Thursday April 12, 2012Michelle Moultrie & Hannah Rogers Named Top-25 Finalists for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Florida senior centerfielder Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.), both 2011 All-Americans and All-SEC selections, have been recognized as two of 25 NCAA softball players in contention for USA Softballs 2012 Collegiate Player of the Year.
Initially named to the Top 50 Watch List in February, the two Gators were selected Wednesday as the list was cut in half to 25 finalists. A list of 10 finalists will be announced on May 9, prior to the start of postseason play. The top three finalists will be announced May 23, while the winner of this years Player of the Year Award will be revealed on May 29, prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
Both Gators have been instrumental in No. 3/4 Floridas success through the first portion of the season, leading UF to a 35-5 overall record and a 15-2 league record to place the Gators atop the SEC standings heading into this weekends play.
Rogers and Moultrie have each worked their way to the top of the NCAA standings in their respective specialties. Individually, Rogers holds a top-five spot in the NCAA in two categories: second in ERA (0.86) and fifth in victories (20), while ranking 11th in shutouts (8) and 12th in saves (3). Moultrie ranks fifth in the country with 1.26 runs per game and her four triples on the year place her 11th of all NCAA student-athletes.
Just last week, Moultrie received another accolade as one of 10 finalists for this years Lowes Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting for the award is open through May 14 and Gator fans are encouraged to vote once each day. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I softball head coaches votes to determine the winner.
In addition to Moultrie and Rogers, Florida junior catcher Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was named to the Top 50 Watch List for the second-consecutive season. Last year, Gator seniors Stephanie Brombacher and Megan Bush were Top 25 finalists for the award, while current Stanford senior Ashley Hansen was named the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year prior to the start of the Womens College World Series in June.
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.
2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists
Name (School) Year Position Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) Senior Utility Pleasanton, Calif.
Lexy Bennett (Texas) Senior Infield Kingwood, Texas
Katelyn Boyd (Arizona State) Senior Shortstop Phoenix, Ariz.
Kayla Braud (Alabama) Junior Outfield Eugene, Ore.
Lauren Chamberlain (Oklahoma) Freshman Infield Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) Junior Third base/Outfield Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Rachele Fico (LSU) Junior Pitcher Oxford, Conn.
Ashley Hansen (Stanford) Senior Infield Chandler, Ariz.
Jolene Henderson (California) Junior Pitcher/First base Elk Grove, Calif.
Kaitlin Inglesby (Washington) Sophomore Pitcher/First Base Portland, Ore.
Ashley McClain (FIU) Senior Outfield/Pitcher Brandon, Fla.
Michelle Moultrie (Florida) Senior Center field Jacksonville, Fla.
Sara Nevins (South Florida) Sophomore Pitcher Pinellas Park, Fla.
Christi Orgeron (ULL) Senior Outfield New Orleans, La.
Sara Plourde (UMass) Senior Pitcher Bristol, Conn.
Kimi Pohlman (Washington) Senior Outfield Sammamish, Wash.
Jamia Reid (California) Senior Outfield Buena Park, Calif.
Ellen Renfroe (Tennessee) Sophomore Pitcher Jackson, Tenn.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) Junior Pitcher San Jose, Calif.
Hannah Rogers (Florida) Sophomore Pitcher Lake Wales, Fla.
Jordan Rutkowski (Valparaiso) Senior Catcher/Outfield Alden, N.Y.
Jessica Shults (Oklahoma) Junior Catcher Valencia, Calif.
Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) Redshirt Junior Pitcher Pleasantville, Iowa
Jackie Traina (Alabama) Sophomore Pitcher/Designated player Naples, Fla.
Delaney Willard (BYU) Senior Outfield Camarillo, Calif.