Monica Hoffman Named Finalist For National Softball Player Of The Year

April 9, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oregon State senior pitcher Monica Hoffman has been named one of 25 candidates for the 3rd annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Hoffman, from Vancouver, WA, currently ranks second in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 0.81 ERA and has 17 victories on the season - including four wins against teams ranked in the Top 10. Her current total of 179 strikeouts in 147.2 innings pitched ranks ninth in the Oregon State single season record book.

The candidate list will be reduced to 10 players on April 28, with three finalists being named on May 11. The winner of the 2004 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced at the 2004 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The winner will also be recognized during the ASA National Council Meeting in Mobile, AL, in November.

A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player's academic institution.

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