Mulipola Named Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona senior catcher Dejah Mulipola has been named one of 25 finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, announced on Friday morning by USA Softball. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball.
Mulipola is hitting .398, third highest batting average in the conference, and leads the Wildcats in both home runs (13) and RBI (41). The senior catcher leads the Pac-12 in on-base percentage (.546) and and is second in slugging percentage (.909); her 13 homers and 41 RBI are tied for second in the league.
The senior catcher has reached base in 33 of Arizona's 35 games this season, including a 30-game reached-base streak that is tied for the longest in recorded history for the Wildcats.
Defensively, Mulipola has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and has allowed just six stolen bases this season.
This is the first time Mulipola is a finalist for the award; she has been on the preseason USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List each of her last three eligible seasons. She is trying to become Arizona's first winner of the award, which was first given in 2002.
The list of 25 will be cut to 10 finalists on May 5 and then three on May 19. The award will be given out at the Women's College World Series.
Mulipola and the Wildcats are back in action this weekend when they host Utah for a four-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium (April 23-25).