Tincher Claims College Softball Player Of The Year Award

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher claimed the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year during tonight's WCWS Party at the Park at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tincher beat out Texas A&M's Megan Gibson and Tennessee's Tonya Callahan.

Tincher struck out 651 strikes out on the year with a record of 38 and 8 and an earn run average of 0.62.

Gibson certainly gave the voters something to think about with her all around numbers including an impressive 36-1 record, 0.92 ERA, 304 strikeouts and .339 batting average that included a team leading 47 RBI's, off 57 hits (14 doubles, a triple and 13 homeruns).

Gibson led the Aggies to their best ever finish in conference play (17-1) and has helped A&M match a school second-best record for wins in a season (52).

The two-time All-American led the Big 12 in walks (46), wins (36), shutouts (19), innings pitched (250), strikeouts (304) and complete games (35).

In the end, Tincher's strikeout total and lower earn run average earned her the award.

Gibson and Tincher are expected to go head to head Thursday at 2 when Texas A&M meets Virginia Tech in the opening round of the College World Series.

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