Ten Pac-10 Softball Players Named to USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List

Jan. 30, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Pac-10 Conference has ten players listed on The Amateur Softball Association's initial 'Watch List' for the 7th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, the ASA announced Wednesday. This 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.

Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, and UCLA all have two players named on the list. Pitcher Taryne Mowatt and catcher Callista Balko are named from the defending national champion Wildcats.

The Sun Devils are represented by last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year Kaitlin Cochran and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Katie Burkhart. Pitcher Missy Penna and outfielder Alissa Haber represent Stanford, while pitcher Anjelica Selden and outfielder Krista Colburn are Bruins to watch.

Oregon State second basemen Cambria Miranda was also named to list as well as Washington infielder Ashley Charters.

The 2008 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 34 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences.The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 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.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 7. The final three finalists will be announced May 21 while 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.

2008 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List (Pac-10 Players Only)
Name - School - Year - Position - Hometown
Callista Balko (Arizona) - Senior - Catcher - Tucson, Ariz.
Taryne Mowatt (Arizona) - Senior - Pitcher - Corona, Calif.
Katie Burkhart (Arizona State) - Senior - Pitcher - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Junior - Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Cambria Miranda (Oregon State) - Senior - Second Base- Camarillo, Calif.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) - Sophomore - Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Missy Penna (Stanford) - Junior - Pitcher/Utility - Miami, Fla.
Krista Colburn (UCLA) - Senior - Outfield - Mukilteo, Wash.
Anjelica Selden (UCLA) - Senior - Pitcher - Vacaville, Calif.
Ashley Charters (Washington) - Senior - Infield - Beaverton, Ore.

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