Thorson Named to 2006 USA Softball Player of the Year Pre-Season Watch List
Feb. 1, 2006
Senior pitcher Kristina Thorson has been named to the 2006 USA Softball Player of the Year 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, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Thorson is a two-time All-American. She finished the 2005 season with a 23-5 record, sporting an ERA of 1.09, which ranked second in the Pac-10. The senior from Lake Forest Park Wash., is fifth in strikeouts (610) on Cal's all-time career list
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 5. 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.
Name School PositionMonica Abbott Tennessee PitcherCaitlin Benyi UCLA Second BaseTina Boutelle Texas OutfieldCourtney Bures Mississippi St. InfieldKatie Burkhart Arizona St. PitcherKasi Carroll Georgia Pitcher/OutfieldLauren Castle LSU OutfieldAutumn Champion Arizona OutfieldChristina Clark Fresno St. InfieldGarland Cooper Northwestern First BaseHolly Currie Auburn Pitcher/First BaseJennifer Curtier Pacific First BaseMegan Denny Texas PitcherNorrelle Dickson Oklahoma Third Base/SSAndrea Duran UCLA Third BaseKristi Durant Tennessee 3rd/CatcherSarah Fekete Tennessee OutfieldSamantha Findlay Michigan First BaseCourtnay Foster Northwestern PitcherKristie Fox Arizona ShortstopMegan Gibson Texas A&M Pitcher/First BaseDanyele Gomez Louisiana- Laf. OutfieldTiffany Haas Michigan Second BaseAlicia Hollowell Arizona PitcherVanessa Iapala Oregon St. First Base /CatcherAmber Jackson Bethune-Cookman ShortstopChelsi Lake Baylor InfieldLauren Lappin Stanford Shortstop/CatcherSara Larquier Virginia Third BaseDominique Lastrapes Washington Second BaseDanielle Lawrie Washington PitcherJodie Legaspi UCLA ShortstopCaitlin Lowe Arizona ShortstopBrianne McGowan Oregon St. Pitcher/First BaseMicaela Minner Missouri OutfieldCatalina Morris Stanford OutfieldMarissa Nichols UNLV OutfieldCat Osterman Texas PitcherJackie Rinehart Stanford OutfieldJennie Ritter Michigan PitcherAmanda Scarborough Texas A&M PitcherLindsay Schutzler Tennessee InfieldHarmony Schwethelm Baylor Infield/OutfieldChristine Sheridan Georgia Tech ShortstopAnjelica Selden UCLA PitcherKristina Thorson California PitcherAngela Tincher Virginia Tech PitcherStephanie VanBrakle Alabama PitcherKristin Vesley Oklahoma CenterfieldEmily Zaplatosch UCLA First Base /Catcher