April 13, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Junior Andrea Harrison has been named a Top 25 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) on Wednesday.
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include former Bruin great Stacey Nuveman. Megan Langenfeld, the most Outstanding Player of the Women's College World Series in 2010, was a top three finalist a year ago.
The Top 25 list represents 17 schools and six different conferences. The list is comprised of nine seniors, six juniors, nine sophomores and one freshman. The 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be chosen from the 25 finalists.
Just days before the start of postseason play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 11. The final three finalists will be announced May 25 while the winner of the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2011 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Harrison leads the Bruins in all three triple crown categories with a .430 batting average, 12 home runs and 42 runs batted in. She is also first with an .890 slugging and a .564 on base percentage, tied for first with six hit by pitches and second with 32 runs scored and 10 doubles. Harrison has twice been named Pac-10 Player of the Week this season.
The ninth-ranked Bruins travel to Tempe to face top-ranked Arizona State this weekend. Friday and Saturday's games start at 7 p.m. and Sunday's contest begins at 12 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.