OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial “Watch List” for the 7th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This 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. Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman and 2007 winner Monica Abbott of Tennessee.
The 2008 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 34 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences.
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 9. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top 25 finalist, but once the Top 25 is named the remaining finalist must be selected from that list.
Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 7. The final three finalists will be announced May 21 while the winner of the 2008 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2008 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
2008 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
Name School Year Position Hometown
Callista Balko (Arizona) Senior Catcher Tucson, Ariz.
Brandice Balschmiter (Massachusetts) Junior Pitcher - Manasquan, N.J.
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) Sophomore Catcher/Infield Cordova, Tenn.
Savannah Brown (Georgia Tech) - Senior Catcher/Third Base San Diego, Calif.
Katie Burkhart (Arizona State) Senior Pitcher - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Tonya Callahan (Tennessee) Senior Infield Holden, Mo.
Ashley Charters (Washington) Senior Infield Beaverton, Ore.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Junior - Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Krista Colburn (UCLA) Senior Outfield Mukilteo, Wash.
Meagan Denny (Texas) Senior Pitcher Crowley, Texas
Lauren Eckermann (Oklahoma) Senior Pitcher - Brenham, Texas
Cristi Ecks (South Florida) Junior Pitcher Manassas, Va.
Angela Findlay (Michigan) Sophomore Outfield Lockport, Ill.
Samantha Findlay (Michigan) Senior First Base - Lockport, Ill.
Rachel Folden (Marshall) Senior Catcher/Utility Baldwin Park, Calif.
Megan Gibson (Texas A&M) Senior Pitcher/First Base Spring, Texas
Alissa Haber (Stanford) Sophomore Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Whitney Haller (Georgia Tech) Junior First Base Marietta, Ga.
Molly Hill (Nebraska) Junior Pitcher Wayne, Neb.
Dani Hofer (LSU) Junior Pitcher Safety Harbor, Fla.
Becca Heteniak (DePaul) Sophomore Pitcher - Simi Valley, Calif.
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee) Sophomore Catcher/First Base Saugus, Calif.
Carley Hughes (UNC Wilmington) Junior Catcher Pittsboro, N.C.
Annie Kinsey (Pennsylvania) Senior Second Base West Hills, Calif.
Sam Marder (Ohio State) Sophomore Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.
Cambria Miranda (Oregon State) Senior Second Base Camarillo, Calif.
Taryne Mowatt (Arizona) Senior Pitcher Corona, Calif.
Kara Nelson (Illinois State) Sophomore Third Base Moline, Ill.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) Junior Pitcher Los Alamitos, Calif.
Emily Nichols (Iowa) - Senior Catcher/Infield - Portland, Ore.
Chrissy Owens (Alabama) Senior Pitcher Miami, Fla.
Lauren Parker (Alabama) Junior Infield Port Neches, Texas
Nicole Pauly (Northwestern) Sophomore Infield - Palatine, Ill.
Missy Penna (Stanford) Junior Pitcher/Utility Miami, Fla.
Melissa Pura (Cal Poly) Junior Shortstop - Salinas, Calif.
Brette Reagan (Baylor) Junior Third Base Magnolia, Texas
Amanda Renth (Missouri) Junior Infield - Mascoutah, Ill.
Samantha Ricketts (Oklahoma) - Junior - First Base - San Jose, Calif.
Kate Robinson (Hawaii) Senior Pitcher/First Base Honolulu, Hawaii
Killian Roessner (LSU) - Senior Catcher - Manasquan, N.J.
Brittany Rogers (Alabama) Junior Outfield - Dacula, Ga.
Amanda Scarborough (Texas A&M) - Senior - Pitcher/First Base - Magnolia, Texas
Anjelica Selden (UCLA) Senior Pitcher - Vacaville, CA
Kirsten Shortridge (Baylor) Sophomore Pitcher/Outfield Keller, Texas
Holly Tankersley (Louisiana-Lafayette) Senior Designated Player Kirbyville, Texas
Angela Tincher (Virginia Tech) - Senior - Pitcher - Eagle Rock, Va.
Jessica Valis (Houston) Junior Shortstop Shiner, Texas
Sandy Vojik (DePaul) Senior Utility Riverside, Ill.
Kim Waleszonia (Florida) Junior Utility - Fontana, Calif.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) Junior Infield - Roscoe, Mo.