Valerie Arioto earns spot on 2009 USA Softball Japan Cup team

June 16, 2009

BERKELEY -

Pitcher/ utility player Valerie Arioto will be representing USA Softball as a member of the American team playing at the Japan Cup in Sendai, Japan later this summer. The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced the three teams that will represent USA Softball Women's National team program during the 2009 summer season. The three teams were selected after a selection camp in Chula Vista, Calif, held June 8-12.

Arioto's squad, the 2009 USA Softball Japan Cup Team will compete at the Japan Cup in Sendai, Japan, July 31- Aug.2. The USA Softball Pan American Qualifier Team will represent the USA at the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug.9. The final squad, the USA Softball Women's National Team, will compete at both the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., and the KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Arioto, a first team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Pacific Region selection, also earned third team NFCA All-American and second team Easton All-American honors this season doing double duty as a pitcher and playing first base for the Bears. Arioto was the second leading hitter on the team, posting a .325 average with a .425 on-base percentage. She was second in home runs with 10, tied for the lead with 37 RBI, led the team with 41 runs scored, and stole 15 straight stolen bases before being thrown out on her 16th attempt of the season. Arioto posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, not making an error on defense in 244 chances. As a pitcher, she ended the year with a 14-9 record and a 2.40 ERA, capping her season with a complete-game four hitter against the top-rated Florida Gators at the Super Regional in Gainesville, Fla.

Arioto will play alongside Florida's Stacey Nelson,the nation's ERA leader, Arizona's Stacie Chambers, the nation's home run leader, and Ashley Charters, a member of Washington's 2009 National Championship team.

The complete roster of the 2009 USA Softball Japan Cup Team: Valorie Arioto - Pleasanton, Calif.; Courtney Bures - Haymarket, Va.; Katie Burkhart - San Luis Obispo, Calif., Stacie Chambers - Glendale, Az.; Ashley Charters - Beaverton, Ore.; Jennie Finch - La Mirada, Calif.; Alissa Haber - Newark, Calif.; Molly Johnson - Tucson, Az.; Lauren Lappin - Anaheim, Calif.; Brittany Lastrapes - Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Jenae Leles - Fair Oaks, Calif.; Stacey Nelson - Los Alamitos, Calif.; Amber Patton - Forsyth, Ill.; Brittany Rogers - Dacula, Ga.; Taylor Schlopy - West Hills, Calif.; Natasha Watley - Irvine, Calif. Leading the team will be Head Coach Miller and Assistant Coaches Suzy Brazney (Buena Park, Calif.), Chuck D'Arcy (Sacramento, Calif.) and Jordan.

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