Etiwanda graduate earns national recognition on the diamond

University of North Carolina senior Danielle Spaulding was named a finalist for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA). This is the second consecutive year the pitcher/first baseman has been named to the top-25 list.

The Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate players across the country.

Spaulding, a two-time All-America and ACC Player of the Year, currently leads Carolina’s pitchers with a 0.87 ERA, 184 strike outs and .101 opponent’s batting average. She also is in the top five in five different Atlantic Coast Conference pitching statistics.

During this season Spaulding, a graduate of Etiwanda High School, has pitched five no hitters and is the leader of all current NCAA pitchers in strikeouts per seven innings with a 11.8 rate. Spaulding, a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. product, also leads all Tar Heel batters with a .351 batting average this season.

The Top-25 list represents 20 schools and seven different NCAA Div. I Conferences. The list is comprised of 10 seniors, seven juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen. Four ACC players were named to the list and the Pac-10 leads all conferences with eight selections.