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Courtesy: USF
Nevins a National Player of the Year Finalist

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPASara Nevins is in the running for one of college softball’s most prestigious honors for the second straight season.

USF’s junior left-hander is one of 25 finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award that will be announced at the opening of the Women’s College World Series on May 28 in Oklahoma City. The list will be narrowed down to 10 finalists May 8 and the top three will be revealed May 22.

Nevins was one of the final 11 considered for the award last season and hasn’t slowed down a bit in 2013. The Pinellas Park, Fla., native tossed her fourth-career no-hitter last Saturday at Pittsburgh and also became USF’s all-time leader in strikeouts earlier this season. She has 164 strikeouts so far this season and 693 in her career.

Nevins also leads USF with a 16-5 record and five saves in 32 appearances this season. She ranks eighth in the nation with a 1.04 earned run average heading into the Bulls’ test at No. 3/4 Florida 6 p.m. Wednesday in Gainesville.

 

2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists

Name (School) – Year – Position – Hometown

Cassidy Bell (Penn State) – Senior – Outfield – Bakersfield, Calif.
Kayla Braud (Alabama) – Senior – Outfield – Eugene, Ore.
Lauren Chamberlain (Oklahoma) – Sophomore – Infield – Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) – Senior – Third base/Outfield – Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Rachele Fico (LSU) – Senior – Pitcher – Oxford, Conn.
Amber Freeman (Arizona State) – Sophomore – Catcher – Lakewood, Calif.
Michelle Gascoigne (Oklahoma) – Senior – Pitcher – Benicia, Calif.
Lauren Gibson (Tennessee) – Senior – Second Base – Pasadena, Md.
Jolene Henderson (California) – Senior – Pitcher/First base – Elk Grove, Calif.
Taylor Hoagland (Texas) – Senior – Outfield/Infield – Flower Mound, Texas
Kaila Hunt (Alabama) – Junior – Infield – Evans, Ga.
Kaitlin Inglesby (Washington) – Junior – Pitcher/First Base – Portland, Ore.
Katie Keller (Louisville) – Junior – Second Base – Livermore, Calif.
Emilee Koerner (Notre Dame) – Sophomore – Outfield – Tustin, Calif.
Blaire Luna (Texas) – Senior – Pitcher – Austin, Texas
Haylie McCleney (Alabama) – Freshman – Outfield – Morris, Ala.
Jessica Moore (Oregon) – Senior – Pitcher – Sutter, Calif.
Sara Nevins (South Florida) – Junior – Pitcher – Pinellas Park, Fla.
Ellen Renfroe (Tennessee) – Junior – Pitcher – Jackson, Tenn.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) – Senior – Pitcher – San Jose, Calif.
Hannah Rogers (Florida) – Junior – Pitcher – Lake Wales, Fla.
Sierra Romero (Michigan) – Freshman – Infield – Murrieta, Calif.
Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) – Senior – Pitcher – Pleasantville, Iowa
Jackie Traina (Alabama) – Junior – Pitcher/Designated player – Naples, Fla.
Devon Wallace (Arkansas) – Sophomore – Utility – Double Oak, Texas




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