Jan. 30, 2014
• Complete "Watch List"
MADISON, Wis. – Fifty student-athletes from across the country have been selected for the “Watch List” for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Wednesday and Badgers’ senior Mary Massei is one of them.
Now in its 13th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, given by the National Governing Body for softball in the United States, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Massei earns the nod after posting a record-setting season in 2013. The senior set six Wisconsin single-season records including batting average (.421) and slugging percentage (.672). Massei finished the season with second-team NFCA Great Lakes All-Region honors, was a first-team CoSida Academic All-District pick and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.
The pre-season “Watch List” includes 24 seniors, 20 juniors and six sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. (Freshman can be considered for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award once they have competed at the collegiate level.) Athletes named to the “Watch List” represent 36 NCAA Division I universities and 12 athletic conferences. Alabama, Arizona State and Oregon lead the way among universities with three athlete representatives each, and the Southeastern (SEC) Conference has the most member schools represented with seven.
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.
Wisconsin’s season begins on Feb. 7 at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Badgers take the field against Florida and South Florida on opening day.