Sara Dean Named To 2005 USA Softball Collegiate Player Of The Year Watch List
January 28, 2005
AUBURN -- Auburn senior Sara Dean has been named to the initial watch list for the 2005 Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association announced Friday. The ASA is the governing body for softball in the United States.
Dean returns for her senior season with the Tigers after batting .333 with a team-leading 58 base hits and 30 runs batted in last season. Her efforts in helping guide Auburn to its second ever NCAA Regional berth resulted in Third-Team All-America honors as well as First-Team All-Region and All-Southeastern Conference First-Team selections.
The Valencia, Calif., native also earned SEC Co-Freshman of the Year honors in 2002. She enters the season with a career batting average of .301 with 15 home runs, 80 RBI and 33 doubles. She has played in 181 career games, starting 176, and has not missed a contest since the 2002 season.
The initial watch list is 40 players long and represents 23 schools and 10 conferences. After paring the list to 25 on April 5, the ASA will name 10 finalists on May 10. Three finalists will then be named May 31 with the winner announced at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., in June.
The 2005 Collegiate Player of the Year award marks the fourth-time the ASA will recognize the top player in the nation. UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Texas’ Cat Osterman and Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden are the past winners of the honor.
Dean and the Tigers open the 2005 season Feb. 4 in Miami at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic, hosted by Florida International. Auburn opens against No. 22 South Florida at 9 a.m., then takes on Illinois State at 11 a.m.