Lauren Bauer named USOC female athlete of the month

Sept. 12, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY - Lauren Bauer (Santa Ana, CA) has been named as the USOCfemale athlete of the month for August.

Bauer received the prestigious honor in only her first season with the USA Softball Women's National Team, specifically for her performance in the 2001 Pan Am Qualifier and the 2001 ASA Women's Major National Championship.

At the 2001 Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, she showcased her hitting prowess. Bauer, named to the All-Tournament Team, extended her hitting streak to a season-high 15 games during the Qualifier and led the squad in hits (14) and home runs (three) as she helped the U.S. to its third consecutive gold medal at the event. Against Bermuda, Bauer connected for back-to-back home runs and added a third home run later in theday versus Columbia. She was also perfect in the field, posting a 1.000fielding percentage.

After returning from Venezuela, Bauer led the PhoenixStorms to its second consecutive Amateur Softball Association (ASA) NationalChampionship. For her efforts, she was named an ASA First TeamAll-American.

The USA Blue Women's National Team, which won the 2001 Pan Am Qualifier,finished third in voting for the USOC Team of the Month Award.

Later this month, Bauer will join 51 other athletes at the USA SoftballWomen's National Team Camp in Chula Vista, CA. At the conclusion of thecamp, a core group of 22 players will be selected to return for the 2002 USASoftball National Team Camp in May. Also, a team will be selected torepresent the USA at the 2002 South Pacific Classic in April.

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