Vanessa Iapala Named To USA Softball Player Of The Year Watch List

Jan. 28, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced on Friday the initial watch list for the 4TH annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Oregon State junior first baseman Vanessa Iapala is one of 40 players listed as a potential candidate for the award.

This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Iapala led the Beavers last season in batting average (.333), hits (71), doubles (14), slugging percentage (.540), and on-base percentage (.394), while becoming just the third player in Oregon State history to earn All-America accolades since 1987.

The initial watch list is comprised of 40 players that represent 23 colleges and 10 different collegiate Conferences. Even if a player doesn't appear on the initial watch list, they are still eligible for the award.

A list of 25 finalists will be announced on April 5. The list will then be reduced to 10 players on May 11, with three finalists being named on May 31. The winner of the 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced at the 2005 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player's academic institution.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of amateur softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions.

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