Gibson Named Finalist For Player Of The Year Award

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OKLAHOMA CITY- Texas A&M senior Megan Gibson has been listed as one of the top ten finalists for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Associate released this afternoon.

Gibson has posted a 30-1 record with a 1.08 ERA in the circle for the fifth-ranked Aggies, which ranks second in the Big 12. In 208 innings of work, Gibson has fanned 241 batters. The Spring, Texas native has earned six Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors thus far this season. She is also batting a .358 clip with a team leading 45 RBIs and 13 longballs.

The two-time All-American leads the Big 12 in walks (45), wins (30), shutouts (14), innings pitched (208) and complete games (29).

The ten finalists for the 7th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award consist of five seniors, three juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Six conferences are represented on the list.

On May 21 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner of the 7th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The announcement will take place during the ‘WCWS Party at the Park’ on Tuesday, May 27 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Top Ten Finalists listed in alphabetical order, are:

Katie Burkhart (Arizona State) – Senior– Pitcher - San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Tonya Callahan (Tennessee) – Senior – Infield – Holden, Mo.

Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) – Junior - Outfielder - Yorba Linda, Calif.

Megan Gibson (Texas A&M) – Senior – Pitcher/First Base – Spring, Texas

Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) – Sophomore – Pitcher/Utility – Moreno Valley, Calif.

Stacey Nelson (Florida) – Junior – Pitcher – Los Alamitos, Calif.

Angel Shamblin (Houston) – Senior – Pitcher/Utility – Davie, Fla.

Jordan Taylor (Michigan) – Freshman – Pitcher – Valencia, Calif.

Angela Tincher (Virginia Tech) – Senior - Pitcher - Eagle Rock, Va.

Tammy Williams (Northwestern) – Junior – Infield – Roscoe, Mo.

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