May 28, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - Arizona junior first baseman Laine Roth and freshman outfielder Brittany Lastrapes were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America team today, giving Arizona an All-American player every year since 1990 and 81 overall citations since the National Fastpitch Coaches Association began picking the squads.
Roth and Lastrapes earned third-team honors. The last time a Wildcat didn't get first-team honors came in 1999 when Lauren Bauer, Nicole Giordano and Becky Lemke all made third team. It was the first All-America honor for both. Lastrapes is UA's first freshman named since Caitlin Lowe in 2004.
For the first year since 1991, no Arizona pitcher - in this case Taryne Mowatt, a second-team selection a year ago -- was not named to the All-America squad.
Roth and Lastrapes have traded leads for the team-high in batting average this year, with Lastrapes entering Women's College World Series play on top with a .378 mark, a team-best 52 runs and 40 RBI. Roth is tied for second on the club with 15 home runs, is hitting .344 and has driven in 42 runs.
They were among 13 players from Pac-10 teams -- three of which will open WCWS play here tomorrow (Arizona, ASU and UCLA). Pac-10 champion ASU placed two players on the first team and a total of five to lead Pac-10 squads. UCLA had four All-Americans.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA NCAA Division I All-America Teams
Pos. Name School P Stacey Nelson - University of Florida P Anjelica Selden - UCLA P Angela Tincher - Virginia Tech C Chelsea Bramlett - Mississippi State University 1B Alexandra Gardiner - University of Florida 2B Samantha Findlay - University of Michigan 3B Tonya Callahan - University of Tennessee SS Tammy Williams - Northwestern University OF Kaitlin Cochran - Arizona State University OF Brittany Rogers - University of Alabama OF Holly Tankersley - University of Louisiana at Lafayette UT/P Megan Gibson - Texas A&M University UT/Non-P Lauren Grill - University of Mississippi At-Large/P Katie Burkhart - Arizona State University At-Large/SS Courtney Bures - Mississippi State University At-Large/1B GiOnna DiSalvatore - UCLA At-Large/3B Kelley Montalvo - University of Alabama At-Large/UT-P Charlotte Morgan - University of Alabama
Second Team P Angel Shamblin - University of Houston P Jordan Taylor - University of Michigan P Brooke Turner - Long Beach State University C Noelle Micka University of Nevada 1B Stephanie Fischer - Tennessee Tech University 2B Aja Paculba - University of Florida 3B Amber Patton - DePaul University SS Savannah Long - University of Oklahoma OF Alessandra Giampaolo - University of Michigan OF Lisa Kingsmore - Winthrop University OF Rhea Taylor - University of Missouri UT/P Danielle Spaulding - University of North Carolina UT/Non-P Kiki Munoz - California State University, Fullerton At-Large/2B Mindy Cowles - Arizona State University At-Large/OF Francesca Enea - University of Florida At-Large/OF Amber Flores - University of Oklahoma At-Large/P D.J. Mathis - University of Oklahoma At-Large/P Morgan Melloh - Fresno State University
Third Team P Kelsi Dunne - University of Alabama P Nikki Nemitz - University of Michigan P Missy Penna - Stanford University C Rachel Folden - Marshall University 1B Laine Roth - University of Arizona 2B Amanda Kamekona - UCLA 3B Brette Reagan - Baylor University SS Jessica Valis - University of Houston OF Alissa Haber - Stanford University OF Jackie Vasquez -Arizona State University OF Laurie Wagner - University of Houston UT/P Megan Langenfeld - UCLA UT/Non-P Brittany Vanderink - Ohio State University At-Large/3B Krista Donnenwirth - Arizona State University At-Large/3B Jamie Hinshaw - Texas A&M University At-Large/OF Brittany Lastrapes - University of Arizona At-Large/1B Jamie Lettire - Princeton University At-Large/C Samantha Marder - Ohio State University At-Large/OF Kim Waleszonia - University of Florida