Thorson Named to 2006 USA Softball Player of the Year Pre-Season Watch List
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/01/2006

Feb. 1, 2006

Senior pitcher Kristina Thorson has been named to the 2006 USA Softball Player of the Year Pre-Season Watch List, the Amateur Softball Association announced today. The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Thorson is a two-time All-American. She finished the 2005 season with a 23-5 record, sporting an ERA of 1.09, which ranked second in the Pac-10. The senior from Lake Forest Park Wash., is fifth in strikeouts (610) on Cal's all-time career list

The 2006 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players, representing 28 schools and 10 conferences. USA Softball will announce its 25 finalists on April 5. 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.

Name			School		Position
Monica Abbott		Tennessee 	Pitcher
Caitlin Benyi		UCLA 		Second Base
Tina Boutelle		Texas		Outfield
Courtney Bures		Mississippi St.	Infield
Katie Burkhart		Arizona St.	Pitcher
Kasi Carroll		Georgia		Pitcher/Outfield
Lauren Castle		LSU		Outfield
Autumn Champion		Arizona		Outfield
Christina Clark		Fresno St.	Infield
Garland Cooper		Northwestern	First Base
Holly Currie		Auburn		Pitcher/First Base
Jennifer Curtier	Pacific		First Base
Megan Denny		Texas		Pitcher
Norrelle Dickson	Oklahoma	Third Base/SS
Andrea Duran		UCLA		Third Base
Kristi Durant		Tennessee	3rd/Catcher
Sarah Fekete		Tennessee	Outfield
Samantha Findlay	Michigan	First Base
Courtnay Foster		Northwestern	Pitcher
Kristie Fox		Arizona		Shortstop
Megan Gibson		Texas A&M	Pitcher/First Base
Danyele Gomez		Louisiana- Laf.	Outfield
Tiffany Haas 		Michigan	Second Base
Alicia Hollowell	Arizona 	Pitcher
Vanessa Iapala		Oregon St.	First Base /Catcher
Amber Jackson		Bethune-Cookman	Shortstop
Chelsi Lake		Baylor		Infield
Lauren Lappin		Stanford	Shortstop/Catcher
Sara Larquier		Virginia 	Third Base
Dominique Lastrapes	Washington	Second Base
Danielle Lawrie		Washington	Pitcher
Jodie Legaspi		UCLA		Shortstop
Caitlin Lowe		Arizona		Shortstop
Brianne McGowan		Oregon St.	Pitcher/First Base
Micaela Minner		Missouri	Outfield
Catalina Morris		Stanford	Outfield
Marissa Nichols 	UNLV		Outfield
Cat Osterman 		Texas		Pitcher
Jackie Rinehart 	Stanford 	Outfield
Jennie Ritter 		Michigan 	Pitcher
Amanda Scarborough 	Texas A&M 	Pitcher
Lindsay Schutzler 	Tennessee 	Infield
Harmony Schwethelm 	Baylor		Infield/Outfield
Christine Sheridan 	Georgia Tech 	Shortstop
Anjelica Selden 	UCLA 		Pitcher
Kristina Thorson 	California 	Pitcher
Angela Tincher 		Virginia Tech 	Pitcher
Stephanie VanBrakle 	Alabama 	Pitcher
Kristin Vesley 		Oklahoma 	Centerfield
Emily Zaplatosch 	UCLA 		First Base /Catcher