Charters, Lawrie Finalists For National Player of Year
April 1, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Washington senior infielder Ashley Charters and junior pitcher Danielle Lawrie were two of 25 players named today as finalists for the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA).
Charters and Lawrie were both on the initial Top 50 Watch List and are now two of 25 finalists for the 8th Annual award which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball. The award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Texas' Cat Osterman and Tennessee's Monica Abbott, all of whom were members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.
The Top 25 list represents 17 schools and seven different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list is comprised of nine seniors, 12 juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.
Charters, a two-time All-American, leads the Huskies this season in nearly every offensive statistical category. She carries a team-leading .444 average to go along with 48 hits, 37 runs, three triples. 23 stolen bases and 19 walks, all of which are tops on the team. She also ranks second on the squad with five home runs and 19 RBI despite mostly batting from the leadoff position. She broke UW's all-time stolen base record earlier this season and also tied a school and Pac-10 record by scoring five runs in a game against Penn State in mid-March.
Lawrie, meanwhile, leads the nation with a 0.42 ERA and is second in the country with 242 strikeouts. She owns a 19-3 record and has allowed just nine earned runs in 151.2 innings pitched, walking just 32 batters compared to her 242 Ks. She has 12 shutouts this season and 13 double-digit strikeout performances, including an 18-strikeout, 11-inning shutout of No. 22 Fresno State. She has also shut out the likes of No. 1 Florida, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia and No. 10 Michigan.
Pac-10 players make up more than one-third of the list as eight others players from the conference besides Charters and Lawrie were named candidates. Stanford and Arizona lead the way with three finalists each while Arizona State and UCLA have one each.
Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The three finalists will be announced May 20th while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
2009 Top 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Name - School - Year - Position - Hometown
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) - Junior - Catcher/Infield - Cordova, Tenn.
Stacey Chambers (Arizona) - Junior - Catcher - Glendale, Ariz.
Ashley Charters (Washington) - Senior - Infield- Beaverton, Ore.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Senior- Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Kelsi Dunne (Alabama) - Sophomore - Pitcher - Port Orange, Fla.
Francesca Enea (Florida) - Junior - Outfield - Woodland Hills, Calif.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) - Junior - Infield - Calexico, Calif.
Alisa Goler (Georgia) - Sophomore - Infield - Frankfort, Ill.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) - Junior - Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Ashley Hansen (Stanford) - Freshman - Infield - Chandler, Ariz.
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee) - Junior - Catcher/First Base - Saugus, Calif.
Cheyenne Jenks (Florida Gulf Coast) - Senior -Infield - Naples, Fla.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) - Sophomore - Outfield - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) - Junior - Pitcher - Langley, British Columbia
Jenae Leles (Arizona) - Senior - Third Base - Fair Oaks, Calif.
Sam Marder (Ohio State) - Junior- Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) - Junior- Pitcher/Utility - Moreno Valley, Calif.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) - Senior - Pitcher - Los Alamitos, Calif.
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan) - Junior - Pitcher - St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Amber Patton (DePaul) - Senior - Third Base - Forsyth, Ill.
Missy Penna (Stanford) - Senior - Pitcher/Infield - Miami, Fla.
Brittany Rogers (Alabama) - Senior - Outfield - Dacula, Ga.
Kaila Shull (UCLA) - Junior - Catcher/Outfield - Lodi, Calif.
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina) - Junior - First Base/Pitcher - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) - Senior - Infield - Roscoe, Mo.