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Normandin Named To Player Of Year Watch List

Carly Normandin hit .404 and smacked 10 home runs last season.

Carly Normandin hit .404 and smacked 10 home runs last season.

Jan. 28, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, named UMass senior centerfielder Carly Normandin to its initial "Watch List" for the 9th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The 2009 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Second Team All-American is one of 50 players on the list that was released on Wednesday.

Normandin took her game to a new level in 2009, posting a .403 batting average, the highest by a UMass player since Gutridge's .404 mark in 1998, and had a 23-game hitting streak. She did it all for the Minutewomen offensively, hitting 17 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 37 RBI, 53 runs, 21 stolen bases, and a.727 slugging percentage, all while playing stellar defense in center field. The Gardner, Mass. native led the Atlantic 10 in average, slugging, hits (71), runs, doubles, and total bases (128) on her way to being named A-10 Player of the Year, A-10 All-Conference First Team, and NFCA All-Region First Team. She ranked in the top-20 nationally in doubles (13th), triples (17th), and runs (17th).

The left-handed batter and leadoff hitter carries a .356 career batting average into her senior season, ranking fifth all-time at UMass. Her career slugging percentage of .647 ranks second-best in UMass history.

This award, which is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The 2010 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 35 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list includes 27 seniors, 17 juniors and six sophomores.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The final three finalists will be announced May 26 while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

 

 

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