Bell Named to Watch List for 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Feb. 1, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior outfielder Cassidy Bell of the Penn State softball team has been named to the Top 50 "Watch List" for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Friday afternoon. Bell is the first Nittany Lion to make the preseason list.
The Bakersfield, Calif., native was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, the only field player in the conference selected unanimously. Also a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes first-team selection, Bell broke the single-season batting average program record set by Nan Sichler (.413) in 1988, swinging her way to a .423 average. She also etched her name at the top of the Penn State single-season slugging percentage charts (.784) and finished second on the all-time list in on-base percentage (.529), despite missing 18 games due to an emergency appendectomy.
Bell is one of five Big Ten players on the list, joining Emily Allard and Marisa Bast of Northwestern, Kylene Hopkins of Michigan State and Haylie Wagner of Michigan.
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 10. 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 8 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 22. On May 28, prior to the start of the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.
Penn State kicks off its 2013 campaign Feb. 15 at the Troy Cox Classic, hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. The Nittany Lions' home opener is set for March 29 for a three-game series against Michigan at Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park.
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