Rivera Ties Washington Home Run Record
April 29, 2005
Seattle, Wash. - Washington catcher Kristen Rivera continued her assault on the Husky record books today, launching her 73rd career home run to tie Jamie Clark for the all-time career record. The three-time All-American and 2005 Pac-10 player of the year also tops the Husky record books in most individual home runs for a season (25), most home runs in a game (3 vs. Purdue on 3/03/03), most walks in a game (4 vs. Arizona State on 4/4/04), highest seasonal on-base percentage (.569, 2004) and highest career on-base percentage (.502). Rivera is now tied for fifth on the Pac-10 all-time home runs list, and is only three bombs away from the fourth spot held by Jenny Dalton of Arizona (1993-1996).
Trailing fourth-ranked Stanford 2-3 in the bottom of the third, Rivera took hold of a Jessica McCullough pitch to tie up the game with her 15th home run of the season.
'The home run felt really good,' Rivera said after the game. 'Jamie Clark and I had been talking about the record before the game, and she told me to go out and break it this weekend. It felt awesome, especially because that hit tied up the game.'
A finalist for the 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, Rivera leads the country with 1.18 walks per game and a .917 slugging percentage. She also ranks 12th with 0.31 home runs per game and 23rd with 0.91 runs per game.
Rivera ranks seventh on the conference all-time list with 163 career walks and is 10 walks away from the No. 6 spot held by Leah Braatz (173). Rivera has driven in 218 runs in her career, which ranks fifth on the UW all-time list. She needs seven more RBIs to enter the Pac-10 top-10. The No. 10 spot is currently held by former Husky Michelle Church, who drove in 225 runs between 1993-96.
Rivera attempts to take sole possession of the home run record on Saturday, April 30th when the Huskies host the California Golden Bears at 2 p.m. at the Husky Softball Stadium.