MALIBU, Calif. – Wichita State volunteer assistant softball coach Clarisa Navarro was one of 20 athletes named to the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, USA Baseball announced. This is the third time Navarro has been named to the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, as she was previously in 2010 just before her senior year at La Joya High School in La Joya, Texas and in 2012 before her first season at the University of Arkansas as a sophomore.
The 20 athletes were selected to the roster from a group of 39 players that competed in the Women's National Team Trials from August 18-21 at Pepperdine University. Trials consisted of intrasquad Red vs. Blue games and skill development sessions from which coaches evaluated players and picked the final team.
"After a rigorous three days, I am very pleased with how our roster has shaped up. Our team has tremendous talent, work ethic and baseball IQ," Women's National Team Manager Jonathan Pollard said. "I look forward to our final stage of preparation leading into Japan and seeing this team take its talents to an even higher level."
The Women's National Team is led by Pollard, who also served as the pitching coach for the silver medal-winning Women's National Team in 2012. Joining Pollard are assistant coaches Mike Morgan and Dennis Keeley, along with pitching coach Matt Weagle and certified athletic trainer Kim Moncel. Women’s National Team Director, Ashley Bratcher, will manage the administration of the team.
Navarro played college softball at the University of Arkansas from 2012-2014 after spending her first collegiate year at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. As a Razorback, Navarro was one of the top hitters in program history. At the end of her career, she was second all-time in batting average (.336), slugging percentage (.518) and on-base percentage (.402) while she was fourth in career RBI (112). Navarro also ended her career tied for fifth all-time in stolen base percentage (.792).
As a senior in 2014, Navarro led the Razorbacks in batting average (.353) and in assists (105). She also was second in hits (55) and RBI (43), third in on-base percentage (.421) and fourth in runs scored (35), slugging percentage (.481) and total bases (75).
During her junior year, Navarro hit .320 while scoring 36 runs. She collected 56 hits including 11 doubles, five home runs, 39 RBI and 84 total bases. Navarro also had a slugging percentage of .480 with 18 walks, an on-base percentage of .392 and was safe on all nine of her stolen base attempts. She had 88 putouts and 76 assists with a .911 fielding percentage.
Navarro hit .337 in her first season as a Razorback while leading the team in hits (62), total bases (107), and doubles (11). She was also just one of two Razorbacks to hit in double-digits for home runs (10) and to start all 57 games. Navarro had the second highest on-base percentage (.396) on the team and earned NFCA Second Team All-Region honors.
Navarro played in eight games for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team during the summer of 2012, helping the team to an 8-3 record and the silver medal. She hit .500 while scoring eight runs, a triple, four RBI, three walks, and had an on-base percentage of .667.
Navarro hit .421 during her freshman year at Butler Community College. She led the Grizzlies in hits (77) and doubles (22) in route to a 45-10 team record, a Jayhawk Conference and Region VI championship and a berth in the NJCAA Division I World Series.
Navarro finished the season tied for the team lead with 25 stolen bases out of 26 attempts, was second on the team with 57 RBI and third with 11 home runs.
During the summer of 2010 with the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, Navarro led the team in runs scored (18) and was second in stolen bases (7) and hits (18), leading the team to the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup bronze medal. She was also tied for second in doubles (3) and RBI (12) while she had a slugging percentage of .500. Navarro had an on-base percentage of .490, and her batting average of .429 was the fourth highest on the team.
As a senior at La Joya in 2010, Navarro was a Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State honorable mention, the most valuable player in her district, and was named the 2010 Valley Freedom Newspapers most valuable player. She hit .647 with nine home runs and 25 doubles, 43 RBI and stole 20 bases.
La Joya advanced to the Class 5A State Championship playoffs regional quarterfinal during Navarro’s junior season. As a sophomore in 2008, Navarro helped La Joya to the Class 5A state championship playoffs regional semifinal and was named the district’s newcomer of the year in her district. Navarro played baseball as a freshman where she helped her team to a district title and a bi-district championship.
Navarro earned her degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas in May of 2014.
The 2014 20-woman USA Baseball Women's National Team roster is as follows:
Name, Position, Hometown:
Jessica Alfonso, IF, Miami, Fla.
Samantha Cobb, IF/OF, Garland, Texas
Kendall Dawson, C, Plant City, Fla.
Jade Gortarez, RHP/IF, Riverside, Calif.
Tara Harbert, OF, Boulder, Colo.
Tamara Holmes, OF, Albany, Calif.
Sarah Hudek, LHP/OF, Sugar Land, Texas
Anna Kimbrell, RHP/C, Fort Mills, S.C.
Alexa Maldonado, OF, Short Hills, N.J.
Jenna Marston, RHP/IF, St. Louis, Mo.
Clarisa Navarro, RHP/IF, La Joya, Texas
Stephanie Nicholson, IF, Tucson, Ariz.
Bessie Noll, RHP/OF, Minneapolis, Minn.
Stacy Piagno, RHP, St. Augustine, Fla.
Marti Sementelli, RHP, Sherman Oak, Calif.
Michelle Snyder, IF, Wenatchee, Wash.
Malaika Underwood, IF, San Diego, Calif.
Kelsie Whitmore, RHP/OF, Temecula, Calif.
Donna Williams, RHP, Fremont, Calif.
Nichole Willis, C, Clovis, Calif.
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