Two Get Invited To USA Softball Women's National Team Camp

April 11, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - - Cal's Jocelyn Forest and Veronica Nelson have been selected by the Amateur Softball Association as two of the fifty-one of the nation's finest women's fast pitch softball players to participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, May 30-June 3 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. USA Softball will select two 16-player teams to represent the U.S. in international competitions such as the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, the Canada Cup in Vancouver and the Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela during the 2001 season.

The players invited are a who's who of women's fast pitch softball, including NCAA Champions, World Champions and a total of 54 NCAA All-America selections. A total of 10 states from Alabama to California and 15 NCAA Division I colleges will be represented at the 2001 USA Softball Women's National Team Camp. Additional players could be added if any of these players are unable to attend the camp.

Forest, a junior from Santa Maria, CA, currently is 22-3 overall and is among the top 10 in the NCAA in wins, ERA and strikeouts per seven innings. Earlier this season, Forest had an 88 consecutive scoreless-inning streak, good enough for sixth on the all-time NCAA record book.

Nelson, a sophomore from Oakland, CA, tied the Cal career home run record last weekend with her 28th career homer against Oregon. The home run was her 14th on the year, tying her own Cal season home run record that she set in 2000. Nelson currently is batting .404 overall, and has drawn a Pac-10 leading 58 walks. Last year, Nelson shattered the NCAA season walk record with 87.

Amanda Scott, older sister of Cal sophomore catcher Courtney Scott, was also selected to participate in the camp. Amanda Scott was an All-American pitcher from Fresno State.

Selections for the 2001 USA Softball Women's National Teams will be made following the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp. The two teams will then participate in the USA Softball Shootout, a four-city West Coast tour that will stop in Portland (June 8), Spokane (June 10), Sacramento (June 14) and Los Angeles (June 17) prior to leaving for the U.S. Cup in Hawaii.

USA Softball Women's National Teams have been among the most dominating of any sports team in history. The USA's ability to bring home the gold in World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Olympics is unchallenged, with a total of thirteen.The USA Softball Women's National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport's history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The USA Softball Women's National Team, which has won the past four consecutive World Championships, the past four consecutive Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.

For complete coverage of the USA Softball Women's National Team, visit the website at http://www.usasoftball.com.

Breakdown of players by state:

Alabama-Ginger Jones, Northport.

Arizona-Becky Lemke, Fountain Valley, Tairia Mims, Tucson, Sarah Beeson,Tucson, Missy Hixon, Scottsdale, Kara Brun, Glendale, Amy Chellevold,Tucson.

California-Amanda Freed, Cypress, Amanda Scott, Clovis, Jennie Finch, LaMirada, Dana Sorensen, San Diego, Kirsten Voak, Fremont, Jennifer Sharron,Agoura Hills, Keira Goerl, Moreno Valley, Jocelyn Forest, Santa Maria, Courtney Dale, Fresno, Stacey Nuveman, LaVerne, Jenny Topping, Whittier, Lindsey Collins, Fountain Valley, Veronica Nelson, Oakland, Andrea Loman, Riverside, Lovieanne Jung, Westminster, Nina Lindenberg, Anaheim Hills, Jennifer Lizama, San Lorenzo, Toni Mascarenas, Garden Grove, Michelle Gates, Chowchilla, Julie Adams, Cypress, Natasha Watley, Irvine, Melanie Alkire, Union City, Jaime Clark, Tustin, Jessica Mendoza, Camarillo, Lauren Bauer, Santa Ana, Nicole Giordano, Saugus, Kelly Hauxhurst, Westminster, Becky Witt, Reseda, Lizzy Lemire, Irvine, Nichole Thompson, Irvine, Nancy Evans, Glendale and Toria Auelua, Garden Grove.

Colorado-Amber Burgess, Littleton, Trena Peel, Aurora.

Florida-Kellie Wilkerson, Jackonsville.

Kansas-Lisa Carey, Topeka

Oklahoma-Ashli Barrett, Oklahoma City, Kelli Braitsch, Broken Arrow.

Oregon-Nicole Barber-Oregon City.

Texas-Britni Sneed, Houston, Catherine Osterman, Cypress, Kim DePaul, Tomball.

Washington-Keri McCallum, Bremerton, Stephenie Little, Olympia.

Breakdown of players by college:

University of Alabama (1)Ginger Jones

University of Arizona (9)Jennie FinchBecky LemkeLindsey CollinsLovieanne JungToni MascarenasLauren BauerNicole GiordanoNancy EvansAmy Chellevold

Arizona State (4)Kirsten VoakMissy HixonKara BrunNichole Thompson

California (2)Jocelyn ForestVeronica Nelson

UCLA (8)Amanda FreedKeira GoerlCourtney DaleStacey NuvemanTairia MimsJulie AdamsNatasha WatleyToria Auelua

Cal State Fullerton (2)Jenny ToppingStephenie Little

Cypress Springs High School (1)Catherine Osterman

Fresno State (3)Amanda ScottNina LindenbergBecky Witt

University of Georgia (1)Nicole Barber

Louisiana State (LSU) (2)Britni SneedTrena Peel

Mississippi State (3)Keri McCallumMichelle GatesKellie Wilkerson

University of Nebraska (2)Amber BurgessJennifer Lizama

Notre Dame (4)Jennifer SharronAndrea LomanMelanie AlkireLizzy Lemire

University of Oklahoma (3)Ashli BarrettLisa CareyKelli Braitsch

Stanford (3)Dana SorensenSarah BeesonJessica Mendoza

University of Washington (3)Kim DePaulJamie ClarkKelly Hauxhurst

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