Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week

April 16, 2002

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON catcher/designated player Kristen Rivera has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week, while UCLA's Keira Goerl was named Pitcher of the Week for April 8-15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Rivera, a freshman from Perris, Calif., helped the Huskies get back into the win column this weekend. Rivera hit .429 (3-for-7) with three runs scored, three home runs and eight RBI for a 1.714 slugging percentage. She hit two home runs in a game for the second time this season, belting a two-run homer and a three-run shot in the team's 11-3 victory over third-ranked Stanford last Saturday (Apr. 13). Her three-run home run yesterday (Apr. 15) was the only scoring in the Huskies 3-0 win over the Cardinal.

Rivera now has 13 home runs on the season, the fifth-most in Husky history and second-most by a true freshman (10 of her 13 home runs have come over the last 17 games). She is also hitting .378 and has tallied 49 RBI with a .773 slugging percentage this year.

Goerl, a sophomore from Moreno Valley, Calif., posted a 2-0 record after pitching 12.0 innings last weekend, allowing just two hits and not surrendering a run. Against third-ranked Stanford (Apr. 12), Goerl entered the game with the Bruins down 2-1 in the third inning and proceeded to pitch five no-hit innings as UCLA came back to win, 3-2. The next day in UCLA's 3-0 victory over eighth-ranked California (Apr. 13), she pitched a two-hit shutout while striking out five.

On the season, Goerl has a Pac-10 leading 0.54 ERA to go along with a 19-4 record and 184 strikeouts in 143.0 innings of work.

It is the first weekly honor for Rivera and the 48th for Washington all-time. Goerl earns the fourth award of her career. UCLA has now received 65 honors all-time.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Feb. 18 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Feb. 25 - Kara Brun, ASU. Mar. 4 - Jaime Clark, WASH. Mar. 11 - Jessica Mendoza, STAN. Mar. 18 - Phelan Wright, ASU. Mar. 25 - Lovieanne Jung, ARIZ. Apr. 1 - Jaime Clark, WASH. Apr. 8 - Erica Beach, ASU. Apr. 16 - Kristen Rivera, WASH.

2002 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Tia Bollinger, WASH. Feb. 18 - Erica Beach, ASU. Feb. 25 - Tori Nyberg, STAN. Mar. 4 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Mar. 11 - Keira Goerl, UCLA. Mar. 18 - Keira Goerl, UCLA. Mar. 25 - Jennie Finch, ARIZ. Apr. 1 - Kristen Hunter, OSU. Apr. 8 - Maureen LeCocq, STAN. Apr. 16 - Keira Goerl, UCLA.

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