The Amateur Softball Association announced Wednesday that USF ace Sara Nevins is a candidate for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
The list of finalists will be reduced on May 23 to three and the winner will be announced on May 29 .
Nevins is only one of four pitchers up for the award.
She is one of 11 finalists, an almost improbable feat for any player.
The USF lefty isn’t just any player though. The sophomore has thrown three no hitters this season and also has a perfect game to her credit this season. Her first career no-no came this season on March 10, in six innings against Central Connecticut State. The next night in Toledo, she threw her first perfect game of her career.
Nevins ranks in the top 15 in saves (4), total strikeouts (268), strikeouts per seven innings (9.1) and wins (26).
The Pinellas Park native owns one of the nation’s top earned run averages, (1.05) and has a 26-5 record this season with the Bulls. She was one of the most crucial pieces to USF’s start this season. The Bulls won 19 straight games and were 29-2 at one point.
These numbers shouldn’t shock you if you have watched Nevins’ performance in the circle this season. Her showing on the mound was bound to get national recognition.
She is simply unflappable, not showing any signs of stress even in a jam that she usually gets her team out of.
Clearly, Nevins is a well deserved candidate for the Player of the Year Award.
Nevins has already been named the Big East pitcher of the week not once, twice, but SIX times this season including five consecutive weeks with the honor. She also earned National Player of the week from USA Softball and the NFCA .
Nevins began her season with the Bulls as a freshman who stacked up impressive numbers in 2011. She had 15-8 record, added 193 strikeouts and boasted a 1.71 ERA. Last season’s numbers are fantastic, especially for a freshman.
It’s obvious that the Bulls’ left-handed ace is only getting better. This is evident by her numbers this season.
Nevins and the Bulls await their fate for the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced Sunday at 10 p.m. USF lost in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Thursday to Depaul.
Full list of 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 – Centerfield – Jacksonville, Fla.
Sara Nevins (South Florida) – Sophomore – Pitcher – Pinellas Park, Fla.
Christi Orgeron (ULL) – 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.