Seven Among Player of the Year Finalists
OKLAHOMA CITY - Seven Pac-12 players are among the top 25 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Wednesday. The award, which will be announced at the opening of the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball. CALIFORNIA leads the Conference with three players represented, while WASHINGTON has two. ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD each have one finalist.
Now in its 11th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is designed to recognize the athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Pac-12 athletes have received the honor four times, with Stanford senior shortstop Ashley Hansen winning the award last year. Other Conference recipients are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002) and Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009, 2010).
A list of 10 finalists will be announced on May 9. The three finalists will be announced May 23, while the winner of the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 29 prior to the start of the WCWS.
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.
2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists (Pac-12 Players Only)
Valerie Arioto, California, Sr., UTIL
Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State, Sr., SS
Ashley Hansen, Stanford, Sr., INF
Jolene Henderson, California, Jr., P
Kaitlin Inglesby, Washington, So., P/1B
Kimi Pohlman, Washington, Sr., OF
Jamia Reid, California, Sr., OF