Haber, Penna Earn Spots On USA Softball's Top-50 Player Of The Year Watch List

Jan. 30, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford's Missy Penna and Alissa Haber were listed among the nation's 50 most promising players when the 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List was announced today. Haber and Penna, Stanford's two returning All-Pacific Region picks, will lead the Cardinal into the 2008 season next Friday.

Haber, a sophomore, led the team in nearly every offensive category with a .365 batting average, 65 hits, 40 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, a .539 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage last year. She was also one of the top three players on the squad with four homeruns, 23 RBI and four stolen bases. Her marks in batting average and doubles both ranked among the top-10 single-season marks in program history and her batting average, on-base percentage, hit total and doubles marks were among the best in the Pac-10. At the conclusion of the season, Haber became the 12th Stanford player and fifth freshman to earn an All-America honor.

Penna, a junior, emerged as one of the Pac-10's top pitchers last season. She notched 12 shutouts and threw her second career no-hitter against Saint Mary's on Apr. 11. The sophomore became just the second player in Stanford history to notch 300+ strikeouts in a single season and, just halfway through her career, moved into third place on the career K's chart.

This USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year 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. The 2008 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 34 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences. Ten players, including Haber and Penna, were selected from the Pac-10 Conference.

The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on Apr. 9. 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.
A list of ten finalists will be named and released on May 7. The final three contenders will be announced May 21 and the winner of the 2008 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2008 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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