June 13, 2012
ASHLAND, Ohio - Following the three-day tryout camp in Ashland, Ohio, LMU's Sam Fischer has been named to the final roster for the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Wednesday. In January, 12 athletes were named to the National Team and this week, 20 additional players attended the USA Softball Women's National Team selection camp, competing for the final five spots on the roster.
The remaining athletes who were not selected to the Women's National Team will make up the 2012 USA Softball Women's Elite National Team and will face the National Team in a series of exhibition games over the course of the next six days in Summersville, W.Va. (June 14) and Ashland, Ohio (June 18).
The USA Women's National team will compete in six different events in the United States and Canada. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with two exhibition stops scheduled as well as the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada on June 23 and the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, June 27- July 2, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information on the Title IX Game and World Cup VII as well as the tour stops in Summersville, W. Va., and Ashland, Ohio, click here.
Following the World Cup, the Women's National Team is slated to compete July 4-9 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Fischer has made 2012 a year of firsts for the Lion softball program as she earned the first-ever All-America honor for the program, was the first player to earn an invitation to try out for the National Team and is now the first player to don both LMU crimson and navy and USA red and blue.
"Camp went well," Fischer said. "We did defensive drills and batting practice the first day. Then the next two days we played games. I faced eight different pitchers and went 4-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and a two-RBI single. In the field I played short and was involved in a lot of plays.
"When Coach (Ken) Eriksen called us each in individually, I was so nervous because I knew I had done pretty well at the camp but had no idea what was going to happen," Fischer said of being told she had made the team. "He started talking to me about travel ball and school and kind of beat around the bush for a minute until he finally said, `Well Sam, you're a member of the United States National Softball Team.' I have never been so exited in my life. It is something I've been working towards since I was a kid and to be lucky enough to live out this dream - I feel like I'm on top of the world."
The Simi Valley, Calif., native finished the year leading all NCAA Division I players with her .492 batting average. She finished the 2012 season also leading the nation in on-base percentage (.665) while also ranking second in both walks per game (1.15) and slugging percentage (1.156), third in runs per game (1.21) and fourth in home runs (23).
Along with her .492 average, Fischer also totaled 23 home runs and 59 RBIs - setting new Pacific Coast Softball Conference and LMU single-season marks for batting average and home runs and tying the single-season RBI record. She earned her second PCSC Coastal Division Player of the Year honor and was one the lone unanimous selection to the 2012 All-PCSC Coastal Division first team - her fourth consecutive first team honor. She was also most recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region second team - the first such honor in her four-year career.
Fischer finished her career setting nine PCSC and LMU career records, sitting atop the career charts for batting average (.387); home runs (65); doubles (51); RBI (172); runs scored (184); total bases (494); slugging percentage (.784); on-base average (.494); and walks (127). She also finished third on the PCSC and LMU career hit lists with 244.
The five additional athletes selected to represent Team USA are:
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Michigan, SR)
Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif./LMU, SR)
Christi Orgeron (New Orleans, La./Louisiana Lafayette, SR)
Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif./Oklahoma, JR)
Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla./Alabama, JR)
The 12 athletes who were named to the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team in January are: Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal, SR), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennesse, JR), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida, SR), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma, JR), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri, JR).