Bollinger, Rivera Earn Softball All-Region Honors

May 15, 2003

SEATTLE - Two Washington softball players were among the 26 players named to the 2003 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region team. Kristen Rivera was a first team selection, while Tia Bollinger was a second team pick.

Rivera, a sophomore catcher, earns her second All-Region honor after being a first team pick in 2002. She leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including average (.392), hits (67), home runs (22) and RBIs (66). Rivera set the UW single-game record earlier this season with three home runs versus Purdue and already ranks third on the Husky career list in home runs (38) and average (.379).

Bollinger, a junior pitcher, receives her third regional award after being named to the first team in 2001 and earning honorable mention honors last year. Known for her freezing change-up, Bollinger has led the UW pitching staff with a 24-9 record and 191 strikeouts in 226.2 innings. She has tallied 13 saves in her career, which tops the Huskies chart and set a Pac-10 record. Bollinger ranked second on the Washington all-time list in strikeouts (618) and third in career earned run average (1.24).

The Huskies have had 42 players earn All-Pacific Region honors in their 11-year history.

Washington (43-14-1) continues postseason play at the No. 5 Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PT) versus No. 4 seed Mississippi State (34-28). All regional games will air live on KKNW-AM 1150, and are also available over the internet at www.gohuskies.com or www.newschannel1150.com.

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