Four Pac-12 players among top 25 finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Four Pac-12 players are named among the Top 25 Finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced Wednesday. ARIZONA STATE sophomore Amber Freeman, CALIFORNIA senior Jolene Henderson, OREGON senior Jessica Moore and WASHINGTON junior Kaitlin Inglesby have each been named a Top 25 finalist.

The award is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball. Prior to the start of post-season play, on May 8 the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists. The Top 3 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.

This year's Top 25 is comprised of 11 seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores and two freshman. The student-athletes selected represent 17 NCAA Division I universities and five athletic conferences.

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).

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

2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists (Pac-12 Players Only)
Name School Year Position
Amber Freeman Arizona State Sophomore Catcher
Jolene Henderson California Senior Pitcher/First Base
Kaitlin Inglesby Washington Junior Pitcher/First Base
Jessica Moore Oregon Senior Pitcher



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