Four Pac-10 Softball Players Named Top 10 Finalists For the ASA/USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award
May 13, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA's Kenzie Fowler, CALIFORNIA's Valerie Arioto, UCLA's Megan Langenfeld and WASHINGTON's Danielle Lawrie were recently named top 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA). The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The top 10 finalists were selected by a panel, which includes Division I coaches and other individuals involved in the highest levels of the game, from the list of top 25 finalists released in April.
Fowler, a freshman pitcher from Tucson, Ariz., has had a stellar season in the circle, posting a 31-6 record with 282 strikeouts in 214.1 innings pitched. With her 31 wins, Fowler becomes just the second pitcher in Arizona history to record 30 wins in a season as a freshman.
Arioto, a junior utility, leads the Golden Bears with a record of 19-8, a 1.36 ERA and 243 strikeouts. At the plate, the Pleasanton, Calif., native is second on the team with a .366 batting average and paces the Bears with a .813 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage. This is the first time that Arioto has been named at top 10 finalist.
Langenfeld leads the Conference and the Bruins with a .516 batting average, a 1.022 slugging percentage and a .664 on-base percentage. The senior first baseman/pitcher is second on the squad with 37 runs scored and is tied for second with 13 home runs. In the circle, the Bakersfield, Calif., native is 8-1 with three saves, a 0.86 ERA and has tallied 45 strikeouts in 73.1 innings pitched.
Washington's Lawrie was the 2009 recipient of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award after leading the Huskies to the 2009 NCAA softball title. In 2010, Lawrie is having another dominant season, compiling a 33-2 record and 392 strikeouts in 235.1 innings pitched. With 1,757 career strikeouts, she sits just 11 strikeouts shy of the Pac-10 career strikeout record. The Langley, B.C., native has 4 no-hitters this season, three of which were perfect games, tying a Conference single-season record. Lawrie has also performed at the plate, boasting a .312 batting average and 47 RBI.
The three finalists will be announced on May 26 and the winner of the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of NCAA Women's College World Series action at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.