USA Softball

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial “Watch List” for the 10th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. 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 two-time winner Washington’s Danielle Lawrie.

The 2011 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 36 schools and 15 different NCAA Division I Conferences with the Pac-10 Conference leading the way with seven schools represented. The list includes 23 seniors, 12 juniors and 15 sophomores.

The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 13. A player does not have to appear on this initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list.

*Freshman qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.  

USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
Name (School) Year Position Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) Senior Utility Pleasanton, Calif.
Hillary Bach (Arizona State) Junior Pitcher Tulsa, Okla.
Donna Bourgeois (Houston) Senior Pitcher Lafayette, La.
Katelyn Boyd (Arizona State) Junior Infield Phoenix, Ariz.
Kayla Braud (Alabama) Sophomore Infield Eugene, Ore.
Stephanie Brombacher (Florida) Senior Pitcher Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Anna Cahn (Cal Poly) Senior Pitcher/Designated Player Los Alamitos, Calif.
Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) Sophomore Outfield Thousand Oaks, Calif.
GiOnna DiSalvatore (UCLA) Senior Infield Palm Harbor, Fla.
Kelsi Dunne (Alabama) Senior Pitcher Port Orange, Fla.
Rachele Fico (LSU) Sophomore Pitcher Oxford, Conn.
Kenzie Fowler (Arizona) Sophomore Pitcher Tucson, Ariz.
Olivia Galati (Hofstra) Sophomore Pitcher West Babylon, NY
Alisa Goler (Georgia) Senior Infield Frankfort, Ill.
Melissa Gonzalez (Hawaii) Senior Infield Moreno Valley, Calif.
Kelly Grieve (Tennessee) Senior Outfield Asheville, N.C.
Ashley Guile (Nebraska) Junior Utility Olathe, Kan.
Meredith Hackett (Illinois) Junior Infield Corona, Calif.
Sarah Hamilton (Florida State) Senior Pitcher Tallahassee, Fla.
Ashley Hansen (Stanford) Junior Infield Chandler, Ariz.
Andrea Harrison (UCLA) Junior Outfield Garden Grove, Calif.
Alicia Herron (Ohio State) Junior Shortstop Cypress, Calif.
Alex Holmes (UC Davis) Senior Pitcher/DP San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Whitney Kiihnl (Lipscomb) Junior Pitcher/Outfield Batesville, Miss.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) Senior Outfield Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Blaire Luna (Texas ) Sophomore Pitcher Austin, Texas
Kelly Majam (Hawaii) Sophomore Outfield Pine Valley, Calif.
Jenna Marston (Missouri) Sophomore Infield St. Louis, Mo.
Meagan May (Texas A&M) Sophomore Catcher/1B Spring, Texas
Morgan Melloh (Indiana) Senior Pitcher Fishers, Ind.
Jen Mineau (Fordham) Junior Pitcher Schaghticoke, N.Y.
Abby Olson (Illinois State) Senior Infield Hartsburg, Ill.
Toni Paisley (East Carolina) Senior Pitcher/Utility Lakewood, Calif.
Samantha Pappas (Oregon) Sophomore Outfield Las Flores, Calif.
Sara Plourde (Massachusetts) Junior Pitcher Bristol, Conn.
Jessica Purcell Fitu (BYU) Senior Catcher Walnut, Calif.
Jamia Reid (California) Junior Outfield Buena Park, Calif.
Ivy Renfroe (Tennessee) Sophomore Pitcher Jackson, Tenn.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) Sophomore Pitcher San Jose, Calif.
Hope Rush (Georgia Tech) Sophomore Pitcher Stockbridge, Ga.
Jenn Salling (Washington) Senior Infield Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) Senior Outfield West Hills, Calif.
Brittany Schutte (Florida) Sophomore Utility Fountain Valley, Calif.
April Setterlund (Boston) Senior Outfield Torrance, Calif.
Dorian Shaw (Michigan) Senior Infield Burke, Va.
Kristen Shifflett (Radford) Senior Shortstop Charlottesville, Va.
Jessica Shults (Oklahoma) Sophomore Catcher Valencia, Calif.
Jordan Taylor (Michigan) Senior Pitcher Valencia, Calif.
Rhea Taylor (Missouri) Senior Outfield Buford, Ga.
Niki Williams (Washington) Junior Outfield Mission Viejo, Calif.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 11. The final three finalists will be announced May 25 while the winner of the 2011 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.