Cal Softball Receives Two All-America Nods

May 21, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Seniors Veronica Nelson and Courtney Scott were both named NFCA All-Americans, it was announced tonight at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2003 Women's College World Series at ASA Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium.

Both players were named to the second team with Nelson taking honors at first base, and Scott being named as an at-large catcher. It is the second All-American selection for Nelson who earned first team honors as a sophomore in 2001, and the first national honor for Scott.

Nelson (Oakland, Calif.) leads Cal this season with a .374 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and a .682 slugging percentage. She is the NCAA all-time leader in walks with 380 and also tops the school record books in RBI with 165. She was named to the NCAA regional all-tournament team last week in Michigan after hitting .455, including the gamewinning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Bears upset top-seeded DePaul to advance to the regional championship game.

Scott (Clovis, Calif.) is hitting .313 on the year and leads the team with 41 RBI and 12 doubles. She also boasts a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Scott, who ranks among the top six in seven career statistical categories at Cal, also was named all-tournament at regionals. She hit .385 during the four-game event, highlighted by a three-run home run in a 9-0 victory against Michigan.

This is the third straight year that the Cal program has had two players selected to the All-America team.

The seventh-seeded Bears open defense of their first national championship when they face conference rival and No. 2 seed UCLA Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. PDT in the Women's College World Series.

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