Fourth-Ranked Bruins Honor Seniors, Host Arizona and Arizona State
April 30, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
#10 Arizona at #4 UCLA
Friday, May 2
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
#1 Arizona State at #4 UCLA
Saturday, May 3
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
#1 Arizona State at #4 UCLA
Sunday, May 4
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
UCLA BACK HOME FOR SENIOR WEEKEND
The fourth-ranked Bruins (41-5, 13-2 Pac-10) close out their regular-season home schedule this weekend, hosting the Arizona schools. UCLA entertains #10 Arizona (31-15, 8-7) on Friday at 1 p.m. before #1 Arizona State (52-3, 14-1) comes to town for games on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Seniors Krista Colburn, Ashley Herrera, Danielle Peterson and Anjelica Selden will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins held steady at #4 in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA rankings this week. It is the third straight week UCLA has been in the four spot in the USA Softball rankings and the second week in a row in the NFCA poll. Full polls can be seen on page two of this release.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
All UCLA softball home games will be broadcast live over the internet at UCLABruins.com with Darren Preston and Jeff Knox at the call. In addition, every contest will feature Gametracker on the UCLA website.
Tickets for Friday's game against Arizona are available, but the weekend contests against Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday are sold out. To purchase advanced tickets for Friday's contest against Arizona, call (310) UCLA-WIN.
LANGENFELD NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Megan Langenfeld was named Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday after playing a big part in the circle in two of the Bruins' three road victories last weekend in the Bay Area.The Pitcher of the Week award is the second of Langenfeld's career. She also earned the honor on May 15, 2007. The sophomore is the third different Bruin pitcher to receive Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week accolades this season. Senior Anjelica Selden has earned the award three times (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1) and freshman Donna Kerr was named Pitcher of the Week on March 4. Overall, the Bruins have a conference-best eight Pac-10 Player or Pitcher of the Week recipients. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is a two-time Player of the Week (Feb. 12 and Feb. 26) and freshman Samantha Camuso earned the honor on April 8.Langenfeld did not allow an earned run in 9 1/3 innings last weekend, striking out nine and recording a win and a save. At #21 California on Friday, Langenfeld pitched a complete-game four-hitter to improve to 7-0 on the season. She allowed two unearned runs and two walks while striking out six, retiring 10 in a row in the game at one point.On Saturday at #7 Stanford, the sophomore relieved Kerr in the fifth and tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings to set a new UCLA single-season record with her fifth save. She struck out three and walked one.Langenfeld also provided the Bruins with some help at the plate, going 4-for-9 (.444) with a home run and six runs batted in.On the year, Langenfeld is second on the team with five home runs and 33 runs batted in, hitting .357. In the circle, she has a 0.98 ERA, which is fourth in the Pac-10, with 53 strikeouts in 50 innings.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
On four previous occasions, the Bruins have gone undefeated at home in Pac-10 play. UCLA will look to make it a fifth time as it enters this weekend with a perfect 7-0 mark at Easton Stadium in conference contests. The Bruins are the only team in the Pac-10 this season to win all their league home games. The last time UCLA went undefeated in home Pac-10 tilts was 2002 (10-0). The Bruins also went 9-0 at Easton Stadium in 1991 and 12-0 in 1993 and 1995.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Senior Anjelica Selden remained in the national Top 15 in four statistical categories, ranking in the Top 10 in three of them. The senior is ninth in ERA (0.82), fifth in strikeouts per seven innings (10.6), eighth in fewest walks per seven (0.91) and 12th in fewest hits allowed (3.61). She also ranks tied for 29th with 20 wins. Freshman Donna Kerr is right behind Selden in ERA, placing 11th at 0.86. In addition, Kerr is seventh in the country in fewest hits allowed (3.51) and 30th in strikeouts per seven (8.7). Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta is sophomore Megan Langenfeld, who is tied for seventh with five saves. She would rank 14th in ERA at 0.98, but has not pitched in enough innings to qualify for the NCAA standard. Offensively, Langenfeld is 49th with a .486 on base percentage. Freshman Samantha Camuso also jumped into the Top 30 nationally after recording three doubles last weekend, ranking tied for 30th with 0.33 doubles per game.
