April 11, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior shortstop Ashley Hansen was selected among the 25 finalists for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year award, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association of America. Hansen, the winner of the award in 2011, is one of the 25 remaining contenders for collegiate softball's top annual honor.
The top-25 list represents 17 schools and eight different NCAA Division I conferences, with Hansen being one of the seven picks from the Pac-12. The 25 finalists announced today are the only players remaining in contention for the 2012 award.
Hansen, the reigning collegiate player of the year, is hitting .379 with nine doubles, six triples and four home runs this season. She is second on the squad with 32 RBI and a .664 slugging percentage. Earlier this year, she broke former Cardinal Alissa Haber's career record for doubles and is two triples away from setting a school record in that category.
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 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on May 29.
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. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher, two-time winner Washington's Danielle Lawrie and Hansen last season.