14 Pac-10 Softball Players Named to Lousiville Slugger/NFCA All-American Team
June 1, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- 14 Pac-10 softball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NCAA Division I All-American Team. The Conference landed seven players on the first team, three on the second and four on the third. UCLA and ARIZONA each placed three players on the team, while CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON had two, and ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD had one player honored.
Arizona juniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox repeated as first-team All-Americans, while teammate Alicia Hollowell, a senior pitcher, earned her fourth All-America honor. Lowe wasa first-team pick for the third consecutive year. Fox earned the same honor in 2005, while Hollowell was a first-team selection as a freshman and sophomore, and a second-team pick last year. She is one of only four Wildcat softball players to earn four-time All-America honors, joining catcher Leah Braatz, outfielder Lauren Bauerand first baseman Amy Chellevold. Lowe and Fox were at-large selections on the first team while Hollowell made it as a pitcher.
For the Bruins, Pac-10 Player of the Year Andrea Duran was named a first-team All-American at third base, as was sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden as an at-large selection. Senior Caitlin Benyi earned second-team honors at second base. This is the first All-America honor for Duran, the second for Selden and third for Benyi. UCLA softball student-athletes have now earned 86 All-America honors since current head coach Sue Enquist earned the program's first All-America honor in 1978.
Senior catcher Haley Woods from California was named to the first team and senior pitcher Kristina Thorson earned second-team honors. It marks Woods' first All-American award, while Thorson has been named to the second team the past two seasons. This marks the sixth consecutive year that at least two Cal players have been awarded All-American distinction.
Oregon State sophomore utility player Cambria Miranda earned first team honors and pitcher Brianne McGowan earned third team honors. This marks the first year in which Oregon State's softball program had multiple players garner All-America status in the same season. Miranda is one of just three first team All-America selections in Oregon State softball history (McGowan in 2005 and Tarrah Beyster in 2000). McGowan picks up All-America accolades for the second straight year, garnering third team status after making the first team in 2005.
Washington landed two players on the third team, junior Dominique Lastrapes at second base and sophomore Ashley Charters as an at-large selection. Lastrapes earned third team honors in 2004, and this is the first All-America honor for Charters. The Huskies have had 31 All-American players all-time.
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kaitlin Cochran earned first team honors for Arizona State, marking just the 11th first-team selection all-time for the Sun Devils. Cochran led the Pac-10 in nearly every offensive category this season, and propelled ASU to its first Women's College World Series appearance since 2002.
Stanford's Catalina Morris was named to the third team. Morris was also a First-Team All-Pac-10 and First-Team All-Pacific Region selection earlier this season. She earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on May 16 after leading the Cardinal to wins over Washington and UCLA in the closing weekend of Pac-10 action. Morris closed out the season with a team-leading .365 batting average, 39 runs and 29 RBI. She also boasts a .988 fielding percentage in center field with just one error.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA NCAA Division I All-America Teams
First TeamPos. Name SchoolP Monica Abbott University of TennesseeP Cat Osterman University of TexasP Jennie Ritter University of MichiganC Haley Woods University of California1B Jenna Hall University of Illinois2B Veronica Wootson Florida State University3B Andrea Duran University of California, Los AngelesSS Lindsay Schutzler University of TennesseeOF Sarah Fekete University of TennesseeOF Danyele Gomez University of Louisiana at LafayetteOF Katie Cochran Arizona State UniversityUT Cambria Miranda Oregon State UniversityDP Kristi Durant University of TennesseeAL Tonya Callahan University of TennesseeAL Kristie Fox University of ArizonaAL Caitlin Lowe University of ArizonaAL Anjelica Selden University of California, Los AngelesAL Kristin Vesely University of Oklahoma
Second TeamPos. Name SchoolP Alicia Hollowell University of ArizonaP Angela Tincher Virginia Tech UniversityP Kristina Thorson University of CaliforniaC Rachel Folden Marshall University1B Ianeta Le'I Brigham Young University2B Caitlin Benyi University of California, Los Angeles3B Brette Reagan Baylor UniversitySS Christina Clark Fresno State UniversityOF Norrelle Dickson University of OklahomaOF Kellie Middleton University of GeorgiaOF Lindy Winkler California State University, SacramentoUT Serena Settlemier University of KansasDP Jessica Strickland Colorado State UniversityAL Eileen Canney Northwestern UniversityAL Gina Carbonatto University of the PacificAL Alexis Switenko Syracuse UniversityAL Stephanie VanBrakle University of AlabamaAL Jackie Wong University of Utah
Third TeamPos. Name SchoolP Brianne McGowan Oregon State UniversityP Emily Turner Louisiana State UniversityP Crystal Cox University of North CarolinaC Becky Marx University of Michigan1B Garland Cooper Northwestern University2B Dominique Lastrapes University of Washington3B Megan McAllister University of GeorgiaSS Tammy Williams Northwestern UniversityOF Catalina Morris Stanford UniversityOF Stephanie Brown University of Notre DameOF Brittany Rogers University of AlabamaUT Jessica Doucette University of GeorgiaDP Amber Smith Illinois State UniversityAL Leslie Klein Louisiana State UniversityAL Lacy Wood University of LouisvilleAL Ashley Charters University of WashingtonAL Erin Floros San Diego State UniversityAL Chelsi Lake Baylor University