A WELL-ROUNDED TEAM
Only a select number of teams can claim to be among the nation's best in hitting, pitching and fielding. UCLA is one of those elite teams, ranking in the national Top 20 in batting average, earned run average and fielding percentage. The Bruins are 11th in hitting at .319, second with a 0.88 ERA and 18th with a .974 fielding percentage. Only two other teams are in the Top 20 in all three categories, #1 Alabama and #9 Houston. The Bruins as a team also rank fifth in the nation in winning percentage (.891), tied for 13th in doubles per game (1.65), 35th in slugging percentage (.448) and 41st in scoring (5.02 runs per game).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
UCLA maintained its top spot among Pac-10 teams in earned run average (0.88) and fielding percentage (.974) and remains second in batting average at .319. On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in on base percentage (2nd, .396), doubles (T-2nd, 76), triples (T-2nd, 6), slugging percentage (4th, .448), hits (4th, 389) and sacrifice flies (4th, 8). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.148) and second in strikeouts (422). On an individual level, senior Anjelica Selden is second in the conference in ERA at 0.82 and fourth in opposing batting average (.149) and wins (20). During Pac-10 games, the senior has a league-best ERA of 0.80. Freshman Donna Kerr is third overall in ERA (0.86) and opposing batting average (.147), while sophomore Megan Langenfeld is fourth in earned run average (0.98) and second in opposing batting average (.149). The three pitchers are ranked 1-2-3 (Langenfeld, Selden, Kerr) in opposing batting average in Pac-10 games. Langenfeld, who is also first in saves with five, is tied for the top spot with 14 runs batted in during conference games. Full team and individual Pac-10 rankings can be found on page six of this release.
SCORING = WINNING
Sounds simple enough, right? Well it really holds true for the Bruins, who are 41-1 when scoring at least one run and have been shutout in four of their five losses. The only setback in which the Bruins scored was in a defeat to Illinois (Feb. 16) when UCLA didn't score until the seventh inning. Scoring first of course has been the key, as UCLA is 37-0 when crossing home plate first and just 4-5 when the opponent scores the initial run. The Bruins also improved to 25-0 when scoring in their first at-bat, a feat accomplished twice last week in Friday's win at California and Sunday's victory at Stanford. In addition, UCLA moved to 15-0 when hitting a home run. Senior Krista Colburn and sophomore Megan Langenfeld both went yard in Sunday's win against the seventh-ranked Cardinal.
WINNING THE NAIL BITERS
Great teams win close games and the Bruins have been doing just that, posting a 15-1 record in contests decided by two runs or less. UCLA won another nail biter on Saturday against Stanford, blanking the Cardinal in a 1-0 victory to improve to 10-1 in one-run games. The Bruins are also a perfect 5-0 in two-run contests. The only loss for UCLA in a one-run game was on March 12 in a 1-0, eight-inning defeat against Cal State Fullerton.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak with back-to-back victories over Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday to move to 31-15 overall and 8-7 in Pac-10 play. The four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 loss to the Bruins on April 13, which was followed by a pair of defeats at Arizona State and a shocking 2-1 loss to last-place Oregon at home on Friday. With 22 hits in their last two games, the Wildcats boosted their Pac-10 average to .304, belting 15 homers during conference play. Seven players are hitting above .300 during league action, led by senior Adrienne Acton's .391 average. Junior Laine Roth is batting .372 with three homers and nine RBI in Pac-10, while senior Cyndi Duran is hitting .370. Overall, freshman Brittany Lastrapes is the top batter at .368, while four Wildcats have hit at least 12 home runs this season. Roth and sophomore Stacie Chambers lead the way with 13 apiece. In the circle, senior Taryne Mowatt has started 10 of the 15 conference games, posting a 2.37 ERA and a 7-5 record with 104 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings. Overall, Mowatt holds a 2.06 ERA and a 19-11 mark with 294 strikeouts in 197 1/3 innings. Sophomore Sarah Akamine has also seen one start in each of the last three weekends, posting a 1.54 ERA and a 1-1 record in league play.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WILDCATS
