Oklahoma teammates among finalists
Tennessee's Raven Chavanne and Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts are the three finalists for the USA Softball college player of the year award, the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball announced Wednesday.
It is the first time since 2002 that teammates are finalists.
Chamberlain, a sophomore first baseman, leads the nation with a 1.110 slugging percentage (only five players have slugging percentages better than .876). She also leads the nation in home runs per game and RBIs per game and ranks second in total home runs. With 27 home runs entering Oklahoma's super regional, she has 57 in almost two full seasons. The NCAA career record is 90. Chamberlain, the Sooners' leadoff hitter, also has a .615 on-base percentage, third in the nation, and has been successful on 14 of 15 stolen base attempts.
Chavanne, Tennessee's senior third baseman, is one of the fastest players and best contact hitters in the college game, with 39 stolen bases in 40 attempts. She has a .470 batting average and .540 on-base percentage, and what makes her a headache is the power game that returned this season after she played through injuries as a junior. Ricketss, who was named player of the year last season, enters NCAA super regional play with a 29-1 record, a 1.21 ERA and 291 strikeouts (against just 48 walks) in 196 1/3 innings. She opened the regular season with a no-hitter against Stanford and concluded it with a no-hitter against rival Oklahoma State. As a hitter, she ranks second in arguably the nation's most feared lineup with a .533 on-base percentage, and is third with a .677 slugging percentage, 12 home runs and 48 RBIs.
UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, Texas' Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher, Washington's Danielle Lawrie and Stanford's Ashley Hansen are past winners.