Huskies Place Two On NFCA All-America Teams

May 21, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Fifty-six players have been named to the 2003 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America first, second and third teams, including Washington's Kristen Rivera and Tia Bollinger. The awards were announced Wednesday at the opening ceremonies prior to the NCAA Division I softball Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City to give the UW program its 25th and 26th All-America awards. All three teams were selected by NFCA-member NCAA Division I coaching representatives, bases on nominations from the 2003 season.

Rivera earns first team honors as a catcher after leading the Husky offense in nearly every category, including average (.399), hits (71), home runs (24) and runs batted in (70). A sophomore from Perris, Calif., Rivera tied the UW single-season record last week with her 24th home run and ranks second on the career charts in slugging percentage (.796) and home runs (40). The All-America award marks the second for Rivera who was a second team pick in 2002.

Bollinger is named to the second team as a pitcher as she led the Husky pitching staff with a 27-9 record and 1.33 earned run average. A junior from Santa Ana, Calif., Bollinger struck out 204 batters in 241.2 innings with 10 shutouts. She holds the school record with 12 career saves and ranks third on the career list with a 1.23 ERA, 82 wins and 67 complete games. The All-America award is the second for Bollinger who was a third team pick in 2001.

The Huskies will make their sixth appearance in the Women's College World Series tomorrow when they open play versus Oklahoma at 11 a.m. (PT).

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