UA Places NCAA-Most Four on USA Softball POTY Watch List - Tucson News Now

UA Places NCAA-Most Four on USA Softball POTY Watch List

 TUCSON, Ariz. – Thirty one teams are represented on the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List, none more than the Arizona softball team, which has four representatives on the list. Kellie Fox, Chelsea Goodacre, Katiyana Mauga and Hallie Wilson have been named to the 50-player watch list, USA/ASA Softball announced on Wednesday.

Wilson has been on the watch list all three years she has been eligible, while Fox made an appearance on the list as a sophomore while playing at UCLA. Goodacre and Mauga are receiving the honor for the first time. Freshman are ineligible for the watch list, but can be added mid-season.

The Pac-12 has 13 players on the list, tied with the SEC for the most of any conference. Fox, Goodacre and Wilson are three of 26 seniors on the list while Mauga is one of just six sophomores.

Fox, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, was third on the team with a .389 average and collected 15 doubles and 15 home runs. The San Diego native slugged .754 and got on base at a .493 clip. Fox was tied for second on the team with 62 RBI in 2014.

Goodacre was fourth in the country with 22 home runs in 2014; her 22 homers and 72 RBI both led the Pac-12. The senior was named first-team all-Pac-12 and second-team NFCA all-west region. The 60-game starter hit .329 last season and slugged .782, third-best in the Pac-12.

Mauga, the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, led the conference and finished sixth in the country with a .877 slugging percentage. Hit 20 home runs, second most in the Pac-12 and sixth most in the country, one homer shy of tying Arizona's freshman home run record.

In 2014, Wilson hit .414 with 17 home runs, 10 doubles and three triples, helping her to a .799 slugging percentage in 60 starts at first base. The senior led the team with a .535 on-base percentage, helped in part by her 44 walks drawn, tied for seventh most in a season in Arizona history. Wilson drove in 62 runs, tied for second on the team, while appearing in all 60 games as the leadoff hitter. The Santa Ana, Calif., native scored 73 runs, second most in the country.

The Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. 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 announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.

For a complete list of the 50 players on the watch list, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner/2015-College-Corner/Player-of-Year/Top-50-Watchlist

Arizona opens the season next week when it welcomes Oklahoma State for a three-game series. The two teams open the campaign on Friday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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