Softball Candidates Announced for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award

February 18, 2021

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (February 18, 2021) – Thirty of the top NCAA® softball student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, were selected as candidates today for the 2021 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 in March, 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 2021 Women’s College World Series® in June.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

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Softball 2021 Candidates

Name Position School
Sis Bates Short Stop Washington
AnaMarie Bruni Outfield South Florida
Danielle Castleberry Infield Mercer
Teaghan Cowles Utility Stanford
Mia Davidson Catcher/Infield Mississippi State
Amber Fiser Pitcher Minnesota
Sydney Fisher Infield/Outfield Radford
Julia Fritz First Base/Pitcher ETSU
Darian Frost Catcher Missouri State
Rachel Garcia Pitcher/First Base UCLA
Kristin Hallam Short Stop Hofstra
Jessie Harper Short Stop Arizona
Alexis Holloway Pitcher Notre Dame
Andrea Howard Outfield New Mexico
Kristina Inouye Infield Stanford
Karlee Johnson Shortstop/Second Base Boise State
Cayla Kessinger Outfield Missouri
Jennifer Leonhardt Pitcher Louisville
Kendyl Lindaman First Base Florida
Goose McGlaun First Base Baylor
Maddie McMahon Pitcher Siena
Liz Murphy Pitcher Detroit Mercy
Bubba Nickles Utility UCLA
Makenna Partain Infield Minnesota
Kendall Smith Catcher Western Kentucky
Nicole Timmons Pitcher Drake
Kelly Warren Outfield ETSU
Kayla Wedl Short Stop UIC
Alea White Pitcher Central Florida
Sami Williams Short Stop Iowa State