SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State softball players Jillian Bivert and Alison Norman each received Big West all-conference team honors today. Bivert was named to the second team for the second-consecutive season while Norman received honorable mention honors.
Bivert, a junior from Woodland, Calif., earned the honor after leading the Hornets in virtually every offensive category including batting average (.327), on-base percentage (.398), slugging percentage (.451), runs (22), hits (50), doubles (nine), triples (two), home runs (two), walks (17), total bases (69) and fielding percentage (.980). Bivert, who also paced the team with 17 multiple-hit games, started all but one contest this season at first base, pitcher or designated player.
Bivert hit safely in 30 games and had three hitting streaks of at least four games throughout the season. As a pitcher, the left-hander posted a 2.47 ERA and held opponents to just a .245 batting average. Bivert, who was named conference player of the week on April 15, ranks seventh in the Big West in batting average. She currently has a .321 career batting average, which is the program''s top mark since the Hornets moved to Div. I in 1990.
Norman, a senior from Sparks, Nev., was named all-Big West for the first time of her four-year career after hitting .321 in 36 games for the Hornets. After starting a combined 18 games during her first three years with the program, Norman came on strong this season, finishing second among team leaders in batting average, on-base percentage (.364), slugging percentage (.381) and average with runners in scoring position (.351). She also tied for second among team leaders in RBIs (13) and stolen bases (five).
Norman had a career-high seven-game hitting streak earlier this season and led the team with four multiple-RBI games. She started 27 times (six in left field and 21 in right field) and was the only player on the Hornets to carry at least a .300 batting average during the entire season.
Sacramento State closed the 2002 season with an 18-33 overall record and a 7-17 mark in the Big West.