May 7, 2008
IRVING, Texas - Houston senior pitcher Angel Shamblin was named a Top 10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. This is the first mention on the finalist list for the Davie, Fla., native that is 30-2 in the circle this season.
The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced the ten finalists after narrowing a list of 25 finalists. In its seventh year, the USA Collegiate Player of the Year was designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievements by NCAA Division I collegiate softball players.
Shamblin was named a finalist the same day she was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year for a record third consecutive season. She paces the league with a 0.55 ERA and has 248 strikeouts and 16 shutouts.
The list of 10 finalists will be cut to three on May 21. The final three players will travel to the 2008 Women's College World Series, where the winner will be announced at the WCWS Party at the Park on May 27. Shamblin was named to the Top 25 list earlier in the season, while junior Jessica Valis was named to the initial "Watch List" prior to the start of the 2008 season.
Angela Tincher of Virginia Tech and Megan Gibson of Texas A&M are among the finalists for the award. Both were Cougar opponents during the 2008 season. Against the Hokies, Shamblin allowed two hits and one run. Shamblin held the Aggies to two runs off five hits.