Annie Kinsey Named to USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List

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.