Jan. 27, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced on Wednesday its initial watch list for the Ninth Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The list features three Bruins, seniors Megan Langenfeld and Kaila Shull and junior Katie Schroeder.
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include former Bruin Stacey Nuveman (2002).
The preseason watch list is comprised of 50 players representing 35 schools and 14 conferences. The list includes 27 seniors, 17 juniors and six sophomores.
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 7. 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. Freshmen qualify for the Top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.
Just days before the start of postseason play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The final three finalists will be announced on May 26, while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the Women's College World Series.
Langenfeld earned first-team NFCA All-American, All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 after leading the Bruins in the circle with a 1.24 earned run average and holding a .369 batting average, which was second on the team. In the circle, Langenfeld went 17-3 with 112 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings. She tossed 12 complete games and four shutouts, including the 100th no-hitter in UCLA history against Washington. At the plate, she was second on the team in on base percentage (.471) and third in slugging (.589), adding seven home runs, 30 runs batted in and 22 runs scored.
Shull received NFCA All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-10 accolades in her junior campaign, leading the Bruins with 59 runs batted in. She was second with a .683 slugging percentage, 12 home runs and 110 total bases and third with a .360 average, a .429 on base percentage and 12 doubles. Shull was ninth in the nation in RBI per game and ranked in the Pac-10 Top 10 in five statistical categories. Defensively, she committed only one error in 390 chances for a .997 fielding percentage.
Schroeder was recognized with her first All-American (first-team) and All-West Region honors as a sophomore in 2009, also earning first-team All-Pac-10 accolades after leading the Bruins in batting average (.402), home runs (14), runs scored (55), slugging (.684), on base percentage (.516), total bases (119), walks (33) and stolen bases (19). Schroeder ranked 20th in the nation in runs per game, 23rd in on base percentage and 35th in home runs. She posted four hitting streaks of at least seven games.
The Bruins, ranked sixth in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll and eighth in the USA Today/NFCA rankings, open up the 2010 season at Dot Richardson's National Collegiate Softball Invitational in Clermont, Fla. (Feb. 12-14). UCLA faces #7 Georgia (2 p.m. PT) and UCF (4 p.m.) on Feb. 12, Florida Atlantic (10 a.m.) and #16 Tennessee (12 p.m.) on Feb. 13 and third-ranked Michigan on Feb. 14 at 6 a.m. PT.