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Meoño One of 15 in Running for NFCA Freshman of the Year

May 13, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona softball freshman outfielder Janelle Meoño has been named one of 15 student-athletes remaining in the running for 2021 NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year, the Association announced on Thursday.

Meoño, who is hitting .460 on the season, is the Pac-12 batting average leader, leading the conference in hitting by over 30 points. She is trying to become the first Arizona freshman to hit .400 since current associate head coach Caitlin Lowe hit .437 in 2004; she is trying to become the first ever Wildcat freshman and first Pac-12 freshman to hit .450 in a season since UCLA's Stacey Nuveman in 1997.

The Hacienda Heights, California, native has at least one hit in 39 of her last 41 games at th plate. She recently saw her hitting streak end at 27 games, the second longest in Arizona history and the fourth longest by a freshman in NCAA history.

Meoño is trying to become Arizona's first recipient of the award, which was first issued in 2014. On May 27, the three finalists will be released. The 2021 NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented on June 1.

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