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Kliebenstein, Rivera Earn Softball Weekly Honors

3/27/2017

Tara Kliebenstein was the centerpiece of a CSUN offensive explosion, while Cerissa Rivera established a career high in strikeouts in a Cal State Fullerton win.

Kliebenstein’s Power Helps Matadors To Doubleheader Sweeps

CSUN senior Tara Kliebenstein (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino HS) helped her squad outscore the opposition 44-11 in four wins, as she collected Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.

The second baseman scored five runs and drove in six more while batting .600 (6-for-10) to help the Matadors sweep Murray State and CSU Bakersfield in consecutive doubleheaders.  She also homered twice and added a triple in posting a mammoth 1.400 slugging percentage for the week.

Kliebenstein had at least one run scored and one hit in all four games.  She recorded her second three-bagger of the year in the game two, 11-0 win over the Racers, finishing with a run scored and two RBIs.

She homered in both games at CSUB as the Matadors won by a combined margin of 19-4.  She went 2-for-2 with a career high-tying three RBIs in the 10-2 victory.  In a 9-2 triumph, she hit a solo shot, her fourth of the year.

For the year, Kliebenstein is batting .324 and has set new career highs for runs scored (24), homers, RBIs (14) and stolen bases (3).  She has helped CSUN win 18 of its last 21 contests.

Others nominated: Crimson Kaiser (Cal Poly); Lexi Gonzalez (Cal State Fullerton); Jenna Curtan (UC Riverside); Alyssa Diaz (UC Santa Barbara)

Rivera Sets Career High With 11 Strikeouts In Win

Cal State Fullerton senior Cerissa Rivera (Westminster, Calif./Monmouth) established a career high with 11 strikeouts in a shutout victory over Loyola Marymount to earn Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week kudos.

The right-hander, making just her second start of the season, scattered three hits and walked two in the 3-0 triumph.

Rivera allowed singles in the third, fifth and sixth innings but that was all the offense the Lions could muster.  She ran into trouble in just one frame – the third – when she allowed a single and a walk to put runners at first and second.  That was the only point in the game where Loyola Marymount managed to get a runner to second base.  However, Rivera coaxed a groundout to end any scoring threat.

Others nominated: Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly); Taylor Troost (CSUN); Tayler Misfeldt (UC Riverside)