Christi Orgeron Named Player of the Year Finalist
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun outfielder Christi Orgeron was named one of 11 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) on Wednesday.
There are normally only ten finalists, but due to a tie, 11 individuals are being honored this season.
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
This year’s finalists are comprised of five seniors, including Orgron, along with three juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman.
Orgeron was a top 10 finalist a year ago, when she became one of just four players in NCAA history to reach 100 RBI's in a season, finishing the year with 101 RBI to set the UL and Sun Belt single-season record.
This week, Orgeron was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, after hitting a .391, with 20 homers, and 89 RBI's, which leads the country.
The three finalists selected from this list will be announced May 23, while the winner of the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be revealed on May 29 prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.
2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Finalists
Name (School) – Year – Position – Hometown
Valerie Arioto (California) – Senior – Utility – Pleasanton, Calif.
Katelyn Boyd (Arizona State) – Senior – Shortstop – Phoenix, Ariz.
Lauren Chamberlain (Oklahoma) – Freshman – Infield – Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Raven Chavanne (Tennessee) – Junior – Third base/Outfield – Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Jolene Henderson (California) – Junior – Pitcher/First base – Elk Grove, Calif.
Michelle Moultrie (Florida) – Senior – Center field – Jacksonville, Fla.
Sara Nevins (South Florida) – Sophomore – Pitcher – Pinellas Park, Fla.
Christi Orgeron (Louisiana) – Senior – Outfield – New Orleans, La.
Sara Plourde (UMass) – Senior – Pitcher – Bristol, Conn.
Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) – Junior – Pitcher – San Jose, Calif.
Jackie Traina (Alabama) – Sophomore – Pitcher/Designated player – Naples, Fla.