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    Coaches Applications

    Feb. 02, 2007

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    Arizona Preseason Poll

    Jan. 30, 2007

    Arizona Holds Top Spot In Preseason Poll

    Oklahoma City, Okla. – Backed by 13 first-place votes, the University of Arizona will open the 2007 season the same way they finished in 2006 as the No. 1 team in the country according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Preseason Top 25 poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. With 483 points, the Wildcats won their seventh National title in 2006 including a 2-0 sweep of Northwestern in the Championship Series.

    The Wildcats return the bulk of their offensive power but will be without All-American Alicia Hollowell who threw every inning for the Wildcats during the World Series and set the World Series record with a total of 64 strikeouts.

    The University of Tennessee is close behind Arizona with 476 points after collecting five first-place votes. The Volunteers return All-American pitcher Monica Abbott, who had a record of 44-10 in 62 appearances last season. Of the three finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Athletes of the Year, Abbott is the only returnee.

    UCLA will begin the season ranked third after wrapping up the 2006 campaign with a 50-9 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA Women’s College World Series. Sending them home from the 2006 WCWS was Northwestern who is ranked fourth after shocking softball fans by making it to the Championship Series against perennial powerhouse Arizona last season. The Wildcats beat Alabama, 6-5 (10), Tennessee, 2-0, and UCLA, 3-1 (8), before being shut out by Arizona in the Championship Series, 8-0, 5-0.

    Rounding out the top five is Arizona State, who finished 53-15 under first-year coach Clint Myers. The Sun Devils are on track to make it back to the World Series after losing only one starter from their 2006 squad. Despite a 2006 World Series appearance and an impressive 55-9 record a year ago, the University of Texas dropped 15 spots in the preseason poll to No. 18 to start out the season. With the departure of three-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Cat Osterman, who led the team to three World Series appearances, the Longhorns will need to rely on junior Meagan Denny to take them back to the Series. Osterman finished her four-year tenure at Texas as the NCAA's all-time softball strikeout leader.

    The University of Massachusetts made it into the top 25 after receiving votes in the final poll of the 2006 season while the 2006 Big 12 Champion Kansas Jayhawks fell out of the preseason Top 25 after going 2-2 at the NCAA Regionals.

    Click here to see the complete poll and be sure to check out the College Corner on through out the college softball season for continuous coverage including weekly polls, Player of the Week winners and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List.

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    Top 50 Watch List for the POY

    Jan. 30, 2007

    Oklahoma City---The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial “Watch List” for the 6th 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 and three-time winner, Texas pitcher Cat Osterman. 

    The 2007 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 33 schools and 11 different NCAA Division I Conferences. A complete list of the players with photos and links to their collegiate bios can be found in the
    College Corner on the USA Softball website.

    The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 4. 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 9. The final three finalists will be announced May 23 while the winner of the 2006 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2007 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

    The 2007 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Pre-Season Poll will be announced on Tuesday, January 30.

