Softball Candidates Announced for 2018 Senior CLASS Award

March 15, 2018

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (March 15, 2018) – Thirty of the top NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2018 Women’s College World Series®.

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Softball 2018 Candidates

Name Position School
Precious Birdsong Outfielder Middle Tennessee State University
Rebecca Blitz Outfielder Indiana University
Devin Brown Pitcher South Alabama
Kaylee Carlson Pitcher Auburn
Ivie Drake Catcher Georgia State University
Lea Foerster Centerfield Michigan State University
Meghan Gregg Shortstop Tennessee
Kylee Hanson Pitcher Florida State
Brittany Hitchcock Pitcher University of Hawaii
Carley Hoover Pitcher LSU
Gabrielle Kelliher Outfield/Designated Player Marist
Morgan Klaevemann Outfield Florida State
Meghan Kovac First Base Bucknell
Kayli Kvistad First Base University of Florida
Emily Lochten Shortstop Florida Atlantic University
Briana Matazinsky Pitcher/Infield Manhattan College
Paige Parker Pitcher University of Oklahoma
Kylee Perez Infielder UCLA
Erika Piancastelli Utility McNeese State
Randi Rupp Pitcher Texas State University
Jacquelyn Sertic Pitcher North Dakota State University
Vanessa Shippy Utility Oklahoma State
Taylor Van Zee Infield University of Washington
Tori Vidales Infield Texas A&M
Alexis Walkden Infield Seton Hall
Carlee Wallace Catcher Baylor University
Allie Walljasper Pitcher LSU
Emily Watson Pitcher Tulsa
Taylor White OF The Ohio State University
Carolyn Wright Catcher Lehigh