STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford sophomore Kayla Bonstrom was one of 50 players in the nation named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list, as announced Wednesday by the Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States.
Bonstrom was one of six sophomores included on the list that consists of players from 36 NCAA Division I schools and 12 athletic conferences. She is one of 12 Pac-12 players included on the list.
Bonstrom had an outstanding freshman campaign, leading the Cardinal in batting average (.404) and was second in hits (69). She was an all-region selection and named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year – Stanford’s third recipient of the award. Bonstrom also earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors.
The top 25 finalists will be announced April 9, with the list being narrowed down to the top 10 on May 7. The top three will be announced May 21. The winner of the award will be announced May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series.
The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by collegiate softball players across the country. Previous recipients of the award include Stanford alum Ashley Hansen (2011), along with UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 & 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 & 2010), and Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts (2012).
Stanford, ranked No. 22/20, opens the 2014 season on Thursday, Feb. 6 against North Carolina State in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.