Kristen Rivera Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week
March 4, 2003
SEATTLE - After a record-setting performance at the Worth Invitational last week, sophomore Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) was selected as the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. She was also recognized as the Pac-10 Player of the Week and teammate Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) was selected as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.
Rivera led the No. 4-ranked Huskies to five wins at the Worth Invitational and the unofficial tournament title as Washington improves to 17-0-1 and remains the only undefeated team in the top 25. River hit .571 (8-for-14) over the five game stretch with a double, four home runs and 12 RBIs. Against Purdue, she hit three home runs in three at-bats to set a Washington record and tallied five RBIs.
She also went 2-for-3 against both No. 25 Pacific and Northwestern with two runs scored and six RBIs combined. Rivera drew two walks over the course of the tournament without a strikeout. Behind the plate, she was flawless with a perfect fielding percentage and threw out the only base runner that attempted to steal.
For the season, Rivera is hitting .500 (28-for-56) with two doubles, 10 home runs, 27 RBIs and 16 runs. The national award is the first of her career and the Pac-10 nod is her second.
Bollinger, a junior, receives her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award and first this season. She led the Huskies to three wins last weekend, giving up just 10 hits total versus No. 20 Ohio State, Northwestern and Purdue. She shutout Northwestern en route to a 9-0 victory and allowed no earned runs in four innings of work against Purdue. Bollinger rung up 14 batters in 16 innings for a team-low 0.44 ERA and allowed only one run in three appearances. She limited Ohio State to three hits and Purdue to only two.
For the season, Bollinger is 9-0 with a 1.18 earned run average. She has struck out 55 batters in 65.1 innings and has tossed three shutouts.
Washington travels to Plant City, Fla., this week to compete in the Speedline Invitational, March 6-9. The Huskies open play with a 1 p.m. (EST) match-up against No. 16 Massachusetts.