors in 2002 as the only freshman so honored.
Overall, Washington now boasts 16 different players, who have combined to earn 24 All-America honors in the program's short 10-year history.
The Huskies finished their 2002 campaign with a 46-18 overall record, falling in the NCAA Region 6 semifinals last week in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I First Team All-AmericansName Position SchoolJennie Finch Pitcher ArizonaKeira Goerl Pitcher UCLAJamie Southern Pitcher Fresno StateStacey Nuveman Catcher UCLALeneah Manuma First Base ArizonaBrandi Stuart Second Base Florida StateLindsay Wood Third Base Northern IowaNatasha Watley Shortstop UCLAOli Keohohou Outfield Brigham YoungJessica Mendoza Outfield StanfordAnna Smith Outfield Ohio StateAshley Courtney Designated Player AlabamaGina Oaks Utility Cal State FullertonJaime Clark At-Large (Shortstop) WashingtonAmanda Freed At-Large (Utility) UCLABritni Sneed At-Large (Pitcher) LSUJenny Topping At-Large (Catcher) Cal State FullertonPhelan Wright At-Large (Third Base) Arizona State Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Second Team All-AmericansName Position SchoolLindsay Chouinard Pitcher DePaulNikki Myers Pitcher Florida AtlanticCat Osterman Pitcher TexasKristen Rivera Catcher WashingtonJackie McClain First Base AlabamaLiz Bouck Second Base DePaulStefanie Volpe Third Base MichiganCara Blumfield Shortstop Boston CollegeTrena Peel Outfield LSUNicole Barber Outfield GeorgiaTiffany Tolleson Outfield North CarolinaGeney Orris Designated Player UNLVKristen Dennis Utility VirginiaWendy Allen At-Large (Utility) Ohio StateSarah Beeson At-Large (First Base) StanfordJocelyn Forest At-Large (Pitcher) CaliforniaBecky McMurtry At-Large (Third Base) Louisiana-LafayetteKellie Wilkerson At-Large (Utility) Mississippi State Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Third Team All-AmericansName Position SchoolCindy Ball Pitcher PacificJennifer Hadley Pitcher MassachusettsMarissa Young Pitcher MichiganStacy Roth Catcher Ohio StateKim Wendland First Base GeorgiaJennifer Link Second Base Ohio StateAndrea Loman Third Base Notre DameTara Knudsen Shortstop Georgia TechYasmin Mossadeghi Outfield Cal State FullertonChristi Musser Outfield KansasKim Ogee Outfield NebraskaClaire Sua Designated Player UCLAChristina Enea Utility OklahomaSelena Collins At-Large (Catcher) Texas A&MCandace Harper At-Large (Third Base) CaliforniaKristin Johnson At-Large (Shortstop) IowaEdel Leyden At-Large (Outfield) Illinois-ChicagoJarrah Myers At-Large (Catcher) Notre DameNichole Thompson At-Large (Utility) Arizona State
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