Feb. 1, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Andrea Harrison and sophomore Kellie Fox are two of 50 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America on Wednesday.
Now in its 11th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past recipients of the POY award include former Bruin Stacey Nuveman (2002).
While an athlete does not have to be on the Watch List to be considered for the Top 25 list, which will be announced on April 11, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 finalists. The Top 10 finalists will be announced May 9 and the top three will be announced on May 23. On May 29 prior to the start of the 2012 Women's College World Series, the POY will be revealed.
Harrison was named a first-team NFCA All-American, first-team NFCA All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-10 in 2011 after leading the Bruins in batting average (.409), home runs (15), runs batted in (52), total bases (126), hits (67), slugging (.768) and on base percentage (.512). She was also tied for first with 29 walks, tied for second with 12 doubles and third with 39 runs scored and seven hit by pitches.
Fox earned All-Pac-10 first team and Pac-10 All-Freshman squad accolades after placing tied for second on the team with 11 home runs, solo second with 45 RBI, a .608 slugging, eight sacrifice hits and six stolen bases, tied for first with 29 walks and third with a .342 batting average, 96 total bases and a .445 on base percentage.
The Bruins open the 2012 season next Thursday, Feb. 9 against Kentucky at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium.