Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:45 PM
Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:55 PM
University of Louisville softball catcher Melissa Roth was selected to represent the USA Softball Women's National team in the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug. 9. She becomes the first U of L player to be selected for the honor. The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced Monday, June 15, the three teams that will represent USA Softball Women's National team program during the 2009 summer season. The three teams were selected after a selection camp last week in Chula Vista, and the rosters will represent a new era of USA Softball as there are only eight returning players from the 2008 Olympic team. Roth was selected to the 2009 USA Softball Pan American Qualifier Team which will represent the USA at the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug.9. The other teams selected will represent the USA in the Canada Cup and the KFC World Cup; and the Japan Cup. As a junior, Roth (Long Beach, sCalif.) led the Cardinals in virtually every offensive category this season including team-high numbers in batting average (.444), home runs (16), RBI (53), runs scored (64), slugging percentage (.870) and on-base percentage (.566). The 2009 BIG EAST Player of the Year was an All-Great Lakes Region team member and was also a four-time league Player of the Week this season. Roth recently became the first Louisville player to be invited to the USA Softball National Team Selection Camp. The roster for the 2009 USA Softball Pan American Qualifier Team is as follows: Monica Abbott - Salinas, Calif. K'Lee Arredondo - Tempe, Az. Brandice Balschmiter - Newark, N.Y. Chelsea Bramlett - Cordova, Tenn. Kaitlin Cochran - Yorba Linda, Calif. Andrea Duran - Selma, Calif. Vicky Galindo - Union City, Calif. Ashley Hansen - Chandler, Az. Ashley Holcombe - Fayetteville, Ga. Megan Langenfeld - Bakersfield, Calif. Caitlin Lowe - Tustin, Calif. Nikki Nemitz - St. Clair Shores, Mich. Melissa Roth - Long Beach, Calif. Katie Schroeder - Yorba Linda, Calif. Angela Tincher - Eagle Rock, Va. Maggie Viefhaus - Pacific, Mo. Tammy Williams - Roscoe, Mo.