Cal Trio Named as Collegiate Player of the Year Finalists

April 11, 2005

BERKELEY - USA Softball recently tabbed California seniors Kelly Anderson and Vicky Galindo, and junior Lindsay James as finalists for the 2005 Collegiate Softball Player of the Year award.

Anderson, a pitcher from Woodland, Calif., leads the Bears with a 19-1 record, 0.89 ERA and a .135 opposing batting average. The Pac-10 Player of the Week for March 21-27, Anderson has pitched no-hitters against North Carolina (5-0, March 26) and Saint Mary's (10-0, April 6) and has 124 strikeouts and eight shutouts this season.

Third baseman Galindo (Union City, Calif.) is hitting .398 with a .545 slugging percentage and a team-leading eight doubles. A first team All-American, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 selection in 2004, Galindo has been a catalyst for Cal in the leadoff spot, recording a .459 on-base percentage.

James, a left fielder who played on the 2004 Greek Olympic softball team, is hitting a club-leading .478 with a .520 on-base percentage. The San Carlos, Calif., native, who is poised to become Cal's first .400 hitter in nine years and just the third in program history, also has 58 total bases and a .513 slugging percentage.

No. 3 Cal, along with No. 2 Arizona, were the only schools to have three finalists named.

The 2005 POY will be named during the Women's College World Series June 2-6 in Oklahoma City. The current field of 25 finalists will be narrowed down to 10 on May 10 and to three on May 31.

The Bears return to action Wednesday at Sacramento State in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. before resuming Pac-10 play at Oregon (April 15) and Oregon State (April 16-17).

For a complete list of finalists, visit USA Softball.com

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