Softball candidates announced for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award®

February 20, 2013


OVERLAND PARK, KS – Thirty NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2013 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 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Six were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and seven were members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series® in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.

Softball 2013 Candidates

Name Position School
Emily Allard Shortstop/Infield Northwestern
Brooke Andresen Outfield Loyola - Chicago
Nikki Armagost First Base/Pitcher Pacific
Jennifer Barnett First Base Northern Illinois
B.B. Bates Outfield UCLA
Kayla Braud Outfield Alabama
Amy Buntin Catcher/Utility Notre Dame
Allie Cashion Outfieid Appalachian State
Raven Chavanne Third Base Tennessee
Kelly Coker Outfield/Third Base Rhode Island
Kara Dill Infield/Shortstop Kentucky
Kara Dornbos Pitcher Central Michigan
Rachele Fico Pitcher Louisiana State
Olivia Galati Pitcher Hofstra
Mikkel Griffin Outfield Southern Utah
Jolene Henderson Pitcher/First Base California
Kelsey Horton Outfield Florida
Maggie Hull Outfield Kansas
Shannon Jones Shortstop Siena
Courtney Liddle First Base Virginia Tech
Blaire Luna Pitcher Texas
Kelly Majam Centerfield Hawai‘i
Jenna Marston Catcher Missouri
Jennifer Ong Second Base Yale
Jenna Rich Short Stop Stanford
Keilani Ricketts Pitcher Oklahoma
Emily Roesch Second Base Boston
Jessica Shults Catcher Oklahoma
Stephanie Thompson Infield/Shortstop Brown
Brianna Turang Outfield Oklahoma