UF's Kelsey Bruder claims Honda award


NEW YORK -- Kelsey Bruder of Florida is the winner of the
Honda Sports Award as the nation's top softball player.

Bruder, of Corona, Calif., hit a home run in the first inning
against Alabama, helping Florida to a 9-2 victory and a spot in the
Women's College World Series finals this month.

Florida lost to Arizona State 7-2 in the final on June 7.

Bruder led the Southeastern Conference this season in runs (32),
hits (40), RBIs (36), slugging percentage (.883) and home runs
(11). She now plays professionally for the Florida Pride in the
National Pro Fastpitch league.

The other candidates were Ashley Hansen of Stanford, Jolene
Henderson of Cal, and Chelsea Thomas of Missouri. The nominees were
selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

As one of the Honda winners in 12 sports, Bruder is eligible for
Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year honors. The Honda-Broderick
Cup will be awarded June 27 in New York.