June 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Incoming freshman softball player Geri Ann Glasco was named the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year it was announced on Wednesday at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Softball Classic in Roma, Ga. Glasco became both the first softball player from Georgia and the first Georgia signee to be named the National Softball Player of the Year. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to the ESPYS in July.
"I thought it was going to be a typical interview, and then Jessica Mendoza is the first person I see," Glasco told ESPN.com following the announcement. "I recognized it was a bigger deal than I thought, so I got a little nervous and answered her questions as best I could. Then, she dropped the news. I had no idea I was being considered for this. It's really exciting, really surreal. It's awesome to receive such great recognition and be on a list with people I've grown up watching. It really shows hard work pays off, and I'm so grateful."
The 5-foot-6 senior right-handed pitcher led Oconee High School to the Class AAA state title this past season with a record of 38-2. In the circle, Glasco posted a 19-0 record with a 0.50 ERA in the circle, while batting .564 with 62 RBI and a state single-season record 24 home runs.
A four-time first-team all-state selection, she struck out 213 batters in 113 innings, including 13 shutouts and four no-hitters. Glasco set the state career record for home runs (47) and doubles (58) in addition to finishing second in Georgia history with 207 career hits and fourth with 167 RBI.
The award also recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off he field of play. During her high school career, Glasco has maintained a B-plus average and has volunteered as part of multiple community service initiatives.
Two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza surprised Glasco with the award in a mock Q&A following the All-Star game.