Lawrie Among Top-25 Finalists For College Player Of The Year

April 4, 2007

Oklahoma City---University of Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie is one of 25 finalists for the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award it was announced today by the Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States. This 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.

Lawrie, who was the lone freshman nominee on the top-50 list last season, has led the 12th-ranked Huskies to a 23-9 record and 1-2 mark in the Pac-10. She ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .159 opponent batting average and is third in earned run average (1.02) and strikeouts (241). Her 628 career strikeouts rank fourth on the UW all-time career chart, while her 11.5 strikeouts per seven innings average ranks fifth on the NCAA all-time list.

Senior Dominique Lastrapes and junior Ashley Charters were on the initial top-50 list announced in February.

The Top 25 is comprised of players representing 17 colleges and six different NCAA Division I Conferences. Among the list are 12 seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores and a red-shirt freshman. Five of the finalists were among the Top 25 finalists in 2006 including Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Arizona's Caitlin Lowe and Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher who were also top 10 finalists last year.

The Top 25 finalists for the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, listed in alphabetical order, are:Monica Abbott	Tennessee	Salinas, Calif.	Senior	PitcherKatie Burkhart	Arizona State	San Luis Obispo, Calif.	Junior	PitcherKaitlin Cochran	Arizona State	Yorba Linda, Calif.	Sophomore	OutfieldGarland Cooper	Northwestern	Mission Viejo, Calif.		Senior	First BaseBianca Cruz	Arizona State	Surprise, Ariz.		Senior	Third BaseNorrelle Dickson	Oklahoma	Orange, Calif.		Senior	Third BaseKristie Fox	Arizona	San Diego, Calif.		Senior	ShortstopMegan Gibson	Texas A&M	Spring, Texas		Junior	RHP/1BLeslie Klein	LSU	Sunrise, Fla.		Senior	OutfieldDanielle Lawrie	Washington	Langley, B.C.		Sophomore	PitcherCaitlin Lever	Georgia Tech	Amherst, N.Y.		Senior	OutfieldCaitlin Lowe	Arizona	Tustin, Calif.		Senior	OutfieldBrooke Marnitz	Kentucky	Lexington, Ken.		Senior	ShortstopAshley Monceaux	Baylor	Tucson, Ariz.		Senior	InfieldChrissy Owens	Alabama	Miami, Fla.		Junior	PitcherLauren Parker	Alabama	Port Neches, Texas		Sophomore	InfieldAmanda Renth	Missouri	Mascoutah, Ill.		Junior	InfieldSamantha Ricketts	Oklahoma	San Jose, Calif.		Sophomore	First BaseJenn Salling	Oregon	Port Coquitlam, B.C.         (RS)Freshman	ShortstopAmanda Scarborough	Texas A&M	Magnolia, Texas		Junior	RHP/1BLindsay Schutzler	Tennessee	Monterey, Calif.		Senior	OutfieldHolly Tankersley	ULL	Kirbyville, Texas		Junior	DP/OutfieldAngela Tincher	Virginia Tech	Eagle Rock, VA 		Junior	PitcherCourtney Totte            Oklahoma State Lawton, Okla.		Senior	CatcherTammy Williams	Northwestern	Roscoe, Mo.		Sophomore	Shortstop

On May 9, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 23 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series.

A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player's academic institution at a sporting event in the fall.

Cat Osterman became the first three-time winner of the National Player of the Year Award in 2006 after leading her Longhorns to the Big 12 regular season title and a berth into the NCAA Women's College World Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Osterman (Texas-2003, 2005 and 2006) and Jessica Van der Linden (Florida State-2004).

For complete stats and photos of the 2007 Top 25 Finalists visit the 'College Corner' section on USA Softball's official website - www.usasoftball.com.

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