Rivera Breaks Home Run Record As Huskies Blank Utah Valley State 6-0
May 5, 2005
OREM, Utah-- Senior Kristen Rivera belted her 74th career home run this afternoon against Utah Valley State to set the UW career record and lead Washington to the 6-0 victory. Senior Ashley Boek picked up her seventh shutout of the season as she held the Wolverines to just one hit. The Huskies improve to 28-16 overall, while the Wolverines fall to 13-35-1.
Rain and lightening resulted in two rain delays before the second inning. Washington came out the of the break and scored two runs in the third. Jacki Hansen reached base on a fielding error and Dominique Lastrapes followed with a bunt single. Hansen and Lastrapes advanced to second and third on a passed ball and Charters singled in Hansen with a poke into centerfield. Charters attempted to steal second base and got caught in a run down but Lastrapes was able to score on the play to put UW on top 2-0.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the fourth frame on one hit. Lauren Greer drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a double by Aimee Minor. Kirsten L'Heureux then hit a sacrifice fly to shallow right field to score Greer.
Washington put two more runs on the scoreboard in the fifth with Rivera's record-setting blast. The hit scored Charters who had reached base via bunt. The hit marked Rivera's 16th home run of the season and 74th of her career to surpass Jaime Clark on the UW career home run list. The home run also places Rivera fifth on the Pac-10 all-time home runs list.
'Breaking the home run record is a real honor' said Rivera. 'Washington is a great program and a lot of great hitters have played here. Breaking Jaime's record makes it that much more special. She is my idol and is someone I've really looked up to over the years.'
The Huskies scored an insurance run in the sixth inning on a Wolverine error.
Boek (15-9) picked up the win as she held UVSC to just one hit and struck out 10. It marked her fourth double-figure strikeout performance of the season.
Jackie Roberts (8-15) took the loss for Utah Valley State as she gave up six runs on eight hits.
Lastrapes and Charters each had two singles and a double in the win.
The second game of the double header was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Washington flies to Phoenix tonight and will face Arizona State Friday night at 7 pm. The game will be broadcast live on KKNW 1150 AM.
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