April 5, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Baylor softball senior first baseman Ashley Monceaux has been named one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association announced on Thursday. The honor marks the first time Monceaux has been on the finalist list and the third time in school history a Baylor player has been selected as one of the 25 finalists.
This award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Monceaux, a senior from Tucson, Ariz., has led Baylor to one of its best starts in school history. The left-handed hitter leads the No. 11 Lady Bears with a .395 batting average, 11 home runs and 43 RBI. She has posted a .742 slugging percentage while recording a superb fielding percentage of .981 on the season.
The Top 25 is comprised of players representing 17 colleges and six NCAA Division I conferences. Among the list are 12 seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores and a red-shirt freshman. Five of the finalists were among the Top 25 finalists in 2006 including Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Arizona's Caitlin Lowe and Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher who were also top 10 finalists last year.
On May 9, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 23 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series.
A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player's academic institution at a sporting event in the fall.
Cat Osterman became the first three-time winner of the National Player of the Year Award in 2006 after leading her Longhorns to the Big 12 regular season title and a berth into the NCAA Women's College World Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Osterman (Texas-2003, 2005 and 2006) and Jessica Van der Linden (Florida State-2004).
For complete stats and photos of the 2007 Top 25 Finalists visit the "College Corner" section on USA Softball's official website - www.usasoftball.com.
Monceaux and the Lady Bears will return to action on Friday, April 6, when Baylor travels to Lubbock, Texas, for the start of a two-game series with Texas Tech at 6:00 p.m.