Trio Picked All-Pacific-Region

May 14, 2008

Three Cats Make All-Pacific Region
University of Arizona softball players Laine Roth, Jenae Leles and Brittany Lastrapes were named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Pacific-Region team today.

Roth, junior first baseman, leads the team in hitting at .368, while freshman outfielder Lastrapes is right behind at .360. Leles is No. 3 on the club in hitting at .347. Roth (15) and Leles (14) are two of the Cats top four power hitters.

They each earned second-team honors from the panel of National Fastpitch Coaches Association members.

Their selection gives Arizona All-Pacific-Region selections every year since the NFCA began naming the team in 1991. UA also had four years of honors for All-Northwest Region picks from 1987 to 1990.

It's the first year since 1999 that UA did not have a first-team selection. That year Lauren Bauer, Nicole Giordano and Becky Lemke earned second-team honors off Arizona's 53-16 second-place Pac-10 team that earned a Women's College World Series berth. Last year Caitlin Lowe, Kristie Fox and Taryne Mowatt earned first-team honors. The Cats have had at least three players picked since 1991.

Lastrapes is UA's leading scorer this year as a true-freshman leadoff hitter, with 43 runs, one ahead of slugger Leles. Roth is 11th nationally with an .825 slugging percentage and sixth in the country with 0.34 home runs per game. She's driven in 42 runs to Leles' 41.

The selections will put all three players on the ballot for All-America consideration May 26 in Oklahoma by the All-America selection committee.

2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region Teams

First Team
P - Katie Burkhart, ASU
P - Anjelica Selden, UCLA
C - Rosey Neill, Stanford
1B - GiOnna DiSalvatore, UCLA
2B - Mindy Cowles, ASU
3B - Krista Donnenwirth, ASU
SS - Maddy Coon, Stanford
OF - Kaitlin Cochrane, ASU
OF - Jackie Vasquez, ASU
OF - Alissa Haber, Stanford
UT/P - Megan Langenfeld, UCLA
Utility - Bernice Masaniai, UCLA

Second Team
P - Missy Penna, Stanford
P - Marissa Drewrey, Cal
P - Tiffany Pagano, Loyola Marymount
C - Kristen Miller, ASU
1B - Laine Roth, Arizona
2B - Amanda Kamekona, UCLA
3B - Jenae Leles, Arizona
SS - Paige Lowe, Oregon State
OF - Samantha Camuso, UCLA
OF - Krista Colburn, UCLA
OF - Brittany Lastrapes, Arizona
UT/P - Valerie Arioto, Cal
Utility - Chelsie Tysdal, Loyola Marymount

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