Jan. 23, 2007
BERKELEY - Senior Alex Sutton of the California softball team was announced as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for its sixth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award released on Tuesday.
The 2007 Preseason 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 -- www.usasoftball.com.
Sutton hit a personal-best .352 last season, led Cal in on-base percentage (.464) and finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.497), RBI (36) and doubles (12).
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 postseason 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 Preseason Poll will be announced on Tuesday, January 30.
The 2007 California softball schedule has the Golden Bears traveling throughout the country, facing 18 opponents that made postseason appearances in the 2006 season. Of those 18 opponents, 14 finished the season ranked in top-25 national polls (ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA). The 2007 schedule also includes 15 home games at Levine-Fricke Field, including 11 Pac-10 Conference match-ups.
The Bears will travel to several tournaments, including the Campbell/Carter Classic in San Diego where they open the season against Kansas on Feb. 9. The Bears then return home for their first non-conference home game on Feb. 14 against San Jose State.