Gibson And Scarborough Finalists For Player Of The Year

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OKLAHOMA CITY- Megan Gibson and Amanda Scarborough, members of the Texas A&M softball team, have been named as two of the Top 25 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalists, the Amateur Softball Association announced this week.

This season, Gibson has taken over the A&M career lead in walks (102) and has tied the career home run record (39), both previously held by All-American catcher, Selena Collins. Gibson is hitting, a team-leading, .410 with three doubles, two triples and nine long balls. She’s also driven in 25 runs. Gibson’s .846 slugging percentage is the best in the Big 12. In the circle, Gibson has posted a 12-2 record, striking out 95 batters in 87 1/3 innings of work. The junior from Spring, Texas has a 1.76 ERA.

Scarborough leads the Aggies in RBIs with 30 on the season. She is hitting .299 with seven doubles, two triples and five home runs. Her .567 slugging percentage is second on the team only to Gibson. Scarborough has struck out a career high 12 batters twice this season en route to posting a 14-4 record in 121 1/3 innings of work. Scarborough, from Magnolia, Texas, has struck out a total of 127 batters, holding opposing teams to a .178 batting average. She owns a 1.21 ERA.

This award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The Top 25 is comprised of players representing 17 colleges and six different NCAA Division I Conferences.

On May 9, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 23 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series.

The Top 25 finalists for the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Monica Abbott Tennessee Salinas, Calif. Senior Pitcher

Katie Burkhart Arizona State San Luis Obispo, Calif. Junior Pitcher

Kaitlin Cochran Arizona State Yorba Linda, Calif. Sophomore Outfield

Garland Cooper Northwestern Mission Viejo, Calif. Senior First Base

Bianca Cruz Arizona State Surprise, Ariz. Senior Third Base

Norrelle Dickson Oklahoma Orange, Calif. Senior Third Base

Kristie Fox Arizona San Diego, Calif. Senior Shortstop

Megan Gibson Texas A&M Spring, Texas Junior RHP/1B

Leslie Klein LSU Sunrise, Fla. Senior Outfield

Danielle Lawrie Washington Langley, B.C. Sophomore Pitcher

Caitlin Lever Georgia Tech Amherst, N.Y. Senior Outfield

Caitlin Lowe Arizona Tustin, Calif. Senior Outfield

Brooke Marnitz Kentucky Lexington, Ken. Senior Shortstop

Ashley Monceaux Baylor Tucson, Ariz. Senior Infield

Chrissy Owens Alabama Miami, Fla. Junior Pitcher

Lauren Parker Alabama Port Neches, Texas Sophomore Infield

Amanda Renth Missouri Mascoutah, Ill. Junior Infield

Samantha Ricketts Oklahoma San Jose, Calif. Sophomore First Base

Jenn Salling Oregon Port Coquitlam, B.C. (RS)Freshman Shortstop

Amanda Scarborough Texas A&M Magnolia, Texas Junior RHP/1B

Lindsay Schutzler Tennessee Monterey, Calif. Senior Outfield

Holly Tankersley ULL Kirbyville, Texas Junior DP/Outfield

Angela Tincher Virginia Tech Eagle Rock, VA Junior Pitcher

Courtney Totte Oklahoma State Lawton, Okla. Senior Catcher

Tammy Williams Northwestern Roscoe, Mo. Sophomore Shortstop