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Four Cats Named to 2006 USA Softball National Collegiate Player-of-the-Year Watch List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/01/2006
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Oklahoma City ?- The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today its initial watch list for the fifth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player-of-the-Year Award.  Four UA players were included on 50-name list, including 2005 Player-of-the-Year finalist Caitlin Lowe.

 

Now a junior, Lowe is joined by seniors Alicia Hollowell and Autumn Champion, as well as junior Kristie Fox.

 

UA’s leadoff hitter and centerfielder, Lowe is a two-time, first team All-American, who finished second in national batting average last year.  Additionally, Lowe hauled in the Pac-10 Player-of-the-Year award in 2005, after being tabbed Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2004.

 

Hollowell is a three-time All-American who aims to continue her dominance in the circle for the fourth consecutive year.  Through three years, Hollowell has a 112-18 record to go along with a 0.86 ERA and 1,348 career strikeouts.  Should Hollowell have a year anything like the previous three, she will finish in the NCAA’s top 10 in eight major career pitching categories.

 

As UA’s leftfielder, Champion is a two-time, first team All-American.  In 2004, Champion brought home the national batting title with a .489 average.  An efficient player, Champion is 54-for-63 in career stolen base attempts and was a perfect 52-for-52 in fielding chances last season.

 

Fox, a shortstop, earned her first All-American citation in 2005, when she was named a first-team at-large player.  Fox smacked her way to the top with a nation-leading 64 RBI in 2005, giving her 101 career RBI in two years.  Fox demonstrated an uncanny eye at the plate, where she struck out in only 15 of her 180 at-bats, while walking 27 times.

 

The 2006 Pre-season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 28 schools and 10 different NCAA Division I Conferences. USA Softball will announce its 25 finalists on April 5. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top 25 finalist, but once the Top 25 is named the remaining finalist must be selected from that list.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 10. The three finalists will be announced May 31. The winner of the 2006 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced during the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.


 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List:

(listed in alphabetical order)

Monica Abbott

Salinas, CA

Tennessee

Jr.

Pitcher

Caitlin Benyi

Scottsdale, AZ

UCLA

Sr.

Second Base

Tina Boutelle

Katy, TX

Texas

Sr.

Outfield

Courtney Bures

Haymarket, VA

Mississippi State

So.

Infield

Katie Burkhart

San Luis Obispo, CA

Arizona State

So.

Pitcher

Kasi Carroll

Norris City, IL

Georgia

Jr.

Pitcher/Outfield

Lauren Castle

Lafayette, LA

LSU

Sr.

Outfield

Autumn Champion

Tustin, CA

Arizona

Sr.

Outfield

Christina Clark

Santa Ana, CA

Fresno State

Sr.

Infield

Garland Cooper

Mission Viejo, CA

Northwestern

Jr.

First Base

Holly Currie

Pisgah, AL

Auburn

Jr.

Pitcher/First Base

Jennifer Curtier

Lancaster, CA

Pacific

Sr.

First Base

Megan Denny

Crowley, TX

Texas

So.

Pitcher

Norrelle Dickson

Orange, CA

Oklahoma

Jr.

Third Base/SS

Andrea Duran

Selma, CA

UCLA

Sr.

Third Base

Kristi Durant

Placentia, CA

Tennessee

Sr.

3rd/Catcher

Sarah Fekete

Maryville, TN

Tennessee

Sr.

Outfield

Samantha Findlay

Lockport, IL

Michigan

So.

First Base

Courtnay Foster

Tucson, AZ

Northwestern

Sr.

Pitcher

Kristie Fox

San Diego, CA

Arizona

Jr.

Shortstop

Megan Gibson

Spring, TX

Texas A&M

So.

Pitcher/First Base

Danyele Gomez

Metairie, LA

Louisiana Lafayette

Sr.

Outfield

Tiffany Haas

North Tustin, CA

Michigan

Sr.

Second Base

Alicia Hollowell

Suisun, CA

Arizona

Sr.

Pitcher

Vanessa Iapala

San Diego, CA

Oregon State

Sr.

First Base /Catcher

Amber Jackson

Fontana, CA

Bethune-Cookman

Sr.

Shortstop

Chelsi Lake

Keller, TX

Baylor

Jr.

Infield

Lauren Lappin

Anaheim, CA

Stanford

Sr.

Shortstop

/Catcher

Sara Larquier

Burbank, CA

Virginia

Sr.

Third Base

Dominique Lastrapes

Mission Viejo, CA

Washington

Jr.

Second Base

Danielle Lawrie

Langley, British Columbia

Washington

Fr.

Pitcher

Jodie Legaspi

Garden Grove, CA

UCLA

Jr.

Shortstop

Caitlin Lowe

Tustin, CA

Arizona

Jr.

Shortstop

Brianne McGowan

Reno, NV

Oregon

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