Oklahoma City - The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial “Watch List” for the 8th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns


Ashley Brignac

was named to the initial watch list.

Brignac, a sophomore from River Ridge, La., lived up to the hype in her rookie campaign, leading the Cajuns in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, strikeouts looking, appearances, starts and opponent batting average. She was named Second Team NFCA All-South Region, Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Sun Belt Conference, Sun Belt Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Louisiana Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Louisiana. Brignac finished the year ranked in the NCAA in ERA, strikeouts per seven innings, victories and hits allowed per seven innings.

This award, which is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott and Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher.

The 2009 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 32 schools and 13 different NCAA Division I Conferences.

The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 1. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. *Freshman qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The final three finalists will be announced May 20 while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

2009 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
Name (School)
Valerie Arioto (California)
Brandice Balschmiter (Massachusetts)
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State)
Ashley Brignac (Louisiana)
Neena Bryant (Oregon)
Ashley Charters (Washington)
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State)
Lauren Delaney (Northwestern)
GiOnna DiSalvatore (UCLA)
Krista Donnenwirth (Arizona State)
Angela Findlay (Michigan)
Ali Gardiner (Florida)
Lauren Grill (Mississippi)
Alissa Haber (Stanford)
Becca Heteniak (DePaul)
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee)
Amanda Kamekona (UCLA)
Megan Langenfeld (UCLA)
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona)
Danielle Lawrie (Washington)
Jenae Leles (Arizona)
Robin Mackin (Nebraska)
Sam Marder (Ohio State)
DJ Mathis (Oklahoma)
Morgan Melloh (Fresno State)
Noelle Micka (Nevada)
Rachel Mitchell (LSU)
Kelley Montalvo (Alabama)
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama)
Kara Nelson (Illinois State)
Stacey Nelson (Florida)
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan)
Megan Patton (DePaul)
Missy Penna (Stanford)
Haley Perkins (Fresno State)
Brette Reagan (Baylor)
Samantha Ricketts (Oklahoma)
Brittany Rogers (Alabama)
Jamie Schloredt (Sacramento State)
Kirsten Shortridge (LSU)
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina)
Jordan Taylor (Michigan)
Rhea Taylor (Missouri)
Brooke Turner (Long Beach State)
Jessica Valis (Houston)
Laurie Wagner (Houston)
Kim Waleszonia (Florida)
Megan Wiggins (Georgia)
Tammy Williams (Northwestern)
Jen Yee (Georgia Tech)

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