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