May 10, 2012; Arizona State Sun Devils shortstop Katelyn Boyd with a base hit (Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)
To the surprise of no one who has followed the defending national champion Arizona State softball team, shortstop Katelyn Boyd has been named as one of the three finalists for the 11th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, presented by Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball.
A quick look at the numbers illustrate a truly dominating season for the senior. The first team All-Pac-12 player's .444 batting average led the conference, as did her 72 runs. She was second in the Pac-12 in home runs with 19 and on-base percentage at .571. Add in team highs in walks (47), doubles (16) and stolen bases (21), and you have an all-around amazing season.
No Sun Devil has ever won the award, and Boyd will learn on May 29th whether she will become the first. In the meantime, she and her fellow Devils will battle Louisiana-Lafayette in a Super Regional series, beginning Thursday.