The Bruins and the Wildcats split their two-game series in Tucson three weeks ago. Arizona posted an 8-0, six-inning victory on April 12, but UCLA rebounded with a 2-1 win the following day. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld doubled in freshman Katie Schroeder in the first inning to put the Bruins up 1-0, but it was junior Jennifer Schroeder's go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh that lifted UCLA to the 2-1 victory. Senior Anjelica Selden fanned eight in the complete-game win. The weekend split maintained the Bruins' 13-game lead in the all-time series, which now stands at 62-49. UCLA is 33-17 at home against Arizona, having won five of the last six against the Wildcats at Easton Stadium. The lone win for Arizona during that stretch was in the last meeting between the two teams in Westwood on April 1, 2007 when the Wildcats claimed an 11-2 victory. The Bruins have outscored Arizona 27-9 in the other five wins.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
This weekend's showdown between UCLA and Arizona State will put one of the teams in the driver's seat for the Pac-10 title next weekend. The Bruins travel to the Oregon schools next week, while the Sun Devils host the Bay Area teams. Arizona State has won five straight Pac-10 games and seven overall since falling to Washington 3-0 on April 13 for its lone conference defeat. Last weekend, ASU won twice against Oregon State, completing a suspended game from April 6 for one of its victories against the Beavers, and then took two contests from Oregon. The Sun Devils are hitting .301 during conference play with 25 home runs. Freshman Krista Donnenwirth leads the team during Pac-10 play with a .462 average, five home runs and 14 runs batted in. Overall on the season, the freshman is tops on the team with 14 homers and 64 RBI and is batting .369. Junior Kaitlin Cochran, who is batting .405 with three homers during league action, leads the team with an overall average of .446, adding 11 homers and 41 RBI. In the circle, senior Katie Burkhart has started 12 of the 15 league games for Arizona State, posting a 12-1 record and a 1.12 with 129 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings. Overall, Burkhart leads the Pac-10 with a 0.78 ERA to go along with a 29-3 mark and 369 strikeouts in 216 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. SUN DEVILS
Arizona State blanked UCLA in this season's first matchup in Tempe on April 11, taking a 3-0 decision. However, the Bruins still lead the all-time series 85-20 and are 43-8 at home against the Sun Devils. UCLA has claimed eight of the last nine contests at Easton Stadium against Arizona State, but the Sun Devils won the last matchup, a 6-0 decision on March 30, 2007. In the eight victories during that stretch, the Bruins have outscored the Sun Devils 40-3.
JELLY ON A ROLL
In a year where UCLA is celebrating 100 NCAA Championships, senior Anjelica Selden got to that magic number on April 18, striking out 14 in a complete-game three-hitter against Washington to become the 34th Division I pitcher to post 100 victories. Selden picked up win number 101 on Sunday at seventh-ranked Stanford, tossing a complete-game three-hitter while fanning seven. It has been a milestone campaign for the two-time All-American, who has moved into second at UCLA in wins and appearances this season after coming into the year second in complete games and innings pitched. Selden became the 15th Division I pitcher to reach 1,300 strikeouts on April 6 against California. With 1,338 career punch outs, Selden now stands 13th on the all-time list. She leads the Bruins with a 0.82 ERA, a 20-3 record and 232 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings, recording her team-best 18th complete game against Stanford on Sunday. The senior is second in the Pac-10 in ERA and ninth in the nation. Selden is also in the Top 20 in the country in strikeouts per seven innings (5th, 10.6), fewest walks per seven (8th, 0.91) and fewest hits allowed (12th, 3.61). UCLA's all-time strikeout leader set a new personal best for a seven-inning game with 17 against Northwestern on Feb. 24 and also set a career high for punch outs in a five-inning game in her very next contest with 14 against James Madison on Feb. 29. Selden has 10 double-figure strikeout games this season and 64 for her career. Selden has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on three occasions (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1), giving her 10 POW awards for her career. She stands one behind Keira Goerl's 11 POW accolades, the most for any Bruin pitcher. One of the most decorated pitchers in UCLA history has also been bestowed with National Player of the Week awards from the NFCA and USA Softball (Feb. 26). In addition, Selden is a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year and Lowe's Senior CLASS awards.
