Huskies Place Two On NFCA All-America Teams
May 26, 2004
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.- Fifty-six players have been named to the 2004 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America first, second and third teams, including Washington's Kristen Rivera and Dominique Lastrapes. The awards were announced Wednesday night on the eve of the College World Series, giving the UW program its 27th and 28th All-America awards. All three teams were selected by NFCA-member NCAA Division I coaching representatives, bases on nominations from the 2004 season.
Rivera earns first team honors as a catcher after leading the Husky offense in nearly every category, including average (.390), home runs (17) and slugging percentage (.837). A junior from Perris, Calif., Rivera ranks second on the UW career charts with a .499 on-base percentage, .789 slugging percentage and 58 home runs. She also ranks third in walks (108) and fifth in batting average (.376) and runs batted in (179). The All-America award marks the third for Rivera who was a second team pick in 2002 and a first team selection in 2003.
Lastrapes is named to the third team as an at-large selection as she leads the team with 74 hits and 41 runs scored, while ranking second with a .381 average and 10 doubles. Lastrapes opened the postseason with 10-straight hits at the regional tournament in Athens, Ga., and was named tournament MVP for hitting 12-for-15 (.800) with six runs scored and four RBIs. Lastrapes' .381 average also ranks third on the UW all-time career list.
The Huskies will make their seventh appearance in the Women's College World Series as the No. 8 seed. UW will face No. 1 seed Oklahoma Thursday at 4 p.m. (PT). The game will air live on KKNW 1150 AM and will be televised on ESPN2.