Kristen Rivera Named Pac-10 Softball Player of the Year

May 19, 2004

SEATTLE- Washington catcher Kristen Rivera was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and six Huskies were named to the Pac-10 all-conference teams, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Rivera becomes the first Husky to ever receive conference player of the year honors.

Rivera, a junior from Perris, Calif., was also named to the All-Pacific-10 first team as she helped lead Washington to its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. She ranks among the top five in the Pac-10 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, total bases and walks. Her 58 career home runs rank seventh all-time in the Pac-10. Rivera is a two-time All-American and has been a top 10 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.

Other major conference award winners included Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Alicia Hollowell (Arizona), Newcomer of the Year, Caitlin Lowe (Arizona) and Coach of the Year, John Rittman (Stanford).

Washington had two players named to the all-conference second team, including Ashley Boek and Kathy Fiske. Boek, a junior from Redding, Calif., leads the Husky pitching staff with a 25-11 record, 1.75 ERA and 10 shutouts. Her 251 strikeouts rank third on the Husky all-time season chart, as do her 585 career strikeouts.

Fiske, a junior third baseman from Temecula, Calif., led the Huskies through the Pac-10 season with a .317 average, five home runs and 15 runs batted in. Fiske ranks among the top 10 on the UW all-time career charts in runs batted in, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage.

Three Huskies were named to the All-Pacific-10 honorable mention team, including Sarah Hyatt, Dominique Lastrapes and Amanda Oleson.

Hyatt, a sophomore first baseman from Sedro-Woolley, Wash., ranks second on the team with 12 home runs, 44 runs batted in and .490 slugging percentage.

Lastrapes, a freshman second baseman from Laguna Hills, Calif., leads the team with 62 hits, while ranking second with a .346 average, 35 runs scored and nine doubles.

Oleson, a senior shortstop from Agoura Hills, Calif., ranks third on the team with a .282 average, 40 hits and 26 runs scored.

Washington opens the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed at the No. 8 Regional in Athens, Ga. The Huskies will face No. 8 seed Chattanooga on Thursday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. (PST). All of Washington's postseason games will air live on KKNW 1150-AM and will be broadcasted through Gametracker on the gohuskies.com web site.

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