Former UIC All-American is in her first season as a student assistant coach with the Flames softball program.
2004 Notes: NFCA/Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American...NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team...Horizon League Player of the Year...All-Horizon League First Team honoree...Horizon League Tournament MVP, Batting Champion and All-Tournament Team recipient...Two-time Horizon League Player of the Week (3/22, 4/26)...set UIC and Horizon League single-season home run record with 20 in '04 while she also finished as the UIC and Horizon League career home run leader with 52...led the Horizon League with 58 RBI and a .500 on-base percentage...batted a career-high .371 with 66 hits and 13 doubles...posted a .750 batting average and a .926 on-base percentage in leading the Flames to the Horizon League Tournament title...broke the UIC career home run record with a three-run, game-winning blast at then #10 Stanford on March 21st...became the first player in UIC history to hit two homers in the same inning with two blasts in the seventh in game one of a doubleheader at Butler on April 12th...belted a pair of homers in the Flames' 6-4 comeback win over DePaul on April 29th...totaled 20 multi-hit and 17 multi-RBI games.
2003 Notes: Saw action in 54 games for UIC as the designated player...earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors...led UIC in batting with a .299 (41-for-137) average while also leading the team in home runs (5), slugging percentage (.438) and on-base percentage (.439)...tallied 21 RBI on the year...raised her average to .367 versus league opponents with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI...led the Flames with 10 multi-hit games while posting six multi-RBI outings...opened with a .400 (12-for-30) average in the season's first month...drew 31 walks during the year...homered in back-to-back games versus Nevada and Mississippi State at the New Mexico State Tournament in late February...moved into third place in the UIC career record book for home runs with 32.
2002 Notes: Enjoyed a standout sophomore season, playing in 63 contests as the designated player...named to the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team and was a First Team All-Horizon League honoree for the second straight year...finished the campaign batting .320 (56-for-175) with a career-best 14 home runs and a team-best 64 RBI...ranked in the top five nationally in RBIs all season long...selected as the Horizon League Tournament MVP after setting a Horizon League Tournament record with three home runs during the three-day event ...notched 12 multiple-hit games over the 2002 season...led UIC with 19 multiple-RBI games...is fourth in UIC history with 27 career blasts...went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the Flames' Horizon League tournament opener against Youngstown State...went 2-for-3 with five RBI, including a grand slam in a 7-6 victory over Purdue on April 16...recorded four RBI games against New Mexico State (Feb. 1) and Cleveland State (April 15).
2001 Notes: Dominant season as a freshman...played in all 71 games earning All-Great Lakes Region First Team honors...also earned All-MCC First-Team and All-MCC Newcomer Team recognition...set UIC rookie record for home runs with 13...batted .354 (64-for-181) with 50 RBI...owned a team-best on-base percentage of .464 with 19 walks and a UIC record 21 hit-by-pitches...hit six home runs in her last 15 games...tallied her first collegiate hit in the Flames' opener at Long Beach State on Feb. 2...collected her first career home run three games later versus UC-Riverside (Feb. 3)...batted .500 (8-for-16) at the season-opening Long Beach State Invitational...posted monster numbers at the plate in MCC play during the regular season, batting .441 (15-for-34) with four doubles, a home run and 11 RBI...also tabbed a .647 slugging percentage and .568 on-base percentage in her 12 league games...drove in a career-high four runs in a 2-for-2 effort at Detroit on April 21...launched a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning versus Cleveland State (April 22)...tallied a nine-game hitting streak between April 9 and April 22...hit a pair of home runs and drove in three in the UIC's opening round victory over Cleveland State at the MCC Tournament...all in all, owned Vikings' pitching, going 6-for-8 with three home runs and seven RBI in her three meetings with them.
Prep Notes: Posted monster numbers at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif, where she lettered all four years...after tabbing the area's top batting average (.440) as a freshman, she outdid herself as a sophomore, leading the state with a .630 average...also set a school record that year for hits in a season with 46...hit .560 and .530, respectively, her junior and senior seasons...totaled 13 home runs and 84 RBI during her prep career...four-time all-area selection and two-time First-Team California Interscholastic Federation honoree...also earned a spot on the first-team All-Bay League squad her final two seasons while being named Bay League MVP following her senior campaign...guided the Sea Hawks to a 14-0 league record her sophomore year and an appearance in the CIF quarterfinals.
Personal Notes: Daughter of John and Donna Rivera...born September 6, 1981...majoring in History.