USA Softball has announced their 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists and seven of them are Softball Factory Alumni who have been outstanding student athletes for their teams this year, including the recipient of the award in 2017, Kelly Barnhill.
The list will be trimmed down to 10 on May 9th, and then narrowed down to three on May 23rd before the winner of the award will be revealed on the 29th of this month. Here is how each Softball Factory alum contributed to her team this season:
Jocelyn Alo – Alo is a freshman utility player for the Oklahoma Sooners who hit the ground running in her first season with the team. The Hauula, Hawaii native leads both the Sooners and the Big 12 Conference in home runs (23), RBI (59), total bases (133) and slugging percentage (.993). She has scored 52 runs, drawn 35 walks and bats .425. Alo is also one of 25 candidates for the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year after becoming one of the top sluggers in collegiate softball. The freshman sensation participated in our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2016.
Kelly Barnhill – Barnhill, a junior pitcher for Florida, has been an absolute ace for the Gators this season. The Public Relations major owns the second-best ERA in the Southeastern Conference (0.88) and holds the top spot in opposing batting average (.100). She has struck out more batters than anyone in the SEC (263) and has caught more looking than any pitcher in the conference (74). Barnhill led her team to 24 victories, tied for most in the SEC, and her 11 shutouts are tied for second-most in the nation. The pitching powerhouse was the recipient of the 2017 USA Softball Player of the Year Award. The Marietta, Ga. native attended our Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP Program in Douglasville, Ga. in April of 2015.
Meghan Beaubien – Beaubien has been on fire in the circle for the Michigan Wolverines. The Freshman pitcher has made the most of her first season of collegiate softball, leading the nation in wins (30) and the Big 10 Conference in stikeouts commanded (229), all while toting the third-best ERA (0.88) in the nation. Her 11 shutout games are tied for second-highest in the nation. The Newport, Mich. Native kicked off her first season with the Wolverines throwing a six-inning no hitter and has pitched lights out ever since. Beaubien has also been named a top-25 candidate for NFCA Freshman of the Year. The ace Wolverine took part in an Under Armour National Tryout in Waterford, Township, Mich. In October of 2012.
Rachel Garcia – Garcia, a redshirt sophomore pitcher for UCLA, has been an asset for the Bruins both in the circle and at the plate. The History major boasts a 17-1 record, an impressive ERA of 1.11 and 183 strikeouts recorded. She bats .385, has scored 22 runs and has smacked 47 hits including two doubles. Her 41 RBI are second-most on the Bruins roster. Garcia was selected as the winner of the Pac-12 Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week awards for the week of April 9th. The Palmdale, Calif. native participated in our Fresno, Calif. Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in November of 2014.
Meghan Gregg – Gregg has been making her final season with the Lady Volunteers a special one. The senior infielder has sent 16 balls sailing over the fence for home runs this season, the most on her team and in the SEC. The 65 runs she’s driven in are also a team and conference-best. The Williamson, Ga. native has scored 38 runs and has driven in 61 hits, 11 doubles, one triple and her 122 total bases are second-most in the SEC. Gregg was named a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball. She attended our Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, Ga. in April of 2013.
Amanda Lorenz – Lorenz is a junior outfielder for the Florida Gators and one of the hottest hitters in the SEC. The Moorpark, Calif. leads the Gators in batting (.427), runs (58), hits (61), doubles (16), triples (four), RBI (48), total bases (106) and slugging percentage (.741). The Sport Management major has belted seven home runs this season, second-most on the Gators roster. Lorenz’s sharp eye at the plate has her leading the SEC in walks drawn (46). She took part in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, Calif. in November of 2014.
Randi Rupp – In her final year as a pitcher for Texas State University, Rupp has been dominant in the circle. The senior Bobcat is currently ranked third in the nation for strikeouts with a whopping total of 278. The Management major is the owner of the team’s top ERA (1.16) and was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball along with being named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week two weeks in a row. Rupp hails from Mont Belvieu, Texas and participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Pearland, Texas in October of 2011.