Stanford's Hansen named finalist for prestigious award


Stanford junior shortstop Ashley Hansen is among 10 finalists for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year award, announced the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) Wednesday. Hansen becomes the second Stanford player in program history to make the list of finalists.

Hansen has produced career offensive numbers this season. She leads the nation in doubles per game (0.46), ranks third in batting average (.497) and sixth in on-base percentage (.562).

In the Pac-10, Hansen leads all players in batting average, slugging percentage (.804), on-base percentage, hits (81) and doubles (23). The Chandler, Ariz., native has tallied 24 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games so far this season.

Hansen already ranks among the top 10 in school history in career hits (8th), doubles (4th), triples (t2nd), RBI (8th) and runs scored (8th).

In addition to Hansen, finalists include Arizona State infielder Katelyn Boyd, Alabama infielder Kayla Braud, Florida utility player Megan Bush, Tennessee outfielder Raven Chavanne, Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne, Texas pitcher Blaire Luna, Louisiana-Lafayette utility player Christi Orgeron, Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor and Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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