Feb. 1, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern senior Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) and junior Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) have been named to the 50-member watch list for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball.
Northwestern is the lone Big Ten school with multiple players earning spots on this year's watch list. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State each have one player included. The Wildcats are one of 10 programs nationwide with two or more representatives on the list.
This year marks the seventh time in the last eight years that Northwestern has placed multiple student-athletes on the watch list for this award. Past NU honorees are:
2012: Emily Allard, Adrienne Monka
2010: Adrienne Monka, Lauren Delaney
2009: Tammy Williams, Lauren Delaney
2008: Nicole Pauly, Tammy Williams
2007: Eileen Canney, Garland Cooper, Tammy Williams
2006: Courtnay Foster, Garland Cooper
Not only have a bevy of Northwestern student-athletes made the watch list at the start of the year, many have moved on to finalist status. That list looks this this:
2011: Emily Allard
(top-25 finalist -- not included on initial watch list)
2009: Tammy Williams
2008: Tammy Williams
2007: Tammy Williams
, Garland Cooper
Allard appears on the Player of the Year watch list for the second-consecutive year after playing her way into finalist status as a sophomore in 2011. Winner of the NFCA Golden Shoes Award as the nation's top base stealer that season, Allard has compiled three All-Big Ten and three NFCA All-Region honors during her Northwestern career.
Over the last two years, Allard had hits in all but 10 of Northwestern's games, a statistic which breaks down to hits in 91 of 101 games, including 42 multi-hit performances. She enters her senior campaign with an active 15-game hitting streak (the third-longest of her career) and is two stolen bases shy of the Northwestern all-time record of 118.
Allard is a career .410 hitter with 125 runs scored and 221 hits while converting on stolen base attempts at a .921 clip.
Bast makes her first appearance on the USA Player of the Year watch list after earning NFCA All-America honors at third base last season. During a breakout sophomore season, Bast hit .411, slugged .730 and compiled a .524 on-base percentage while ranking ninth in the country in RBIs per game. Her 13 home runs, seven doubles and three triples contributed to 68 total RBIs, the second-highest total in NU single-season history.
Bast is one of 15 juniors nationwide selected to the 50-member watch list.
Northwestern opens the 2013 season Feb. 8-10 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. NU's first game is against No. 13 Arizona, a re-match of the 2006 Women's College World Series championship series.
The top 25 finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 10. While an athlete does not have to be on the watch list to be considered for the top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the top 25 finalists. The top 10 finalists will be announced May 8 and the top three finalists will be announced May 22. On May 28 prior to the start of the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.
To see the complete list, visit USASoftball.org.
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