Fox and Goodacre Named Finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year
By Damien Alameda| April 8, 2015 at 7:49 PM MST - Updated August 28 at 12:26 PM
Arizona softball seniors Kellie Fox and Chelsea Goodacre have been named two of 26 finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year, USA/ASA Softball announced on Wednesday.
Arizona, along with Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA, leads the NCAA with two representatives on the list.
Fox, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, leads the team with a .415 batting average, a figure that ranks 10th in the Pac-12. The senior has started all 40 games this season at shortstop for Cats, helping lead Arizona to a 31-9 record and No. 16 national ranking. Fox has eight doubles, a career-high three triples and eight home runs to go along with 45 RBI on the season. Fox leads the team with 28 walks drawn, helping her to a .516 on-base percentage.
Goodacre leads the country with 62 RBI on the year, while ranking seventh in the country, and second in the Pac-12, with 16 home runs. Goodacre is hitting .347 in 40 starts behind home plate this season. The senior is hitting .500 in nine conference games thus far. Goodacre is second on the club with a .797 slugging percentage. The catcher is fifth in Arizona history with 63 career home runs and 10th with 216 career RBI.
Fox and Goodacre were on the preseason “Watch List” for the award along with Hallie Wilson and Katiyana Mauga, giving the Wildcats an NCAA-best four players on the list.
Now in its 14th year, previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011), Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013) and Florida State pitcher Lacey Waldrop (2014).
This year's Top 26 is comprised of 12 seniors, 11 juniors and two sophomores and one freshman. The student-athletes selected represent 19 NCAA Division I universities and nine athletic conferences. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA each have two players represented and Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, James Madison, Louisiana-Lafayette, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCF and Western Kentucky each have one member among the Top 25 Finalists.
Just prior to the start of post-season play, on May 6 the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 20, while the winner of the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 26 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country as well as past winners of the award.
In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, ASA/USA Softball is now in its 12th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, which are announced Tuesdays during the regular season. A complete history of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, past Top 25 Polls and Player of the Week honorees are available at Teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner.aspx.
Arizona returns to action this weekend when the Cats host No. 18 Washington for a key conference series at Hillenbrand Stadium. The series gets under way at 6 p.m.on Friday.
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