UW's Kristen Rivera Named Pac-10 Softball Player Of The Week
April 16, 2002
SEATTLE - Washington freshman catcher Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.), who hit three home runs in a pair of wins over No. 3 Stanford, has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Rivera helped the Huskies end a four-game losing skid by belting a pair of home runs in the team's 11-3 win over the Cardinal last Saturday. Rivera had a three-run shot in the second inning, before hitting a two-run, four-bagger in the fourth.
Two days later, the 5-10 freshman had the game-winning hit - a three-run home run - in the first inning of the team's 3-0 victory versus Stanford. For the week, Rivera hit .429 with three runs scored, three home runs and eight RBI, while recording a remarkable 1.714 slugging percentage.
All three of Rivera's home runs came in consecutive plate appearances, a feat rivaled only by former standout Christie Rosenblad's performance a year ago. Rosenblad hit four home runs in consecutive plate appearances in a span of two games on February 10, 2001.
For the season, Rivera has a .378 batting average with 51 hits, 49 RBI and 13 home runs. Her 13 home runs tie as the fifth most in Husky history and are the second most by a true freshman. Ten of Rivera's 13 home runs have also come over the last 17 games.
The award is Rivera's first such honor of her career and third for the team this season, joining two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.). Washington has earned 48 Pac-10 weekly honors since the program's inception in 1993.
The UW softball team (34-13) continues its home stand with three more games this weekend versus Oregon (April 19 - 2 p.m.) and No. 14 Oregon State (April 20-21). Saturday's game with Beavers will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Net beginning at 1 p.m. PDT.
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