Geri Ann Glasco
Jan. 29, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Paige Wilson and Geri Ann Glasco 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 today.
Wilson, a junior, returns to the Bulldogs after earning Easton All-American honors, First Team All-Southeastern Conference honors, NFCA All-Region honors and SEC All-Tournament honors last year. The Chicago, Ill., native has started every game in her two years and hit at a team best .403 average last season, while belting 16 home runs, driving in 66 runs and scoring 59 times. Wilson was also named the SEC Player of the Week once last season.
Glasco returns for her sophomore season having earned Third Team NFCA All-American honors, Easton All-American honors and Freshman All-SEC honors a year go. The SEC Co-Freshman of the Year finished last season with a team-best and Georgia freshman record 19 home runs, while driving in 61 runs, slugging at a .743 clip and earning a .363 batting average. In addition to her year-end honors, Glasco was named the SEC Freshman of the Week three times and the National Player of the Week twice. Glasco also led the Georgia pitching staff with a 17-8 record and 124 strikeouts.
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.
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. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. 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.
In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, ASA/USA Softball is now in its 12th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, which are announced Tuesdays during the regular season. The pre-season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll was released Jan. 28 with Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan and Washington taking the Top 5 spots respectively.