Aug. 3, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Pitcher Dana Alcocer, who is slated to join the Purdue softball team this fall, has one more duty left to fulfill as a former junior college athlete. She is one of 15 current and former junior college softball standouts slated to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, for the 2007 World University Games, August 11-17.
Alcocer, who was a two-time first team All-Region selection and a second team NJCAA All-America selection while at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., will compete as part of the Team USA/NJCAA squad. The national tournament MVP from Pima's 2006 national championship team was selected by a panel of NJCAA coaches to the World University Games roster.
In 2006, Alcocer helped Pima to a 61-10 overall record, while compiling a 1.93 ERA to go with 120 strikeouts in 149 innings. In 2007, she posted a 1.14 ERA with 213 strikeouts in 178 innings as Pima went 53-13 and recorded a third-place finish in the Region I tournament. All told, the junior-to-be racked up 333 strikeouts in 327 innings, while posting a 1.50 ERA while in the NJCAA ranks.
The Team USA/NJCAA squad will compete in Group B with Japan, Australia, Korea and the Czech Republic in the pool portion of the University Games. Group A is composed of Thailand, Chinese Taipei, South Africa, Canada and Italy. The top four teams from each pool advance to a bracketed tournament, which will be played over the final three days of the games. All games will be played at either the softball stadium at Srinakharinwirot University or the softball field at Thammasat University.
Players from Arizona, Tennessee, Florida and Idaho make up the Team USA/NJCAA squad.
Hosted by International University Sports (Universiade), the World University Games take place in the summer and winter every two years. The 2007 Games will be the 24th installment of the vent and will feature participants from more than 200 countries competing in 20 different sporting events.