Henderson and Moore named top 10 finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- CALIFORNIA senior Jolene Henderson and OREGON senior Jessica Moore are among the top 10 finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Wednesday.
The award is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball. The top three finalists will be announced May 22, while the winner of the 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year will be announced at the opening of the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City.
Henderson, a native of Elk Grove, Calif., was named one of the team captains for the Golden Bears for 2013, the first time captains were named in team history. She has gone 27-8 from the circle striking out 236 batters this season already and boasts a 1.18 ERA. At the plate she has hit eight home runs and recorded 25 RBI in 35 games played.
Moore who hails from Sutter, Calif., has staked eight wins over top-20 teams this year and has totaled 24 wins on the year. She holds the school career record for wins (97), strikeouts (875, innings (862) and appearances (168). She has struck out 157 batters from the circle. At the plate, Moore has had 25 at-bats on the season, has six RBI and boasts a .560 slugging percentage.
This year's finalists are comprised of seven seniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The student-athletes selected represent seven NCAA Division I universities and five athletic conferences. Oklahoma leads the way among universities with three athlete representatives.
Now in its 12th 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 shortstop Ashley Hansen winning the award most recently in 2011. Other Conference recipients are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002) and Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009, 2010).
2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalists
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
Michelle Gascoigne, Oklahoma
Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
Jolene Henderson, California
Emilee Koerner, Notre Dame
Blaire Luna, Texas
Jessica Moore, Oregon
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
Sierra Romero, Michigan