April 7, 2010

USA Softball Release

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the Top 25 Finalists for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, which will be announced at the opening of the NCAA 2010 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher and Washington’s Danielle Lawrie.

The Top 25 list represents 20 schools and seven different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list is comprised of 10 seniors, seven juniors,  one sophomore and seven freshman. The 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be chosen from the 25 finalists.

2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists

Name (School) – Year – Position – Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) – Junior – Utility – Pleasanton, Calif.
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) – Senior – Catcher/Infield – Cordova, Tenn.
*Kayla Braud (Alabama) –Freshman – Infielder – Eugene, Ore.
*Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) – Freshman – Third Base/Outfield –Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Francesca Enea (Florida) – Senior – Outfield – Woodland Hills, Calif.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) – Senior – Infield – Calexico, Calif.
*Kenzie Fowler (Arizona) – Freshman – Pitcher – Tucson, Ariz.
*Teagan Gerhart (Stanford) – Freshman – Pitcher/Infielder – Norco, Calif.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) – Senior  – Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Sarah Hamilton (Florida State) – Junior – Pitcher – Tallahassee, Fla.
Megan Langenfeld (UCLA) – Senior – Pitcher/First Base – Bakersfield, Calif.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) – Junior – Outfield - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) – Senior - Pitcher – Langley, B.C.
*Blaire Luna (Texas) – Freshman – Pitcher – Austin, Texas
* Jen Mineau (Fordham) – Sophomore – Pitcher – Schaghticoke, N.Y.
*Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) – Freshman – Pitcher – San Jose, Calif.
Melissa Roth (Louisville) – Senior – Catcher – Long Beach, Calif.
*Hope Rush (Georgia Tech) – Freshman – Pitcher/DP – Stockbridge, Ga.
Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) – Junior – Pitcher/Outfield – West Hills, Calif.
Kirsten Shortridge (LSU) – Senior – Pitcher/Outfield– Keller, Texas
*Jenn Salling (Washington) – Junior – Infield – Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina) – Senior – First Base/Pitcher - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
*Jordan Taylor (Michigan) – Junior – Pitcher – Valencia, Calif.
Rhea Taylor (Missouri) – Junior – Outfield – Buford, Ga.
Jen Yee (Georgia Tech) - Senior - Second Base – North Delta, B.C.
*Was not on Top 50 Watch list

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The three finalists will be announced May 26th while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.