Selden, Camuso Named Top 25 Finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year Award
April 9, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior pitcher Anjelica Selden and freshman outfielder Samantha Camuso are two of 25 finalists for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association on Wednesday.
The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by players across the country.
On May 7, a list of 10 finalists will be named from the 25 players on this list. Two weeks later, the list will be cut to three and those players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the Women's College World Series Party at the Park on May 27.
Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman was the inaugural winner of this award in 2002.
Selden, UCLA's all-time strikeout leader, became the 15th Division I pitcher to reach 1,300 strikeouts last Sunday against California. Pitching a complete-game shutout against the Golden Bears, Selden also posted her 98th career win, putting her just two victories shy of becoming the 33rd D-I hurler to record 100 wins.
Selden leads the Bruins with a 17-2 record and 195 strikeouts, placing third in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation in ERA at 0.73. The senior is also in the Top 20 in the country in fewest walks allowed per seven innings (0.73), sixth in strikeouts per seven (11.0), 11th in fewest hits allowed (3.55) and tied for 17th in wins. She is a three-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week this season and was also bestowed with National Player of the Week awards from the NFCA and USA Softball on Feb. 26.
Camuso is in the top spot in batting average for the Bruins, hitting at a .398 clip, and picked up her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Tuesday after hitting .462 last week. The freshman has hits in five straight and nine of her last 10. Camuso is tied for the team lead with 11 doubles, second with 31 runs batted in and a .584 slugging percentage and tied for third with two homers.
Camuso has 12 multiple-hit contests this season and is hitting a robust .400 in Pac-10 play with four runs batted in. The freshman ranks in the Pac-10 Top 10 in four categories, including fourth in average and tied for third in doubles. Camuso has four game-winning RBI, including a walk-off RBI against nationally-ranked Long Beach State on March 9 and another game-winner on March 1 at ranked San Diego State.
The #1 Bruins face a big weekend in the desert, as they continue Pac-10 play. Two top-ranked teams square off on Friday as UCLA, the #1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and Arizona State, the #1 squad in the USA Today/NFCA rankings, battle in Tempe at 7 p.m. The Bruins then visit Tucson for a pair of contests against seventh-ranked Arizona. Saturday's 3 p.m. game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net West in Southern California. Sunday's 12 p.m. game, as well all UCLA softball contests, will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com.