Eighteen Pac-10 Softball Players Named to 2006 USA Softball Pre-Season Watch List

Feb. 1, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Eighteen Pac-10 softball players have been named to the USA Softball Pre-Season Watch List, the Amateur Softball Association announced today. The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Seven of eight Conference teams were represented on the watch list, the most of any conference. UCLA landed five players to the list, the most by any Pac-10 school. All-American Caitlin Benyi, first team All-Pac-10 selection Andrea Duran, WCWS All-Tournament Team members Emily Zaplotsch and Jodie Legaspi and 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Anjelica Selden round out the Bruin contingent on the list.

Four ARIZONA players made the list, including 2005 Player of the Year finalist and Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, Caitlin Lowe. Three-time All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell, two-time All-American Autumn Champion, and first team All-Pac-10 selection Kristie Fox were also recognized.

STANFORD landed three players on the list, including Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Lauren Lappin. Lappin is joined by second team All-American Catalina Morris and Pac-10 honorable mention selection, Jackie Rinehart.

WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE each had two representatives on the team. The Huskies landed the only freshman on the 50-member watch list in Danielle Lawrie, along with junior Dominique Lastrapes. Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Brianne McGowan, and second team All-Pac-10 selection, Vanessa Iapala, represented the Beavers on the list.

ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA each had one representative on the list. Second-team All-American Kristina Thorson represented the Golden Bears while Katie Burkhart was the lone Sun Devil to be named.

The 2006 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players, representing 28 schools and 10 conferences. USA Softball will announce its 25 finalists on April 5th. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top-25 finalist, but once the Top-25 is named, the remaining finalist must be selected from that list.

2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List:
(listed in alphabetical order)

Name                    Hometown               School             Year   PositionMonica Abbott           Salinas, CA            Tennessee          Jr.   PitcherCaitlin Benyi           Scottsdale, AZ         UCLA               Sr.   Second BaseTina Boutelle           Katy, TX               Texas              Sr.   OutfieldCourtney Bures          Haymarket, VA          Mississippi State  So.   InfieldKatie Burkhart          San Luis Obispo, CA    Arizona State      So.   PitcherKasi Carroll            Norris City, IL        Georgia            Jr.   Pitcher/OutfieldLauren Castle           Lafayette, LA          LSU                Sr.   OutfieldAutumn Champion         Tustin, CA             Arizona            Sr.   OutfieldChristina Clark         Santa Ana, CA          Fresno State       Sr.   InfieldGarland Cooper          Mission Viejo, CA      Northwestern       Jr.   First BaseHolly Currie            Pisgah, AL             Auburn             Jr.   Pitcher/First BaseJennifer Curtier        Lancaster, CA          Pacific            Sr.   First BaseMegan Denny             Crowley, TX            Texas              So.   PitcherNorrelle Dickson        Orange, CA              Oklahoma          Jr.   Third Base/SSAndrea Duran            Selma, CA               UCLA              Sr.   Third BaseKristi Durant           Placentia, CA           Tennessee         Sr.   3rd/CatcherSarah Fekete            Maryville, TN           Tennessee         Sr.   OutfieldSamantha Findlay        Lockport, IL            Michigan          So.   First BaseCourtnay Foster		Tucson, AZ              Northwestern      Sr.   PitcherKristie Fox             San Diego, CA           Arizona           Jr.   ShortstopMegan Gibson            Spring, TX              Texas A&M         So.   Pitcher/First BaseDanyele Gomez           Metairie, LA            La-Lafayette      Sr.   OutfieldTiffany Haas            North Tustin, CA        Michigan          Sr.   Second BaseAlicia Hollowell        Suisun, CA              Arizona           Sr.   PitcherVanessa Iapala          San Diego, CA           Oregon State      Sr.   FirstBase/CatcherAmber Jackson           Fontana, CA             Bethune-Cookman   Sr.   ShortstopChelsi Lake             Keller, TX              Baylor            Jr.   InfieldLauren Lappin           Anaheim, CA             Stanford          Sr.   Shortstop/CatcherSara Larquier           Burbank, CA             Virginia          Sr.   Third BaseDominique Lastrapes     Mission Viejo, CA       Washington        Jr.   Second BaseDanielle Lawrie         Langley, B.C.           Washington        Fr.   PitcherJodie Legaspi           Garden Grove, CA        UCLA              Jr.   ShortstopCaitlin Lowe            Tustin, CA              Arizona           Jr.   ShortstopBrianne McGowan         Reno, NV                Oregon State      Jr.   Pitcher/First BaseMicaela Minner          Sanger, TX              Missouri          So.   OutfieldCatalina Morris         Sonoita, AZ             Stanford          Sr.   OutfieldMarissa Nichols         Diamond Bar, CA         UNLV              So.   OutfieldCat Osterman            Houston, TX             Texas             Sr.   PitcherJackie Rinehart         Reno, NV                Stanford          Jr.   OutfieldJennie Ritter           Dexter, MI              Michigan          Sr.   PitcherAmanda Scarborough      Magnolia, TX            Texas A&M         So.   PitcherLindsay Schutzler       Monterey, CA            Tennessee         Jr.   InfieldHarmony Schwethelm      San Antonio, TX         Baylor            Sr.   Infield/OutfieldChristine Sheridan      Pasadena, MD            Georgia Tech      Sr.   ShortstopAnjelica Selden         Vacaville, CA           UCLA              So.   PitcherKristina Thorson        Lake Forest Park, WA    California        Sr.   PitcherAngela Tincher          Eagle Rock, VA          Virginia Tech     So.   PitcherStephanie VanBrakle     Chambersburg, PA        Alabama           Sr.   PitcherKristin Vesley          Phoenix, AZ             Oklahoma          Sr.   CenterfieldEmily Zaplatosch        Scottsdale, AZ          UCLA              Sr.   First Base /Catcher
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