May 23, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Arizona softball players Jennie Finch, Toni Mascarenas, Lauren Bauer, Leneah Manuma and Nicole Giordano were named 2001 All-Americans at Women's College World Series banquet ceremonies here Wednesday night.
Giordano earned third-team at-large selection from the National Fastpitch Coaches Associatin while the other four were named to the NFCA first-team All-America squad.
Finch, a pitcher, leads Arizona into the World Series with a 29-0 record and a nation-best 0.38 earned run average. Third baseman Mascarenas is among national leaders with 22 home runs and sports a .411 batting average and 77 RBI. Bauer, hitting .450, has 104 hits and 37 stolen bases. Manuma, a fresman designated player, has 19 home runs and 61 RBI. Giordano, UA's left fielder, is hitting .400 with 61 runs scored and 32 RBI.
Arizona, the top seed in the Series and the nation's No. 1 in the final NFCA regular-season rankings, had more players selected than any other team. No. 2 seed UCLA had four players picke, as did defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma. Stanford, the No. 6 seed, had four players including three first-team picks. Among those was Tucsonan Sara Beeson, a first baseman.
Other first-team selections inclue pitcher Britni Sneed of LSU, pitcher Dana Sorensen of Stanford, catcher Stacey Nuveman of UCLA, second baseman Kelsey Kollen of Michigan, shorstop Natasha Watley of UCLA, outfielder Kelly Kretschman of Alabama, outfielder Oli Keohohou of BYU, utility player Kellie Wilkerson of Mississippi State, and at-large picks Kelli Braitsch (ss, Oklahoma), Kristi Hanks (p, Iowa), Jessica Mendoza (of, Stanford), Veronica Nelson (1b, California) and Jenny Topping (c, Cal State Fullerton).