Softball's Rachel Folden Named As A Second-Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American





May 31, 2007

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Marshall junior slugger Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif.) was selected to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American Second team in an announcement made by the NFCA on Wednesday. The appearance by Folden, the 2006 C-USA Player of the Year and a 2007 First Team All-Conference USA selection, on the second team in 2007 is the second consecutive year the junior has been named as a second team All-American.

"To be named All-American each of her three seasons and 2nd team for back to back seasons is an amazing accomplishment," said Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton. "This recognizes Rachel as one of the top catchers in the nation and she is well deserving."

Folden is the only Marshall softball player ever to be named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American team. Folden is also the only Conference USA player to be named to any of the three All-American teams in 2007.

Folden finished her junior season as the Conference USA leader with a .408 batting average - the highest single-season average of her decorated career. She also finished as the league leader in slugging percentage (.758), on-base percentage (.560), runs scored (47) and walks (51).

She also finished second in home runs (14), fourth in RBI (47) and eighth in stolen bases (12).

"To put up the numbers Rachel posted this season is incredible, considering the number of times teams that passed her by with walks and the fact that she is an opponent's focus on scouting reports," said Stanton.

Folden led the team in eight different offensive categories. She finished second on the team with 64 hits, while striking out a team-low nine times in 157 at bats. She later became the first player in school history to record 100-plus total bases in three consecutive seasons.

During the season, Folden became the school's all-time leader in home runs (41) and RBI (163). She also tied Jessica Williams for fifth on the school's all-time hits list with her 201st base hit of her career. She trails school record-holder Amanda Williams (265) by 64 hits.

"We are excited about her senior season and the opportunity for her to face some of the best pitchers with teams that are currently in the 2007 Women's College World Series like Arizona and Arizona State on our schedule next year," said Stanton. "This will give Rachel the chance to chase being named First Team, something that she will be working on all summer to help her acheive not only her individual goals but also her goals of taking our team to the post-season."

Softball's Rachel Folden Named As A Second-Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American Junior slugger from Baldwin Park, Calif., tabbed as a second-team selection for second straight year.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Marshall junior slugger Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif.) was selected to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American Second team in an announcement made by the NFCA on Wednesday. The appearance by Folden, the 2006 C-USA Player of the Year and a 2007 First Team All-Conference USA selection, on the second team in 2007 is the second consecutive year the junior has been named as a second team All-American.

"To be named All-American each of her three seasons and 2nd team for back to back seasons is an amazing accomplishment," said Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton. "This recognizes Rachel as one of the top catchers in the nation and she is well deserving."

Folden is the only Marshall softball player ever to be named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American team. Folden is also the only Conference USA player to be named to any of the three All-American teams in 2007.

Folden finished her junior season as the Conference USA leader with a .408 batting average - the highest single-season average of her decorated career. She also finished as the league leader in slugging percentage (.758), on-base percentage (.560), runs scored (47) and walks (51).

She also finished second in home runs (14), fourth in RBI (47) and eighth in stolen bases (12).

"To put up the numbers Rachel posted this season is incredible, considering the number of times teams that passed her by with walks and the fact that she is an opponent's focus on scouting reports," said Stanton.

Folden led the team in eight different offensive categories. She finished second on the team with 64 hits, while striking out a team-low nine times in 157 at bats. She later became the first player in school history to record 100-plus total bases in three consecutive seasons.

During the season, Folden became the school's all-time leader in home runs (41) and RBI (163). She also tied Jessica Williams for fifth on the school's all-time hits list with her 201st base hit of her career. She trails school record-holder Amanda Williams (265) by 64 hits.

"We are excited about her senior season and the opportunity for her to face some of the best pitchers with teams that are currently in the 2007 Women's College World Series like Arizona and Arizona State on our schedule next year," said Stanton. "This will give Rachel the chance to chase being named First Team, something that she will be working on all summer to help her acheive not only her individual goals but also her goals of taking our team to the post-season."

First Team
Pos.  		Name
P 		Monica Abbott,University of Tennessee
P 		Katie Burkhart,Arizona State University
P 		Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech
C 		Killian Roessner, Louisiana State University
1B 		Dena Tyson, University of Washington
2B 		Lauren Parker, University of Alabama
3B 		Norrelle Dickson, University of Oklahoma
SS 		Jennifer Salling, University of Oregon
OF 		India Chiles, University of Tennessee
OF 		Kaitlin Cochran, Arizona State University
OF 		Caitlin Lowe, University of Arizona
UT/P 		Danielle Lawrie, University of Washington
UT/Non-P 	Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State University
At-Large/UT 	Megan Gibson, Texas A&M University
At-Large/OF 	Caitlin Lever, Georgia Institute of Technology
At-Large/OF 	Lisa Modglin, California Polytechnic State University
At-Large/P 	Amanda Scarborough, Texas A&M University
At-Large/SS 	Tammy Williams, Northwestern University

Second Team Pos. Name P Eileen Canney, Northwestern University P Taryne Mowatt, University of Arizona P Stacey Nelson, University of Florida C Rachel Folden, Marshall University 1B Tonya Callahan, University of Tennessee 2B Lisa Dodd, University of California, Los Angeles 3B Kara Nelson, Illinois State University SS Amber Jackson, University of Maryland OF Krista Colburn, University of California, Los Angeles OF Danielle Kinley, Pennsylvania State University OF Brittany Rogers, University of Alabama UT/P Kate Robinson, University of Hawaii UT/Non-P Susan Ogden, University of Oklahoma At-Large/P Tracie Adix, DePaul University At-Large/SS Ashley Charters, University of Washington At-Large/1B Samantha Ricketts, University of Oklahoma At-Large/OF Lindsay Schutzler, University of Tennessee At-Large/3B Clare Warwick, University of Hawaii

Third Team Pos. Name P Lauren Eckermann, University of Oklahoma P Robin Mackin, Fresno State University P Chrissy Owens, University of Alabama C Courtney Totte, Oklahoma State University 1B Garland Cooper, Northwestern University 2B Veronica Wootson, Florida State University 3B Brette Reagan, Baylor University SS Aileen Morales, Georgia Institute of Technology OF Gina Carbonatto, University of the Pacific OF Angela Findlay, University of Michigan OF Leslie Klein, Louisiana State University UT/P Abbie Sims, North Carolina State University UT/Non-P Tyleen Tausaga, University of Hawaii At-Large/1B Jennifer Curtier, University of the Pacific At-Large/OF Alissa Haber, Stanford University At-Large/UT Becca Heteniak, DePaul University At-Large/1B Ashley Monceaux, Baylor University At-Large/2B Kim Waleszonia, University of Florida