Brianne McGowan Named First Team All-American
June 2, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oregon State sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan earned first team All-America honors on Thursday afternoon, as was announced by Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in conjunction with the opening day of action at the Women's College World Series.
McGowan is just the second player in Oregon State softball history to garner first team All-America honors and is only the fourth player (four-time All-American Tarrah Beyster, third team selection Brynnen Guthrie, second team honoree Vanessa Iapala) to garner All-America status since the Beavers joined the Pacific-10 Conference in 1987.
Two weeks ago, McGowan, from Reno, Nev., became Oregon State's first ever Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year award recipient and became only the third player in school history to garner first team all-conference honors. The 6-2 hurler helped lead the Beavers to their first ever share of the Pac-10 title and an automatic berth into the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
McGowan amassed a tournament leading 53 strikeouts in 31.2 innings of work at the NCAA Regional in Madison, WI, before OSU dropped its championship outing with WCWS participant DePaul University.
On the year, McGowan broke six different Oregon State single season pitching records - Victories (36), Strikeouts (346), Complete Game Shutouts (12), Complete Games (34), Appearances (54), and Innings Pitched (299.2).
McGowan pitched the Beavers to victory against 14 Top 25 teams on the season and her 36 victories currently rank third in the country.
Oregon State's Female Athlete of the Year, McGowan, was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week four times and USA Softball National Player of the Week once.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans
Pos. Name SchoolP Monica Abbott TennesseeP Cat Osterman TexasP Jennie Ritter MichiganC Kristen Rivera Washington1B Garland Cooper Northwestern2B Tiffany Haas Michigan3B Vicky Galindo CaliforniaSS Courtney Bures Mississippi StateOF Sarah Fekete TennesseeOF Caitlin Lowe ArizonaOF Marissa Nichols UNLVDP Cameron Astiazaran Illinois-ChicagoUT Amanda Scarborough Texas A&MAL Kristie Fox ArizonaAL Brianne McGowan Oregon StateAL Heather Scaglione OklahomaAL Jamie Southern Fresno StateAL Kim Wendland Georgia