Anjelica Selden Named Pac-10 Softball Newcomer of the Year

May 18, 2005

UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year for 2005, it was announced on Wednesday. Selden, along with Caitlin Benyi and Andrea Duran, earned first-team All-Conference recognition while Emily Zaplatosch and Jodie Legaspi were named Second-Team and Honorable Mention, respectively.

The NFCA All-Pacific Region team was also announced on Wednesday with Benyi earning first-team All-Region honors at second base and Selden appearing as a pitcher on the Region's second team. Both are now eligible for All-America honors. The 2005 All-America teams will be announced at the Women's College World Series

In a vote of the league's eight head coaches, Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe and Washington catcher Kristen Rivera were named Co-Pacific-10 Conference Softball Players of the Year. Oregon State's Brianne McGowan was named Pitcher of the Year, UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden was named Newcomer of the Year and Stanford shortstop Lauren Lappin received Defensive Player of the Year honors. Coach of the Year was awarded to Oregon State's Kirk Walker, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Selden, a freshman from Vacaville, Calif., paced the Bruins this season on the mound and led them to their 22nd NCAA appearance. Selden is currently third in the Conference with a 1.08 earned run average. She has amassed a total of 346 strikeouts, which puts her 13 strikeouts behind UCLA's current single-season leader. Selden earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors four times this season and was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week once. This is UCLA's fourth Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award and first since 1997.

The two-time defending NCAA Champion Bruins are the seventh seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. UCLA begins postseason play on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm against Loyola Marymount. Cal State Fullerton and UNLV play the first game of the day at noon at UCLA's Easton Stadium.

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