With a large contingent of family and friends in attendance last weekend, freshman Samantha Camuso put on a show for her fans that made the 200-mile trek from Redding to the Bay Area. Camuso had six hits in 10 at-bats with three doubles and drove in the game-winning run in Saturday's 1-0 victory over seventh-ranked Stanford. Flip-flopping with fellow freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore for the team lead in batting average over the last few weeks, Camuso moved back up to the top spot, coming in one point ahead of her teammate at .390. She also leads the team with 15 doubles, is second with a .574 slugging percentage and third with 32 runs batted in. After going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the fourth inning of Saturday's win at Stanford, Camuso went 3-for-4 in the weekend finale on Sunday with another double. The two multiple-hit contests give the freshman 14 on the season, which is tied for third on the team. She also has seven multi-RBI games. With her three two-baggers in the Bay Area, Camuso moved into a tie for 30th in the nation in doubles per game and is tied for second among Pac-10 players. The game-winning RBI on Saturday was her fifth of the season. She had a walk-off winner on March 9 against nationally-ranked Long Beach State on a double in the eighth. Eight days before that, Camuso had another game-winner, driving in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to help UCLA beat ranked San Diego State. Camuso earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on April 8 after going 6-for-13 (.462) in four Bruin victories over Washington, Stanford and California. The freshman has two home runs on the season, hitting them both during the opening weekend. Her first career jack came against nationally-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 8 for UCLA's first homer of the year. One day later, Camuso added a grand slam against Santa Clara. She went 4-for-4 with seven RBI against the Broncos and touched home plate five times to set a new school record for runs scored in a single game. Camuso would have tied another single-game record with her seven runs batted in, but she was eclipsed by teammate Amanda Kamekona's eight RBI.
It's not too often you see a closer in softball, since most teams have their pitcher's go the distance each time they take the ball. But when you have the benefit of three solid pitchers as the Bruins do, a change of pace late in the game can baffle opposing hitters. So to go along with all of her hitting success, add closer to sophomore Megan Langenfeld's repertoire. Langenfeld earned her second career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor on Tuesday after posting a 0.00 ERA in 9 1/3 innings and picking up a win and a save in the Bay Area last weekend. On Friday at #21 California, the sophomore pitched a four-hitter, allowing two unearned runs while striking out six to improve to 7-0 on the season. One day later at seventh-ranked Stanford, Langenfeld relieved freshman Donna Kerr in the fifth and tossed 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out three to record her fifth save of the year. Langenfeld's save set a new UCLA single-season record and gave her six as a Bruin. She is just one behind the all-time school mark of seven set by Lisa Longaker. Langenfeld enters this week first in the Pac-10 in saves and tied for seventh in the country. She is third on the team and fourth in the conference with a 0.98 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 50 innings. The sophomore has only nine walks on the season and had an amazing stretch of 111 straight batters without issuing a free pass. Another impressive feat was Langenfeld's 27 2/3 scoreless innings streak, which ran from Feb. 27 to April 5. At the plate, Langenfeld is fourth on the team with a .357 average, first with a .486 on base percentage (second in Pac-10) and second in walks (26), home runs (5) and runs batted in (33). The sophomore went 4-for-9 (.444) at the plate last weekend with a homer and six RBI. Langenfeld drove in three on Friday against California and had three more RBI courtesy of a three-run, first-inning bomb on Sunday at Stanford. Langenfeld compiled a team-best eight-game hitting streak from March 8-28 in which she posted a .455 average (10-for-22). She also drove in a run in six straight games from March 13-30, including a pair of RBI in three of those contests. Langenfeld, who has eight runs batted in over her last four games, leads the team with 10 multiple-RBI contests this season.
