A complete list of Division I All-Americans.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Fifty-four players have been named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America first, second and third teams. The awards were announced Thursday afternoon on ESPN between the opening two games of the NCAA Division I softball Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. All three teams were selected by NFCA-member, NCAA Division I coaching representatives, based on nominations from the 2005 season.
All eight Women’s College World Series participants had representatives on the all-America teams, with Tennessee and Michigan leading the way with four selections each. Pitcher Monica Abbott was named to the first team along with outfielder Sarah Fekete for the Lady Volunteers, while Kristi Durant and Lindsay Schutzler were second-team selections. Michigan, the top seed in this week’s tournament, placed pitcher Jennie Ritter and second baseman Tiffany Haas on the first team, while shortstop Jessica Merchant garnered third-team laurels along with designated player Nicole Motycka.
California and Arizona each had three players selected. Vicky Galindo earned first-team honors at third base to lead the trio of California players on the squad. Pitcher Kristina Thorson was named to the second team, while Kaleo Eldredge was a third-team selection.
Mike Candrea’s Wildcats put two players on the first team, as Caitlin Lowe was tabbed first team outfielder, and shortstop Kristie Fox was named to the first team as an at-large selection. Pitcher Alicia Hollowell joined her teammates on the all-America squad, landing on the second team at the pitcher’s spot.
Northwestern, Oklahoma and Stanford also put three players on the teams. Northwestern and Oklahoma had one player each on the first team with first baseman Garland Cooper and at-large selection Heather Scaglione, respectively. The Wildcats placed Stephanie Churchwell on the second team, while Courtnay Foster was tabbed a third-team selection. Oklahoma’s Kristin Vesely was named to the second team, and Norrelle Dickson was a third-team selection.
Defending national champion UCLA had two second-team performers — Caitlin Benyi at second base and pitcher Anjelica Selden in the at-large spot — while Alabama also had a pair of second-team all-Americans in catcher Ashley Courtney and at-large pitcher Stephanie VanBrakle.
WCWS participants Texas and DePaul each had a player named to the all-America squads. The Longhorns’ Cat Osterman was named to the first team, while DePaul’s Saskia Roberson was tabbed to the third team.
The remainder of the first-team selections were Washington catcher Kristen Rivera, Mississippi State shortstop Courtney Bures, UNLV outfielder Marissa Nichols, Texas A&M’s Amanda Scarborough (utility), Oregon State’s Brianne McGowan (at-large), Fresno State’s Jamie Southern (at-large) and Georgia’s Kim Wendland (at-large).
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association awards more than 300 first, second and third team All-Americans in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as in NAIA, NJCAA, California Community Colleges, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and high school.