1-29-2014 USA Softball Top 50 Watch List

January 29 2014


Top 50 “Watch List” for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year unveiled

OKLAHOMA CITY — Fifty student-athletes from across the country have been selected for the “Watch List” for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. Now in its 13th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, given by the National Governing Body for softball in the United States, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the most prestigious individual honor in NCAA Division I Softball, 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’s Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013).

The pre-season “Watch List” includes 24 seniors, 20 juniors and six sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. (Freshman can be considered for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award once they have competed at the collegiate level.) Athletes named to the “Watch List” represent 36 NCAA Division I universities and 12 athletic conferences. Alabama, Arizona State and Oregon lead the way among universities with three athlete representatives each, and the Southeastern (SEC) Conference has the most member schools represented with seven.

The Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.

In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, ASA/USA Softball is now in its 12th 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. The pre-season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll was released Jan. 28 with Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan and Washington taking the Top 5 spots respectively.

school First Name Last Name Position Year Hometown
LSU AJ Andrews Outfield Junior Oldsmar, Fla.
Longwood Megan Baltzell Catcher/1B Junior Stafford, Va.
Tulsa Jill Barrett Infield Senior Greenwood, Ark.
Iowa Megan Blank Infield Junior Culver City, Calif.
Stanford Kayla Bonstrom Utility Sophomoe Tucson, Ariz.
South Alabama Hannah Campbell Pitcher Senior Satsuma, Ala.
Baylor Whitney Canion Pitcher Senior Aledo, Texas
UCLA Ally Carda Utility/Pitchr Junior Elk Grove, Calif.
Oklahoma Lauren Chamberlan Infield Junior Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Arizona State Cheyenne Coyle Shortstop Senior West Hills, Calif.
Michigan Sara Driesenga Pitcher Junior Hudsonville, Mich.
Nebraska Tatum Edwards Pitcher Senior Murrieta, Calif.
Arizona State Dallas Escobedo Pitcher Senior
Arizona State Amber Freeman Catcher Junior Lakewood, Calif.
Idaho State Vicky Galasso Catcher/IF Junior Huntington Beach, Calif.
Ball State Jennifer Gilbert Pitcher/OF Senior McKinney, Texas
Georgia Geri Ann Glasco Pitcher/1B Sophomoe Watkinsville, Ga.
Florida Lauren Haeger Pitcher/ 1B Junior Peoria, Ariz.
Oregon Cheridan Hawkins Pitcher Sophomoe Anderson, Calif.
Washington Victoria Hayward Outfield Senior Mountain View, Calif.
Alabama Kaila Hunt Infield Senior Evans, Ga.
Washington Kaitlin Inglesby Pitcher Senior Portland, Ore.
Louisville Katie Keller 2nd Base Senior Livermore, Calif.
Notre Dame Emilee Koerner Outfield Junior Tustin, Calif.
Texas A&M Cali Lanphear Catcher/OF Sophomoe Montgomery, Texas
UCLA Stephany LaRosa Utility Junior Diamond Bar, Calif.
Wisconsin Mary Massei Outfield Senior Chino Hills, Calif.
Alabama Haylie McCleney Outfield Sophomoe Morris, Ala.
San Diego State Hayley Miles Utility Junior Antelope, Calif.
South Florida Sara Nevins Pitcher Senior Pinellas Park, Fla.
Houston Haley Outon Catcher Senior Pflugerville, Texas
Temple Stephanie Pasquale Catcher/1b Senior Pompton Lakes, N.J.
Oklahoma Shelby Pendley Infield Junior Rio Rancho, N.M.
Oregon Alexa Peterson Catcher Senior Salem, Ore.
Tennessee Ellen Renfroe Pitcher Senior Jackson, Tenn.
Minnesota Kaitlyn Richardson Utility Junior Phoenix, Ariz.
Florida Hannah Rogers Pitcher Senior Lake Wales, Fla.
Michigan Sierra Romero Shortstop Sophomoe Murrieta, Calif.
Tennessee Madison Shipman Infield Senior Valencia, Calif.
Oregon Janie Takeda Outfield Junior Placentia, Calif.
Texas Taylor Thom Shortstop Senior Cedar Park, Texas
Georgia Tech Ashley Thomas Shortstop Senior McKinney, Texas
Alabama Jackie Traina Pitcher/Utiliy Senior Na
Purdue Andie Varsho Outfield Senior Chili, Wis.
Florida State Lacey Waldrop Pitcher Junior Chester, Va.
Arkansas Devon Wallace Utility Junior Double Oak, Texas
ULL Jordan Wallace Pitcher Junior Weatherford, Texas
Arizona Hallie Wilson Utility Junior Santa Ana, Calif.
Georgia Paige Wilson Infield Junior Chicago, Ill.
Notre Dame Laura Winter Pitcher/IF Senior San Diego, Calif.



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