KC AT THE BAT
Senior Krista Colburn made her last collegiate at-bat in Palo Alto a great one, hitting her first home run of the season and the 18th of her career in the Bruins' 4-1 victory over #7 Stanford on Sunday. It was the first home run for Colburn since May 11, 2007 at Arizona State. Colburn finished the weekend with two runs scored and three runs batted in, driving in a pair in Friday's win at 21st-ranked California. The senior's bat has heated up over the last few weeks and she comes into this weekend with a six-game hitting streak. She is 9-for-22 (.409) over the last half dozen games with four runs scored and four RBI. Two weeks ago in Seattle, the Washington native had a fantastic series, going 5-for-8 in two Bruin victories. Colburn had her second three-hit game of the season on April 18 and came back with another multiple-hit effort one day later against the Huskies, going 2-for-4 while scoring twice and driving in a run. Colburn is hitting .354 on the season and .364 during Pac-10 play. She leads the team with 29 walks, which is seventh among conference players. She is also second on the club in runs scored with 34 and on base percentage at .469. The All-American became the 20th member of UCLA's 200-hit club when she doubled in the fifth inning of the March 28th Pac-10 opener against Oregon State. She has five multiple-hit games during Pac-10 play to give her 14 this season and 57 for her career. The 14 multiple-hit contests ties her for third on the team. Colburn has also been sharp on the defensive side of things, having not made an error in 54 chances this season.
GiONNA ONNA FIRE
No one has been swinging a hotter stick over the last three weekends than freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore, who brings a seven-game hitting streak into this week's play. During her streak, DiSalvatore is 11-for-24 (.458) with two runs scored and two doubles. Four of those seven games have been two-hit contests, which has moved DiSalvatore into the team lead with 17 multiple-hit games. Another category the freshman leads the Bruins in is game-winning RBI. DiSalvatore has nine of those, including three straight against Oregon (March 29 and 30) and Washington (April 2). The freshman sits one point behind fellow newcomer Samantha Camuso for the team batting average lead at .389. DiSalvatore is first on the club in runs batted in (38) and third in doubles (13), runs scored (26), on base percentage (.447) and slugging (.549). A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore ranks in the conference Top 10 in four categories, including fourth in average and eighth in hits and doubles. DiSalvatore claimed her first Player of the Week award after an opening weekend in which she went 10-for-14 (.714) with nine RBI, five runs scored and four doubles at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. DiSalvatore hit her first career home run on Feb. 9 against UC Santa Barbara, a three-run, two-out shot in the bottom of the seventh that tied the game and sent it to extra innings before UCLA won it in the eighth. It was the first of numerous heroic efforts for DiSalvatore, who broke a 2-2 tie with a bases-clearing double in the fifth in a 5-2 win over nationally-ranked Georgia on Feb. 22, which led to her second POW award. She also drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double in a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame on March 7.
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with eight home runs. Her latest bomb came on April 18 at Washington, as she hit a solo shot in the fifth inning that proved to be the game-winning RBI. Kamekona has been in the habit lately of driving in the game-winning run, recording five of the last nine for the Bruins to give her seven game-winners on the year. Kamekona also had three straight game-winners from April 4-6 against Stanford and California, hitting a three-run homer in the third inning against Cal on April 6 that proved to be the difference in a 5-0 victory. Kamekona had four hits in 10 at-bats last weekend in the Bay Area with two runs scored. She has hits in five straight contests and is batting .333 (6-for-18) during that stretch. The junior has hit four of the last eight UCLA home runs, including two against Cal State Northridge on March 13 to set a career high. Kamekona is batting .308 on the season, holding the top spot with 36 runs scored and 10 sacrifice hits, tying for the team lead with eight stolen bases and placing fourth with 31 RBI. Of Kamekona's 31 RBI, eight came in a Feb. 9 contest against Santa Clara, which set a UCLA single-game record. Breaking the old mark of Julie Marshall, who had seven RBI in a game against Oregon on April 17, 1999, Kamekona had a two-run homer, a two-run double, a three-run double and a sacrifice fly against the Broncos.
