UCLA Hosts Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament to Open 2012
Feb. 8, 2012
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In addition, members of the Bruin Kids Club will receive two complimentary admissions (one adult, one child) upon showing their Kids Club card at the front entrance. On Saturday, 2012 softball posters will be handed out to all fans, as well as Meet the Freshmen posters for all three days.
Now in its 11th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past recipients of the POY award include former Bruin Stacey Nuveman (2002).
While an athlete does not have to be on the Watch List to be considered for the Top 25 list, which will be announced on April 11, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 finalists. The Top 10 finalists will be announced May 9 and the top three will be announced on May 23. On May 29 prior to the start of the 2012 Women's College World Series, the POY will be revealed.
Harrison was named a first-team NFCA All-American, first-team NFCA All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-10 in 2011 after leading the Bruins in batting average (.409), home runs (15), runs batted in (52), total bases (126), hits (67), slugging (.768) and on base percentage (.512). She was also tied for first with 29 walks, tied for second with 12 doubles and third with 39 runs scored and seven hit by pitches.
Fox earned All-Pac-10 first team and Pac-10 All-Freshman squad accolades after placing tied for second on the team with 11 home runs, solo second with 45 RBI, a .608 slugging, eight sacrifice hits and six stolen bases, tied for first with 29 walks and third with a .342 batting average, 96 total bases and a .445 on base percentage.
UCLA returns a bevy of offense, with six of its top seven hitters in batting average coming back in 2012, led by 2011 first-team All-American Andrea Harrison. The senior led the Bruins in batting average (.409), home runs (15), runs batted in (52), total bases (126), hits (67), slugging (.768) and on base percentage (.512) a year ago and was also tied for first with 29 walks, tied for second with 12 doubles and third with 39 runs scored. She started all 55 games, making 36 starts in left and 19 at first base, and will continue to split duties at those two positions this season.
Also returning in the outfield are redshirt senior Katie Schroeder and junior B.B. Bates. Schroeder, a stalwart in center field, was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team a year ago, leading the Bruins in runs scored (44), tying for second in doubles (12) and tying for fourth in batting average (.324). She was also second on the team with 18 multiple-hit games, third with five stolen bases and fourth with 27 walks.
Bates, who can play any of the outfield spots but predominantly played right her first two years, was also named All-Pac-10 honorable mention, tying for second on the squad with 11 home runs, finishing third with 44 RBI and tying for fourth with a .324 batting average. She led the Bruins with seven homers and 13 multiple-RBI contests, was second with 99 total bases, third in slugging (.563) and sacrifices (6) and fourth in runs scored (37) and multi-hit contests (14).
One of the more versatile Bruins is junior Devon Lindvall, who made 27 starts at five different positions a year ago, starting 13 games in left, five in center, one in right, seven at designated player and one at first base. She hit .266 with three home runs, 16 RBI, 17 runs scored, 11 walks, five hit by pitches and two stolen bases.
Rounding out the depth in the outfield is freshman Tara Mueller, who was a four-sport athlete at Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif. She played the outfield for two years and was also a member of the soccer, volleyball and track and field squads.
Sophomore Kellie Fox returns to anchor the shortstop position after collecting All-Pac-10 first team and All-Freshman squad honors. She was tied for second on the team with 11 home runs, solo second with 45 RBI, a .608 slugging, eight sacrifice hits and six stolen bases, tied for first with 29 walks and third with a .342 batting average, 96 total bases and a .445 on base percentage, starting all 55 games up the middle.
To Fox's right on the left side of the diamond will be freshman Stephany LaRosa, who will move over a position after spending four years as the shortstop at Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, Calif. LaRosa was Hacienda League MVP, DBHS Female Athlete of the Year, and first-team All-CIF, All-Valley and All-Max Preps as a senior, hitting .508 with eight home runs, 26 RBI and 16 stolen bases in helping the Brahmas to a league title.
Leading the number of candidates at second base is redshirt senior Samantha Camuso. With the first half of last season lost to injury, Camuso hit .190 with two RBI and two doubles in 22 games. However, she is not far removed from a 2010 season that saw her hit .326 with 16 homers and 53 RBI, culminating in a national title and a spot on the WCWS All-Tournament Team.
Sophomore Talee Snow played 33 games at second base last season and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention squad after leading the Bruins and all league players with 12 sacrifice hits. She hit .239 with 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and 15 walks.
Senior Marti Reed has started five games at second base during her three-year career in Westwood, also seeing time at designated player and right field. She made 10 starts a year ago and had six hits in 42 at-bats (.143) with nine runs scored, two RBI and six walks.
Freshman Sam Duran, who can play three of the four infield positions, was named All-Del Rio League every year at California High School in Whittier, Calif., including first team her final three years, and league co-MVP as a senior.
Sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team and was fourth on the team with nine homers and a .556 slugging percentage. She added a .302 batting average, 24 runs batted in, 21 walks and five doubles, also posting a .993 fielding percentage behind the plate with only two errors in 286 chances. Tiumalu tore her ACL in game two of the Gainesville Regional and will be sidelined to start the season as she continues her recovery.
Filling in behind the plate will be senior Dani Yudin, who was no slouch either defensively, committing no errors in 184 chances between catcher and first base. She was second on the team with a .453 on base percentage a year ago, reaching base in a team-best 23 games at one point. She hit .264 with three home runs, 19 runs batted in and 26 walks as a junior.
Another sophomore who had a fantastic first year was Jessica Hall, who was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after leading the Bruins in wins (16), while holding a 2.59 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings. A triple threat in the circle, at the plate and at first base, Hall also hit .284 with five homers and 10 RBI last season.
Joining Hall in the pitcher/first base category is freshman Ally Carda, who is coming off a gold-medal performance with Team USA at the 2011 ISF Junior Women's World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa (Dec. 6-17). She went 2-1 with 23 strikeouts in 13 innings and also hit .500 with seven RBI. At Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., Carda was a three-time all-league and all-city selection, posting a 1.14 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 117 innings as a senior to go with a .500 average and seven homers.
Junior Destiny Rodino begins her third season in Westwood and has a 4-1 record in 14 career appearances. Last year, she went 2-0 with a 3.36 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.
Senior Aleah Macon has a 17-1 record in two seasons in Westwood, going 4-0 a year ago with a 2.95 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 38 innings in 2011. The winning pitcher in both games of the 2010 WCWS Finals, Macon will begin the year sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Rounding out the pitching staff is freshman Courtney Rivera, who played three years of pitcher and first base at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif. During her time at CCHS, she earned All-Western League second-team honors.
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