Pac-10 Softball Player/Pitcher Of The Week

March 25, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON sophomore Kristen Rivera has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and STANFORD junior hurler Tori Nyberg has been named Pitcher of the Week for March 17 -March 23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Rivera, from Perris, Calif., went 8-for-17 (.471) over the weekend as the Huskies won the Capital Classic Championship with a 4-0 record. Rivera led the squad with eight hits, including two doubles, and eight RBI, while belting two home runs to bring her season total to 15. She put together a .941 slugging percentage, walked once and was perfect from the field on 20 chances.

Nyberg, from Belmont, Calif., pitched Stanford to two victories over the weekend, vs. San Diego State (3-0) and Illinois-Chicago (6-1). In 12 innings of work, Nyberg did not allow a run and scattered five hits. She finished with 11 strikeouts, one walk and held opposing batters to a .119 average. On the season, Nyberg is 11-4 with a 1.36 ERA and 82 strikeouts.

The No. 3-ranked Huskies went 4-0 to win the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., and won an additional game against Utah State. No. 12-ranked Stanford split a doubleheader with San Diego State and swept two against Illinois -Chicago.

It is the third weekly award for Rivera and the 51st honor for the Huskies. It is the second honor for Nyberg, while the Cardinal have garnered 20 weekly honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Catalina Morris, STAN.

2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Lovie Jung, ARIZ; Feb. 18 - Tairia Mims, UCLA; Feb. 25 - Natasha Watley, UCLA; Mar. 4 - Kristen Rivera, WASH; Mar. 11 - Kara Brun, ASU; Mar. 18 - Erin Goodell, ORE; Mar. 25 - Kristen Rivera, WASH.

2003 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Amy Harris, ORE; Feb. 18 - Desiree Serrano, ASU; Feb. 25 - Keira Goerl, UCLA; Mar. 4 - Tia Bollinger, WASH; Mar. 11 - Dana Sorensen, STAN; Mar. 18 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Mar. 25 - Tori Nyberg, STAN.

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