Donna Kerr continues her remarkable freshman campaign and enters this week's play second on the team with a 0.86 ERA, a 14-2 record and 132 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings. Kerr resides in the Pac-10 Top 10 in four categories, placing third in ERA and opposing batting average (.147), eighth in strikeouts and ninth in wins. She is also 11th in the nation in ERA, seventh in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.51) and 30th in strikeouts per seven (8.7). Kerr tossed 4 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday at seventh-ranked Stanford to earn the victory, allowing five hits while striking out three. It was the 10th time that she has been part of a shutout this season, with Kerr tossing five solo blankings. One of those shutouts came on March 2 in her hometown of San Diego when she tossed her first career perfect game against Saint Peter's. Kerr set down all 15 Peahens she faced, striking out seven to throw the 16th perfect game and 99th no-hitter in Bruin history. The perfecto capped off a great week, as she threw 15 scoreless innings, struck out 21 and allowed only two hits to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors. Kerr has four double-figure strikeout games, including a season-high 15 in a two-hit shutout of nationally-ranked Northwestern on March 9. That game marked the first of three straight double-figure strikeout contests for Kerr, who had 36 over a 19-inning span. The freshman has given up one earned run or fewer in 15 of her 18 starts. Along with the perfect game against Saint Peter's and the shutout of Northwestern, Kerr has also blanked San Diego (Feb. 29) and ranked teams Missouri (Feb. 15) and Hawai'i (Feb. 23).
HERE WE GO, KATIE SCHRO!
Freshman Katie Schroeder saw her seven-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday at #21 Cal, but picked up hits in both games at seventh-ranked Stanford to give her hits in nine of her last 10. Schroeder is batting .387 (12-for-31) over her last 10 contests with four runs scored and a pair of multiple-hit games to give her 15 on the season, which ranks second on the team. Her seven-game hit streak is tied for the second longest of the season for a Bruin with the current streak of freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore. Schroeder is third on the team with a .361 batting average, fourth with 25 runs scored and third with 17 walks and seven stolen bases. Twice this season, Schroeder has posted four-hit games, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored against Santa Clara on Feb. 9 and 4-for-5 against Rutgers on March 8. On March 25 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara, Schroeder posted back-to-back three-hit performances, completing the twin bill 6-for-9 with three runs scored. She also has three-hit efforts against Long Beach State (March 9) and California (April 6).
HERRERA CLEARED TO PLAY
Senior Ashley Herrera has been cleared to return to game action, just 2 1/2 months after suffering a dislocated left ankle while sliding into third base against Illinois on Feb. 16. The senior has been practicing with the team over the last few weeks and has taken infield warmups during each of the last two UCLA road trips. Herrera, who is in her redshirt senior season this year after tearing her left ACL in the opening game of 2007, was off to a torrid start over the first eight games of 2008, batting .586 (17-for-29) with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases.
SELDEN, CAMUSO NAMED TOP 25 FINALISTS FOR USA SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
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 April 9.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 A FINALIST FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Senior Anjelica Selden has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Nationwide balloting began April 10 and concludes on May 16 at www.seniorclassaward.com to determine this year's winner.Fan balloting will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. The winner will be announced and presented with the award at the Opening Ceremonies of the NCAA Women's College World Series on May 27. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team, based on final results of the balloting, will also be recognized.An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors. The award, which launched in 2001 with college basketball, is now in its second year for softball.The finalists were chosen from a list of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. These four primary areas of criteria include: classroom, community, character and competition.The idea of an award to salute collegiate seniors was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. It was inspired by the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. The Senior CLASS Award was formed to honor senior student-athletes who fulfill their entire collegiate athletic eligibility, earn a college degree and give back to their community.