Five Wildcats Named To NFCA All-America Teams

May 23, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Arizona softball players Jennie Finch, Toni Mascarenas,Lauren Bauer, Leneah Manuma and Nicole Giordano were named 2001All-Americans at Women's College World Series banquet ceremonies hereWednesday night.

Giordano earned third-team at-large selection from the National FastpitchCoaches Associatin while the other four were named to the NFCA first-teamAll-America squad.

Finch, a pitcher, leads Arizona into the World Series with a 29-0 recordand a nation-best 0.38 earned run average. Third baseman Mascarenas isamong national leaders with 22 home runs and sports a .411 batting averageand 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'sleft 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 finalNFCA regular-season rankings, had more players selected than any otherteam. No. 2 seed UCLA had four players picke, as did defending NCAAChampion Oklahoma. Stanford, the No. 6 seed, had four players includingthree first-team picks. Among those was Tucsonan Sara Beeson, a first baseman.

Other first-team selections inclue pitcher Britni Sneed of LSU, pitcherDana Sorensen of Stanford, catcher Stacey Nuveman of UCLA, second basemanKelsey Kollen of Michigan, shorstop Natasha Watley of UCLA, outfielderKelly Kretschman of Alabama, outfielder Oli Keohohou of BYU, utility playerKellie 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).

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