The Amateur Softball Association has announced the 25 finalists for the 5th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
The award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The players on the list represent 18 colleges and seven different NCAA Division I conferences. Among the list are 12 seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Eight of the finalists were among the Top 25 finalists in 2005, including the final three nominees from last season, Michigan’s Jennie Ritter, Arizona’s Caitlin Lowe and Texas’ Cat Osterman.
The list will be trimmed to 10 finalists May 10, and then cut to the three who will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner on May 31.
Osterman became the first two-time winner of the National Player of the Year Award in 2005 after leading her Longhorns to the Big 12 title and a berth into the NCAA Women’s College World Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Osterman (Texas-2003) and Jessica Van der Linden (Florida State-2004).
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award Top 25 Finalists
Monica Abbott – Jr., P, Tennessee
Lacey Bertucci – Jr. 1B, Louisiana-Lafayette
Katie Burkhart – So., P, Arizona State
Kaitlin Cochran, Fr., OF, Arizona State
Melanie Denischuk, Jr., 1B/3B, UMBC
Kristi Durant, Sr., 3B/C, Tennessee
Sara Fekete, Sr., OF, Tennessee
Danyele Gomez, Sr., OF, Louisiana-Lafayette
Jenna Hall – Sr., 1B, Illinois
Whitney Haller – Fr., 1B/P, Georgia Tech
Alicia Hollowell – Sr., P, Arizona
Leslie Klein – Jr., OF, LSU
Jodie Legaspi – Jr., SS, UCLA
Caitlin Lowe – Jr., SS, Arizona
Brianne McGowan – Jr., P/1B, Oregon State
Kellie Middleton – Jr., OF, Georgia
Cat Osterman – Sr., P, Texas
Jennie Ritter – Sr., P, Michigan
Anjelica Selden – So., P, UCLA
Kristina Thorson – Sr., P, California
Angela Tincher – So., P, Virginia Tech
Stephanie VanBrakle – Sr., P, Alabama
Kristin Vesley – Sr., OF, Oklahoma
Desiree Williams – So., P/UT, Texas
Haley Woods - Sr., C/1B, California