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Three Bruins Named to USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List

Jan 26, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Three members of the UCLA softball team were named to the 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List, the organization announced Wednesday.
 
Redshirt senior outfielder Aaliyah Jordan, redshirt junior pitcher/first baseman Megan Faraimo and infielder Briana Perez are among the 50 student-athletes on the preseason watch list.
 
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award – recognized as the most distinguished individual honor in NCAA Division I Softball – has been previously awarded to UCLA's Stacey Nuveman in 2002 and Rachel Garcia twice in 2018 and 2019. UCLA softball is the only program to receive the honor three times.
 
This year, Oklahoma leads the way with four athletes represented while UCLA is tied with Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State with three athletes apiece.
 
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 20. While an athlete does not have to be on the "Watch List" to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be revealed May 4 with the Top 3 being released May 18. The 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced prior to the NCAA Women's College World Series.
 
Faraimo and Rachel Garcia (2017-21) were finalists for 2021 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year a season ago.
 
Faraimo, who was an NFCA First Team All-American and Pac-12 First Team selection in 2021, led the Bruins with 19 wins, including eight shutouts and 23 complete games. Faraimo sent down a career-best 184 batters down on strikes in 133.1 innings pitched and recorded a conference-best 1.10 earned run average.
 
Jordan, who was also an NFCA and Pac-12 first teamer in 2021, hit for a .317 batting average and .456 on base percentage with 45 hits, 33 runs batted in and 36 runs. Jordan blasted eight home runs and notched nine doubles in her 51 games played (50 starts).
 
Perez, a three-time Pac-12 Defensive Team member, was selected to the NFCA All-American Third Team and All-Pac-12 First Team in 2021. Perez led the Bruins with 60 hits, 119 total bases, a .353 batting average, 52 runs, five triples and was second on the squad with 41 runs batted in and a .700 slugging percentage. Perez also left the yard a career-high 13 times. With the mitt, Perez led UCLA with 96 assists, and on the base paths, she swiped 13 stolen bases.