Kristen Rivera Named Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year

May 18, 2005

SEATTLE- Washington senior Kristen Rivera has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year. This is the second year in a row Rivera has won the award. She shares the honor with Arizona's Caitlin Lowe.

Rivera, a three-time All-American catcher, leads the nation in slugging percentage (.955) and walks (1.24 per game) and ranks second in homeruns (.37 per game). She holds the UW career home run record with 77 blasts, which rank fourth on the Pac-10 all-time list. She also holds the single-season (25/ 2003) and single-game (3) homeruns records.

Rivera's 230 RBI rank second at UW and eighth on the Pac-10 all time chart. She is hitting .373 this season with seven doubles, 19 home runs and 51 RBI. Rivera set the UW single-season walks record this year with 63 walks (22 intentional) and is a top-ten finalist for USA Collegiate Player of the Year for the third year in a row.

Senior third base man Kathy Fiske and freshman short stop Ashley Charters were named to the all-conference second team.

Fiske is hitting .316 and has hit nine homeruns and driven in 35 more despite missing 18 games due to a broken hand. She has belted two grand slams this season to set the UW career record with five. Fiske also led the Huskies with 17 RBI in Pac-10 games. She ranks fourth on the UW career list with 34 homeruns and her 108 RBI rank eighth.

Charters leads the team with a .382 average and leads the conference with 32 stolen bases. She is the first Husky to steal 30 bases in a season since 1998 and ranks sixth nationally (0.63) per game. Charters leads the team with 16 multi-hit games and ranks fifth nationally with one run per game.

Four Huskies were named to the All-Conference honorable mention team including freshman outfielder Lauren Greer, junior first baseman Sarah Hyatt, sophomore second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and junior outfielder Aimee Minor.

Greer ranks second on the team with a .268 average vs. Pac-10 opponents and has hit five homeruns. She was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 19-25 after hitting .667 over four games with five runs scored, four RBI and two homeruns.

Hyatt is hitting .261 and ranks third on the team with 13 homeruns and 40 RBI. She has had 12 multi-RBI games this season and ranks eighth on the UW all-time list with 108 career RBI. Hyatt also ranks fifth on the UW all-time list with 32 career homeruns.

Lastrapes is hitting .316 and leads the team with a .357 average in Pac-10 games. She has hit 10 doubles and three homeruns this season and has 20 RBI. Her 42 runs scored rank third on the team.

Minor is hitting .311 and has smacked 15 homeruns this season to rank eighth on the UW all-time chart with 23 homeruns. Minor has driven in 49 runs and boasts a .712 slugging percentage. She was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for May 9-15 after hitting .714 in three games against Oregon State and Oregon. Minor has been invited to the USA National Team Camp in June.

Washington is making its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and opens play against Creighton in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, May 20. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM (PST) and will be broadcast by KKNW 1150 AM.

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