    2007 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List

    *Monica Abbott – Tennessee – Senior – Pitcher – Salinas, CA
    Candice Baker – Cal State Fullerton – Senior – Pitcher – Buena Park, CA
    Callista Balko – Arizona – Junior – Catcher – Tucson, AZ
    Brandice Balschmiter – Umass – Sophomore – Pitcher – Newark, NY
    Lacey Bertucci – Louisiana-Lafayette – Senior – First Base – Folsom, LA
    Catherine Bishop – Louisville – Senior – Pitcher – Adelaide, Australia
    Katie Burkhart – Arizona State – Junior – Pitcher – San Luis Obispo, CA
    Courtney Bures – Mississippi State – Sophomore – Shortstop – Haymarket, VA
    *Tonya Callahan – Tennessee – Junior – First Base – Holden, MO
    *Eileen Canney – Northwestern – Senior – Pitcher – Paradise, CA
    *Gina Carbonatto – Pacific – Senior – Outfield – Lake Stevens, WA
    Kasi Carroll – Georgia – Senior – Pitcher – Norris City, IL
    *Ashley Charters – Washington – Junior – Shortstop – Newberg, OR
    *Kaitlin Cochran – Arizona State – Sophomore – Outfield – Yorba Linda, CA
    Maddy Coon – Stanford – Sophomore – Infield – Chappaqua, NY
    *Garland Cooper – Northwestern – Senior – First Base – Mission Viejo, CA
    Ashley DeBuhr – Nebraska – Senior – Pitcher – Beatrice, NE
    Melanie Denischuk – UMBC – Senior – Utility – Poway, CA
    *Norrelle Dickson – Oklahoma – Senior – Utility – Orange, CA
    Samantha Findlay – Michigan – Junior – First Base – Lockport, IL
    *Erin Floros – San Diego State – Sophomore – Catcher – San Diego, CA
    *Rachel Folden – Marshall – Junior – Utility – Baldwin Park, CA
    *Kristie Fox – Arizona – Senior – Shortstop – San Diego, CA
    Whitney Haller – Georgia Tech – Sophomore – First Base – Marietta, GA
    Kassie Humphreys – Kansas – Senior – Pitcher – Glendale, AZ
    *Leslie Klein – LSU – Senior – Outfield – Sunrise, FL
    *Chelsi Lake – Baylor – Senior – Infield – Keller, TX
    *Dominique Lastrapes – Washington - Senior – Second Base – Mission Viejo, CA
    Jodie Legaspi – UCLA – Senior – Shortstop – Garden Grove, CA
    Mia Longfellow – Oregon State – Senior – Utility – Ramona, CA
    *Caitlin Lowe – Arizona – Senior – Outfield – Tustin, CA
    Robin Mackin – Fresno State – Sophomore – Pitcher – Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
    *Megan McAllister – Georgia – Senior – Infield – Carlsbad, CA
    *Brianne McGowan – Oregon State – Senior – Pitcher – Reno, NV
    *Kellie Middleton – Georgia – Senior – Outfield – Norcross, GA
    *Cambria Miranda – Oregon State – Junior – Utility – Camarillo, CA
    Whitney Mollica – Umass – Sophomore – Third Base – Windham, NH
    Taryne Mowatt – Arizona – Junior – Pitcher/Utility – Corona, CA
    *Brette Reagan – Baylor – Sophomore – Infield – Magnolia, TX
    Jackie Rinehart – Stanford – Senior – Outfield – Reno, NV
    *Brittany Rogers – Alabama – Sophomore – Outfield – Dacula, GA
    *Lindsay Schutzler – Tennessee – Senior – Shortstop – Monterey, CA
    *Anjelica Selden – UCLA – Junior – Pitcher – Vacaville, CA
    *Amber Smith – Illinois State – Junior – Pitcher – Fairfield, CA
    Alex Sutton – California – Senior – Outfield – Morgan Hill, CA
    *Angela Tincher – Virginia Tech – Junior – Pitcher – Eagle Rock, VA
    *Emily Turner – LSU – Senior – Pitcher – Chula Vista, CA
    Desiree Williams – Texas – Junior – Shortstop – Tucson, AZ
    *Tammy Williams – Northwestern – Sophomore – Shortstop – Roscoe, MO
    *Veronica Wootson – Florida State – Senior – Infield – Fontana, CA
    *2006 NFCA All-Americans

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    Tickets now available for KFC World Cup of Softball

    Nov. 22, 2006

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    USA Softball wins Japan Cup

    Nov. 19, 2006

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    USA Softball Wins Junior Womens Pan Am Championship

    Nov. 19, 2006

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    USA Softball advances to Japan Cup final

    Nov. 18, 2006

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    USA Junior Women Advance to Championship Game

    Nov. 17, 2006

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    USA Enters Medal Rounds as No 1 Seed

    Nov. 16, 2006

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    USA Softball opens Japan Cup with Win

    Nov. 16, 2006