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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Top 26 National Player of the Year Finalists Named

USA Softball today announced the top twenty-six finalists for the Collegiate Player of the Year trophy. Annually a list of twenty-five, a tie during the selection process led to the extra finalist.

A total of 12 seniors, 11 juniors, 2 sophomores, and a single freshman make up the list. Nineteen schools and nine conferences are represented.

Headlining the list are 2014 Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop of Florida State; first overall NPF draft pick Lauren Chamberlain; and the nation's leaders in ERA and offensive home runs, UCF's Shelby Turnier and Louisiana-Lafayette's Lexie Elkins, respectively.

Nineteen members of the preseason Top 50 watch list made the cut as a finalist for the award, where they were joined by the likes of Western Kentucky's ace pitcher Miranda Kramer and Auburn breakout junior Emily Carosone.

The list of twenty-six will be narrowed to a final ten that will be named on May 6th. The 2015 National Collegiate Player of the Year will be crowned and honored in Oklahoma City during the Women's College World Series at the end of May.

See below for the full list of finalists for the award.


  • AJ Andrews, LSU, Outfield, Senior
  • Bianka Bell, LSU, Infield, Junior
  • Allexis Bennett, UCLA, Outfield, Junior
  • Kristen Brown, North Carolina, Infield, Junior
  • Ally Carda, UCLA, Pitcher/Utility, Senior
  • Emily Carosone, Auburn, Infield, Junior
  • Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, Infield, Senior
  • Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette, Catcher, Junior
  • Kellie Fox, Arizona, Infield, Senior
  • Amber Freeman, Arizona State, Catcher, Senior
  • Megan Good, James Madison, Pitcher/Utility, Freshman
  • Chelsea Goodacre, Arizona, Catcher, Senior
  • Sara Groenewegen, Minnesota, Pitcher, Sophomore
  • Lauren Haeger, Florida, Pitcher/Infield, Senior
  • Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon, Pitcher, Junior
  • Alex Hugo, Georgia, Infield, Junior
  • Miranda Kramer, Western Kentucky, Pitcher, Senior
  • Haylie McCleney, Alabama, Outfield, Junior
  • Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, Infield/Pitcher, Senior
  • Sierra Romero, Michigan, Infield, Junior
  • Kelsey Stewart, Florida, Infield, Junior
  • Janie Takeda, Oregon, Outfield, Senior
  • Shelby Turnier, UCF, Pitcher, Junior
  • Lacey Waldrop, Florida State, Pitcher, Senior
  • Karley Wester, Notre Dame, Outfield, Sophomore
  • Paige Wilson, Georgia, Infield, Senior
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