Pac-10 Places 11 on Louisville Slugger/NFCA Softball All-American Teams
May 31, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- 11 Pac-10 softball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NCAA Division I All-American Team. The Conference landed six players on the first team, four on the second and one on the third. WASHINGTON led the way with three players on the team, ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and UCLA have two each, and OREGON and STANFORD each have one selection.
Washington senior first baseman Dena Tyson was chosen as a first teamer for her first career All-American recognition. Tyson was one of the Conference's top hitters and her 17 regular season home runs was more than her career total of 16 in her first three seasons. Joining Tyson on the first team is sophomore Danielle Lawrie, who was selected as the utility/pitcher. This is the first All-American recognition for Lawrie, who was one of the Conference's top hurlers as well as 10th in the regular season in slugging percentage. Junior shortstop Ashley Charters also was honored with a second team at-large selection. Charters was a third team All-American last season.
The Sun Devils boast a pair of first team members in pitcher Katie Burkhart and outfielder Kaitlin Cochran. Burkhart and Cochran are the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively. Burkhart, a junior, has 500 strikeouts and counting, only the second pitcher in Conference history to reach that plateau. This is her first All-American recognition. Cochran, a sophomore, was a first team All-American last season as well and is the nation's leading hitter with a .495 average entering the Women's College World Series.
Arizona senior Caitlin Lowe became a four-time first team All-American with her selection. Lowe, the Wildcats' gifted lead-off hitter, has stolen 49-of-50 bases this season and needs just two steals in the WCWS to tie UCLA's Natasha Watley for the Pac-10 record of 158. Lowe is the 2007 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and recipient of the inaugural Lowe's Senior CLASS Award which honors the nation's top senior based on excellence in the classroom, character, community involvement and on-field performance. The Wildcats also placed junior ace Taryne Mowatt on the second team, her first All-American award after taking over the pitching duties from four-time All-American Alicia Hollowell.
The Bruins placed a pair on the second team. Senior Lisa Dodd is the second team second baseman after she led the Bruins with a career-high 14 home runs. Junior outfielder Krista Colburn also earned a spot after a breakout season where she hit .382 with an on-base percentage of .483, vastly outpacing her first two seasons in which she hit .288 with a .345 OBP. This is Colburn's first All-American honor as well.
A pair of freshman also earned All-America recognition, including Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Jennifer Salling of Oregon. Salling led the Pac-10 in RBI and her .481 batting average was second in the nation to ASU's Cochran. The shortstop earned first team honors. The Conference's only third team member is freshman Alissa Haber of Stanford who picked up an at-large selection. Haber ranked in the top-10 in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, and doubles.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA NCAA Division I All-America Teams
First TeamPos. Name SchoolP Monica Abbott TennesseeP Katie Burkhart Arizona StateP Angela Tincher Virginia TechC Killian Roessner LSU1B Dena Tyson Washington2B Lauren Parker Alabama3B Norrelle Dickson OklahomaSS Jennifer Salling OregonOF India Chiles TennesseeOF Kaitlin Cochran Arizona StateOF Caitlin Lowe ArizonaUT/P Danielle Lawrie WashingtonUT/DP Chelsea Bramlett Mississippi StateAL/UT Megan Gibson Texas A&MAL/OF Caitlin Lever Georgia TechAL/OF Lisa Modglin Cal PolyAL/P Amanda Scarborough Texas A&MAL/SS Tammy Williams Northwestern
Second TeamPos. Name SchoolP Eileen Canney NorthwesternP Taryne Mowatt ArizonaP Stacey Nelson FloridaC Rachel Folden Marshall1B Tonya Callahan Tennessee2B Lisa Dodd UCLA3B Kara Nelson Illinois StateSS Amber Jackson MarylandOF Krista Colburn UCLAOF Danielle Kinley Penn StateOF Brittany Rogers AlabamaUT/P Kate Robinson Hawai'iUT/NP Susan Ogden OklahomaAL/P Tracie Adix DePaulAL/SS Ashley Charters WashingtonAL/1B Samantha Ricketts OklahomaAL/OF Lindsay Schutzler TennesseeAL/3B Clare Warwick Hawai'i
Third TeamPos. Name SchoolP Lauren Eckermann OklahomaP Robin Mackin Fresno StateP Chrissy Owens AlabamaC Courtney Totte Oklahoma State1B Garland Cooper Northwestern2B Veronica Wootson Florida State3B Brette Reagan BaylorSS Aileen Morales Georgia TechOF Gina Carbonatto PacificOF Angela Findlay MichiganOF Leslie Klein LSUUT/P Abbie Sims North Carolina StateUT/NP Tyleen Tausaga Hawai'iAL/1B Jennifer Curtier PacificAL/OF Alissa Haber StanfordAL/UT Becca Heteniak DePaulAL/1B Ashley Monceaux BaylorAL/2B Kim Waleszonia Florida