Scarborough Named Finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Texas A&M junior Amanda Scarborough was named one of 11 finalists for the 6th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, the Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced Wednesday.

Scarborough is one of three Big 12 players on the list. Joining her are Oklahoma's Norelle Dickson and Samantha Ricketts.

Scarborough has played in all 48 of the Aggies’ contests this season. She has compiled a 20-6 record in the circle, striking out 177 batters in 168.2 innings of work. She owns a 1.16 ERA. At the plate, Scarborough holds a .319 batting average with a team-leading 41 RBIs.

An initial “Watch List” was released on January 30 and the list of 25 finalists was announced on April 4. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, in its sixth year, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by NCAA Division I collegiate softball players across the country.

The eleven finalists for the 6th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, consists of three players who were selected as top 10 finalists in 2006. There are also five seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman among the list.

Top 11 Finalists listed in alphabetical order are:

Monica Abbott (Tennessee) – Senior – Pitcher - Salinas, Calif.
Katie Burkhart (Arizona State) – Junior – Pitcher - San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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

Norrelle Dickson (Oklahoma) – Senior - Third Base - Orange, Calif.

Caitlin Lever (Georgia Tech) - Senior - Outfielder - Amherst, NY

Caitlin Lowe (Arizona) – Senior – Outfielder - Tustin, Calif.

Samantha Ricketts (Oklahoma) - Sophomore - First Base - San Jose, Calif.

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

Amanda Scarborough (Texas A&M) - Junior - Pitcher/First Base -
Magnolia, Texas

Lindsay Schutzler (Tennessee) – Senior – Outfielder - Monterey, Calif.

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

On May 29 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 6th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award during opening ceremonies of the 2007 NCAA Women’s College World Series.

Texas A&M opens play in the Big 12 Conference Softball Championship on Friday at 2 p.m. when the 7th-ranked Aggies face Nebraska. The game will be broadcast locally on Sports Radio 1150 The Zone.