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.
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