Top 3 Finalists for 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
CITY - The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball
announced today the Top 3 Finalists for the 12th Annual USA Softball National
Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most
prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to
recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball
players across the country. Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks,
Calif.) and Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Keilani
Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) are the three remaining athletes in the running.
Ricketts is also the defending USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
having won the award as a junior in 2012.
past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s
Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner from Texas Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s
Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington
pitcher/hitter Danielle Lawrie and 2011 winner Ashley Hansen from Stanford.
three-time first team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) infielder, Raven
Chavanne saved her best season for her senior year. The Lady Vol currently
ranks fourth nationally with a .470 batting average, third with 87 hits and has
successfully stolen base 39 times on 40 attempts this year. The four-year
started has hit .420 or better in each of her four seasons at Tennessee.
Chavanne is fourth in the country this year with 68 runs scored. No. 5
Tennessee will face conference foe No. T10 Alabama in this week’s Super
Regional’s for a spot in the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), which
will be held in Oklahoma City May 30-June 5.
2013 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, Keilani Ricketts currently ranks
eighth in the country with a 1.21 ERA, 10th with 291 strikeouts and second with
15 shutouts. The lefthander holds a 29-1 record on the year and helped the
Sooners to their 10th Big 12 Conference Championship and fourth-consecutive regional
championship. Ricketts’ 1,546 career strikeouts currently rank 11th
nationally and second in conference history. From the plate, she holds a .362
batting average, .677 slugging percentage and has recorded 12 home runs.
Behind their senior leader, the Oklahoma Sooners held first place in all
14 regular season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Polls this year.
team, the Sooners currently rank third nationally in batting average and
seventh in home runs largely in part to their sophomore leadoff batter. Lauren
Chamberlain currently sits ninth nationally with a .459 batting average and
second with 27 home runs. Her .615 on-base percentage is third in the country
and 1.110 slugging percentage leads all other Division I batters. Despite hitting
leadoff, Chamberlain ranks third nationally with 77 RBI while still coming in
at second nationally with 76 runs scored. No. 1 Oklahoma will meet up with No.
20 Texas A&M this weekend in Norman, Okla. for Super Regional’s with the
winner advancing to the NCAA WCWS.
The winner of the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be
announced on May 28 at the athlete only banquet just prior to the start of the
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching
representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as
members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the
country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.