Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year announced
CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball
announced the Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of
the Year, which will be announced at the opening of the 2014 NCAA Women’s
College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City. This award, which is considered
the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is
designed to recognize the outstanding athletic achievement by female players
across the country.
its 13th year, previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate
Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher
Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der
Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher
Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010),
Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011), and Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts
(2012 and 2013).
Click here for the complete list of the Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.
year’s Top 25 is comprised of 12 seniors, 10 juniors and three sophomores. The
student-athletes selected represent 16 NCAA Division I universities and five
athletic conferences. Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan,
Minnesota, Oregon, South Alabama, Tennessee and Tulsa each have two players
represented and Arizona, Baylor, Oklahoma, South Florida, Texas, UCLA and
Western Illinois each have one member among the Top 25 Finalists.
prior to the start of post-season play, on May 7 the list will be narrowed to
the Top 10 Finalists. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21, while the
winner of the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be
revealed on May 27 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching
representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions, members
of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as
well as past winners of the award.
addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award,
ASA/USA Softball is now in its 11th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and
the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, which are announced Tuesdays
during the regular season. A complete history of the USA Softball
Collegiate Player of the Year Award, past Top 25 Polls and Player of the Week
honorees are available at Teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner.aspx.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic
competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two
women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive
gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine
World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as
claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA
Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.
About the NCAA Women’s College World Series
The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College
World Series (WCWS). For the 24th year, the top eight college teams
in the nation will head to Oklahoma City and complete for a National
Championship title. Last year, over 70,000 fans attended the WCWS. Experience
It Live May 29 to June 4 in Oklahoma City. Tickets for the 2014 NCAA WCWS are
on sale now, click here to
purchase your tickets and make a date with champions!