Two Big West Players Named to Player of the Year Watchlist
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List Release
The top 50 "Watch List" for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year was announced today and two Big West players were included in the list for the prestigious honor.
The senior duo of CSUN's Taylor Glover and Cal Poly's Sierra Hyland garnered mention, kickstarting a process that will culiminate in the Player of the Year announcement in late May.
Glover, a three-time first team All-Big West honoree, enters her final season as one of the top players in program history. Glover batted .429 with four home runs, 31 RBI, 11 doubles, three triples, 39 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. She also committed just three errors in 59 chances in the field. Glover is already the Matador career DI leader in triples (14) and stolen bases (69). She also became the first Matador in over a decade to earn All-America status with her third team nod on the NFCA lists a year ago.
Hyland is a two-time first team All-Big West choice as well as the first three-time NFCA All-Region selection in program history. Primarily a pitcher, Hyland is coming off a stellar season in which she was 15-7 with a 1.19 ERA in 159.0 innings of work. She also narrowly missed her third straight 200-strikeout season as she posted 194 on the campaign, upping her career total to 690 which is 10th on the Big West career list. Hyland is also a solid hitter as she boasts a .321 career batting average and has totaled 14 home runs and 86 RBI at the dish.
The pre-season “Watch List” includes 26 seniors, 18 juniors and 6 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 37 NCAA Division I universities and 13 athletic conferences.
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 12. 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 10 and the Top 3 announced May 24. The 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 30.