Williams, Wright Named To USA Futures National Team

May 13, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the 18 athletes who have been selected for the 2010 USA Softball Women's Futures National Team and a pair of Washington players in sophomore Niki Williams and freshman Shawna Wright were named to the team.

The squad, which includes both USA Softball rookies and those with program experience, consists of athletes who currently play or have played at 13 schools in six Division I conferences.

The sophomore Williams has carried the momentum from a record-setting 2009 Women's College World Series to an outstanding sophomore campaign, ranking second on the team in hits and total bases and third in home runs, RBI, average, on base percentage and runs scored.

A versatile player, the Mission Viejo, Calif., native has also played solid defense while making the transition from infield to outfield, helping the Huskies lead the Pac-10 and rank sixth nationally in fielding percentage.

Wright has had a stellar freshman year for the Huskies, leading the team with 11 doubles and 48 RBI and ranking second with 11 home runs, the latter of which marks the most for a Husky freshman since four-time All-American Kristen Rivera hit 16 in 2002.

The Lancaster, Calif., native has been equally as impressive behind the plate in working with Danielle Lawrie, throwing out 12 runners attempting to steal and picking off another five, leading the Pac-10 in both categories.

The Futures Team will kick off the season with exhibition games against the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team in Canton and Ashland, Ohio, June 16-17. They will also compete against the National Teams of Canada, Japan and the USA at the 2010 World Cup of Softball, July 22-26, at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. To purchase tickets to see the Futures team in action, visit http://www.ohioasasoftball.org/ for the Ohio exhibitions and http://www.softballoutlet.com for the World Cup.

Members of the Futures Team will also fill spots on the USA team competing at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, July 7-11, in Surrey, B.C. and exhibition games in Whitehorse, Yukon, July 13-14. Futures players will also be included on the rosters for the Japan Cup, August 3-9, in Sendai City, Japan. (Complete rosters for the tournaments in Canada and Japan will be announced at a later date.)

The complete roster includes:

Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California junior)
Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee freshman)
Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona freshman)
Jessica Iwata (Lihu'e, Hawaii/Hawaii freshman)
Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky senior)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif./UCLA senior)
Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Arizona junior)
Jenae Leles (Fair Oaks, Calif./Arizona 2009*)
Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas/Texas freshman)
Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M freshman)
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif./Florida 2009*)
Jamia Reid (Buena Park, Calif./California sophomore)
Lauren Schutzler (Monterey, Calif./Arizona junior)
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan junior)
Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va./Virginia Tech 2008*)
Niki Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif./Washington sophomore)
Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif./Washington freshman)

* Last year of college eligibility

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