Feb. 1, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has released its initial watch list for the 11th annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Among the 50 preseason picks was Stanford senior infielder Ashley Hansen, the reigning Collegiate Player of the Year.
The 50 picks in 2012 represent 31 schools and 13 different conferences. Hansen was one of the 12 selections from the Pac-12 Conference, which led all leagues.
Hansen, one of 23 seniors named to the watch list, is a three-time All-Conference selection and was an All-American in 2009 and 2011. She was the Pac-10 Player of the Year last season and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2009. The Chandler, Ariz., native led the nation in doubles per game (0.42) last year. She was also the third toughest player in the country to strike out with the third-best batting average (.495).
Hansen is the leading returner for the Cardinal from last season in batting average (.495), hits (95), doubles (25), triples (3), slugging percentage (.797) and on-base percentage (.558). For her career, she ranks in the top-10 in Stanford in history in batting average (.411), hits (238), doubles (67), triples (10), runs (139), RBI (139) and slugging percentage (.643).
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 11. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist, however, once the top 25 finalists are named, the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshmen qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.
A list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 9 and the final three will be announced May 23. The winner of the 2012 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced prior to the start of the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.