Eight Pac-10 Softball Players Named Top 25 Finalists for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award
April 7, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the Top 25 Finalists for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, and eight Pac-10 players were named to list. ARIZONA Kenzie Fowler and Brittany Lastrapes, STANFORD's Teagan Gerhart and Alissa Haber, CALIFORNIA'S Valerie Arioto, UCLA's Megan Langenfeld and WASHINGTON'S Jenn Salling and last year's award recipient, Danielle Lawrie.
The award is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's softball and is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players around the country. The winner will be chosen from the list of 25 finalists and will be announced at the opening of the NCAA 2010 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Arizona freshman pitcher Fowler, a Tucson, Ariz. native is second in the Pac-10 with a 0.92 ERA and has held opponent's to a league-leading .128 batting average. She lead's the Wildcats with a 20-2 record overall. Teammate Brittany Lastrapes, a senior outfielder from Laguna Niguel, Calif. is batting .450 to lead the Wildcats and has 50 hits and 41 RBI on the season.
Stanford freshman pitcher Teagan Gerhart is having a strong freshman campaign with a 20-4 record and a 1.35 ERA. Gerhart had a record-setting stretch earlier this season where she threw three-straight no-hitters. Senior outfielder Alissa Haber leads the Cardinal with a .481 batting average, good for second-highest in the Conference and has tallied 25 RBI on the season.
California junior utility Valerie Arioto holds a 14-5 record in the circle with a 1.03 ERA this season. Sheis batting .346 this season with 28 RBI.
UCLA senior first baseman/pitcher Megan Langenfeld leads the Bruins in batting average (.533), home runs (9), slugging (1.083), on base percentage (.659) and walks (15).
Washington junior Jenn Salling is having a strong year in her first full season with the Huskies. She is batting .396 with six home runs, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases. Her 29 runs scored lead the team and rank eighth nationally. Defensively at shortstop she has made just three errors in 98 chances. Teammate Danielle Lawrie, the reigning USA Softball Player of the Year, has a 20-1 record in the circle, with a league-leading 223 strikeouts in 141.1 innings pitched. She is also batting .337 and is fourth in the Conference with 40 RBI.