Kristen Rivera Named Collegiate Player Of The Year Finalist

April 6, 2005

SEATTLE-- Washington senior Kristen Rivera is among a list of 25 finalists for the 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, announced by the Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball. The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Rivera, a three-time All-American, has made an assault on the Husky record books. She ranks second on the career charts with 68 home runs, 144 walks, .516 on-base percentage and .803 slugging percentage. Rivera's .377 lifetime batting average is the fourth-best in Husky history, while her 207 runs batted in rank fifth.

This season, Rivera is hitting .400 and leads the team with a .923 slugging percentage and .618 on-base percentage. Her 10 home runs and 27 runs scored rank second on the team and her 29 RBIs rank third. Rivera's reputation as one of the nation's best hitters has limited her number of official at-bats this year. Rivera has walked 34 times through the first 30 games, including 14 intentional walks.

Rivera also appears seven times on the Pac-10 top 10 lists for the 2005 season and leads the conference in slugging percentage, on-base percentage and walks.

Rivera has been a top 10 finalist for the Collegiate Player of the Year Award each of the last two seasons and became Washington's first-ever Pac-10 Player of the Year last season. Rivera is also the two-time defending Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year.

The top 25 list will be reduced to 10 players on May 10 and three finalists will be announced May 31. The winner of the 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the NCAA College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK. The winner will be recognized and presented with the Player of the Year trophy during the ASA National Council Meeting in Mobile, Alabama, in November.

Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Cat Osterman (Texas-2003) and Jessica Van der Linden (Florida State-2004).

The 2005 top 25 Finalists include:

Monica Abbott (Tennessee); Sophomore, Pitcher; Salinas, Calif.
Kelly Anderson (California); Senior, Pitcher; Woodland, Calif.
Holly Currie (Auburn); Sophomore, Pitcher/DP; Pisgah, Ala.
Kristi Durant (Tennessee); Junior, Catcher/3B; Placentia, Calif.
Kristie Fox (Arizona); Sophomore, Shortstop; San Diego, Calif.
Vicky Galindo (California); Senior, Third Base; Union City, Calif.
Megan Gibson (Texas A&M); Freshman, Pitcher/3B; Spring, Texas
Michelle Green (Georgia); Senior, Pitcher; Duluth, Ga.
Tiffany Haas (Michigan); Junior, 2B; Santa Ana, Calif.
Alicia Hollowell (Arizona); Junior, Pitcher; Suisun, Calif.
Lindsay James (California); Junior, Outfield; San Carlos, Calif.
Chelsi Lake (Baylor); Sophomore, Infielder; Keller, Texas
Lauren Lappin (Stanford); Junior, Shortstop; Anaheim, Calif.
Jessica Leslie (Oklahoma); Senior, Outfield; Raytown, Mo.
Caitlin Lowe (Arizona); Sophomore, Outfield; Tustin, Calif.
Jessica Merchant (Michigan); Senior, Shortstop; Wayland, Mich.
Cat Osterman (Texas); Junior, Pitcher; Houston, Texas
Jennie Ritter (Michigan); Junior, Pitcher; Dexter, Mich.
Kristen Rivera (Washington); Senior, Catcher; Perris, Calif.
Heather Scaglione (Oklahoma); Senior, Catcher; San Diego, Calif.
Amanda Scarborough (Texas A&M); Freshman, Pitcher; Magnolia, Texas
Anjelica Selden (UCLA); Freshman, Pitcher; Vacaville, Calif.
Jamie Southern (Fresno State); Senior; Pitcher/Utility; Clovis, Calif.
Kristin Vesely (Oklahoma); Junior, Outfield; Phoenix, Ariz.
Kim Wendland (Georgia); Senior, Infield; Rock Island, Ill.

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