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Friday, January 30, 2015

USA Softball Names Top 50 PotY "Watch List"

USA Softball on Wednesday announced the members of the annual Top 50 "watch list". Issued before the start of every collegiate season, the list includes many of the biggest names in college softball, many of whom will likely vie for the Player of the Year trophy at season's end.

The 2015 watch-list includes thirteen players a piece from the PAC-12 and SEC. The Big Ten placed seven players on the list, while the Big 12 and ACC contributed four each. The Sun Belt placed two players on the list, while the Missouri Valley; CAA; Northeast; Big South; Big West; Atlantic Sun conferences and the Summit League were all represented by a single player.

The Arizona Wildcats were represented most often on the list, with four players named in the top fifty; Chelsea Goodacre, Hallie Wilson, Kellie Fox, and Katiyana Mauga represent the Cats on the list.

As far as experience is concerned, the list is comprised of twenty-six seniors; eighteen juniors; and six sophomores. In addition to 2014 co-Freshmen of the Year Annie Aldrete & Kasey Cooper, fellow second-year players Karley Wester; Sara Groenewegen; Tori Finucane; and Katiyana Mauga made the list.

All three 2014 Player of the Year finalists, including eventual winner Lacey Waldrop, are on the list once again this year, as is 2013 top-three finalist Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma.

Notably absent from the list is ULL staff ace Christina Hamilton. Whether it be due to her injury concerns or other factors, after the season she had last year, her absence from the list is curious.

Find the full list of players on the watch list by clicking "Read more".


Alex Hugo
Georgia
Junior
Ally Carda
UCLA
Senior
Amber Freeman
Arizona State
Senior
Amy Letourneau
Northwestern
Junior
Annie Aldrete
Tennessee
Sophomore
Bianka Bell
LSU
Junior
Branndi Melero
Auburn
Senior
Cacy Williams
Wichita State
Junior
Chelsea Goodacre
Arizona
Senior
Chelsea Wilkinson
Georgia
Junior
Cheridan Hawkins
Oregon
Junior
Cheyenne Cordes
Cal
Senior
Dani Gilmore
Oregon State
Senior
Emilee Koerner
Notre Dame
Senior
Emily Crane
Missouri
Junior
Farish Beard
South Alabama
Senior
Hallie Wilson
Arizona
Senior
Haylie McCleney
Alabama
Junior
Haylie Wagner
Michigan
Senior
Jailyn Ford
James Madison
Junior
Janelle Lindvall
Oregon
Junior
Janie Takeda
Oregon
Senior
Kaitlyn Richardson
Minnesota
Senior
Karley Wester
Notre Dame
Sophomore
Kasey Cooper
Auburn
Sophomore
Katiyana Mauga
Arizona
 Sophomore
Kellie Fox
Arizona
Senior
Kelsey Nunley
Kentucky
Junior
Kelsey Stevens
Oklahoma
Junior
Kelsey Stewart
Florida
Junior
Kylee Lahners
Washington
Senior
Lacey Waldrop
Florida State
Senior
Laura Messina
Central Connecticut St.
Senior
Lauren Chamberlain
Oklahoma
Senior
Lauren Haeger
Florida
Senior
Lexie Elkins
Louisiana-Lafayette
Junior
Lindsey Stephens
Texas
Junior
Maddie O’Brien
Florida State
Senior
Megan Baltzell
Longwood
Senior
Missy Taukeiaho
Cal State Fullerton
Junior
Paige Wilson
Georgia
Senior
Sammy Marshall
Western Illinois
Senior
Sara Groenewegen
Minnesota
Sophomore
Shelby Pendley
Oklahoma
Senior
Shellie Robinson
USC-Upstate
Senior
Sierra Lawrence
Michigan
Junior
Sierra Romero
Michigan
Junior
Stephany LaRosa
UCLA
Senior
Steph Pasquale
Nebraska
Senior
Tori Finucane
Missouri
Sophomore

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