May 21, 2003
OKLAHOMA CITY -
The University of Arizona had four players named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team Wednesday evening, including three first-team selections in senior shortstop Lovieanne Jung and two freshmen -- pitcher Alicia Hollowell and outfielder Autumn Champion.
Sophomore Courtney Fossatti, the Wildcats' right fielder, earned second-team honors.
The four were feted along with the complete first-, second- and third-teams at the Opening Ceremonies for the 22nd annual Women's College World Series here where top-seeded Arizona will face No. 8 seed Alabama at 10 a.m. Thursday in first-round action.
Jung was an at-large selection, with UCLA's Natasha Watley chosen as the first-team shortstop. Watley beat Jung out for first-team All-Pac-10 honors and the league's Player of the Year honor. Jung, the Cats' three-hole hitter, leads the team in batting (.464), hits (77), runs (69), doubles (20), triples (2), home runs (25), runs batted in (77), walks (53) and slugging percentage (1.060). She is the Division I home run leader.
Texas sophomore Cat Osterman beat out both Jung and Watley, the other two finalists, for the USA College Player of the Year Award as selected by the Amateur Softball Association and also announced at the ceremonies in ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Hollowell set an Arizona freshman record with a 38-3 pitching record, and takes 348 strikeouts into World Series play -- No. 2 in Arizona annals to former All-American Jennie Finch, who set the record last year with 366 strikeouts. Hollowell compiled a 0.85 earned run average against superb competition.
Champion was UA's hitting leader most of the year and carries a .453 batting average as UA's leadoff hitter. She has 87 hits, just a handful shy of UA's all-time single-season Top 10 chart. She led the team with 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts and reached base 48 percent of her plate appearances.
Fossatti is arguably the club's best defensive outfielder -- she threw out six runners-- and hit .339 in the set-up spot as the No. 2 hitter. She scored 43 runs, drove in 23 and tied for the team lead with seven sacrifice hits.
Jung was named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Region 1 tournament last week in Tucson, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Hollowell and Champion.
It was Jung's third All-America honor. She was a third-team infield selection in 1999 and 2000 while playing at Fresno State.
Top-ranked Arizona won the Pac-10 title with a 19-2 record and leads the country with its 54-5 overall record.
The complete list of first-team All-Americans:
Keira Goerl, pitcher, UCLA Alicia Hollowell, pitcher, Arizona Cat Osterman, pitcher, Texas Kristen Rivera, catcher, Washington Stacey Porter, first base, Hawaii Andrea Hillsey, second base, Purdue Leah Gulla, third base, Oklahoma Natasha Watley, shortstop, UCLA Autumn Champion, outfield, Arizona Janalisi Keohohou, outfield, BYU Iylhia McMichael, outfield, Mississippit State Claire Sua, designated player, UCLA Tairia Mims, utility, UCLA Lauren Bay, pitcher/at-large, Oklahoma State Lindsey Chouinard, pitcher/at-large, DePaul Lovie Jung, shortstop/at-large, Arizona Jenny Topping, first base/at-large, Cal State Fullerton Jessica van der Linden, utility/at-large, Florida State
Second-Team All-America, Pac-10 selections: Veronica Nelson, first base, California Courtney Fossatti, outfield, Arizona Phelan Wright, third base, Arizona State Tia Bollinger, pitcher, Washington Courtney Scott, catcher/at-large, California
Third-Team All-America, Pac-10 selections: Brynnen Guthrie, second base, Oregon State Catalina Morris, outfield, Stanford Andrea Vidlund, utility/at-large, Oregon