The Amateur Softball Association announced today the 25 finalists for the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The Top 25 is comprised of players representing 17 colleges and six different NCAA Division I Conferences. Among the list are 12 seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores and a red-shirt freshman. Five of the finalists were among the Top 25 finalists in 2006, including Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, Arizona’s Caitlin Lowe and Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher who were also top 10 finalists last year.
The Top 25 finalists for the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, listed in alphabetical order, are:
Monica Abbott; Tennessee; Salinas, Calif.; Senior; Pitcher
Katie Burkhart; Arizona State; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Junior; Pitcher
Kaitlin Cochran; Arizona State; Yorba Linda, Calif.; Sophomore; Outfield
Garland Cooper; Northwestern; Mission Viejo, Calif.; Senior; First Base
Bianca Cruz; Arizona State; Surprise, Ariz.; Senior; Third Base
Norrelle Dickson; Oklahoma; Orange, Calif.; Senior; Third Base
Kristie Fox; Arizona; San Diego, Calif.; Senior; Shortstop
Megan Gibson; Texas A&M; Spring, Texas; Junior; RHP/1B
Leslie Klein; LSU; Sunrise, Fla.; Senior; Outfield
Danielle Lawrie; Washington; Langley, B.C.; Sophomore; Pitcher
Caitlin Lever; Georgia Tech; Amherst, N.Y.; Senior; Outfield
Caitlin Lowe; Arizona; Tustin, Calif.; Senior; Outfield
Brooke Marnitz; Kentucky; Lexington, Ken.; Senior; Shortstop
Ashley Monceaux; Baylor; Tucson, Ariz.; Senior; Infield
Chrissy Owens; Alabama; Miami, Fla.; Junior; Pitcher
Lauren Parker; Alabama; Port Neches, Texas; Sophomore; Infield
Amanda Renth; Missouri; Mascoutah, Ill.; Junior; Infield
Samantha Ricketts; Oklahoma; San Jose, Calif.; Sophomore; First Base
Jenn Salling; Oregon; Port Coquitlam, B.C.; (RS)Freshman; Shortstop
Amanda Scarborough; Texas A&M; Magnolia, Texas; Junior; RHP/1B
Lindsay Schutzler; Tennessee; Monterey, Calif.; Senior; Outfield
Holly Tankersley; La.-Lafayette; Kirbyville, Texas; Junior; DP/Outfield
Angela Tincher; Virginia Tech; Eagle Rock, VA; Junior; Pitcher
Courtney Totte; Oklahoma State; Lawton, Okla.; Senior; Catcher
Tammy Williams; Northwestern; Roscoe, Mo.; Sophomore; Shortstop
On May 9, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 23 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series.