April 1, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Junior Kaila Shull has been named one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) on Wednesday.
Shull leads the Bruins with a .406 batting average, 44 runs batted in, a .781 slugging percentage and five sacrifice flies. She is also second on the club with eight home runs and a .446 on base percentage. The junior has 12 multiple-hit games and 12 multi-RBI contests, which both lead the team.
Shull is tied for first in the country in sacrifice flies, sixth in runs batted in and tied for 32nd in slugging percentage. She also ranks in the Pac-10 Top 10 in 10 offensive categories, including eighth in batting average and tied for eighth in home runs.
She has started all 32 games this season, making 26 starts at catcher. Behind the plate, Shull has not made an error in 235 chances and has just one passed ball.
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honors 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 this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman.
The Top 25 list represents 17 schools and seven different conferences. The list is comprised of nine seniors, 12 juniors, three sophomores and one freshman. The 2009 USA Softball 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 6. The three finalists will be announced May 20th while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.