Andrews on USA Softball Top-50 Watch List

Matt Dunaway
LSU's A.J. Andrews. Photo by LSUsports.net.

LSU outfielder A.J. Andrews was one of 50 players from across the country who was selected for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball.

Now in its 13th year, the award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by collegiate softball players across the country. The list includes 24 seniors, 20 junior and six sophomores. Freshmen are ineligible for consideration for the initial Top 50 list. There were 12 SEC players representing seven schools, the most by any conference.

LSU has had one player on the list during five of the last six seasons. Andrews will attempt to join fellow All-Americans Britni Sneed, Leslie Klein, Kristin Schmidt, Kirsten Shortridge and Rachele Fico as the only players in program history to be named as USA Softball Top 25 finalists.

Last season, Andrews became the 15th player in program history to claim NFCA All-America status in addition to NFCA All-South Region, All-SEC First-Team accolades. She batted leadoff in every game and turned in a team-leading .359 batting average (71-for-198) to go along with two home runs and 32 RBIs.

Andrews' 71 hits checked in at ninth place on the SEC leaderboard, while the .359 hitting clip was a 144 point improvement from 2012. She produced a team-leading 19 multi-hit games and hit safely in 45 of 58 games which included 17 of her 23 SEC outings. Andrews scored a team-best 47 runs, LSU won 27 of 30 games when Andrews crossed the plate.

A week before NCAA Regionals are slated to begin, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 7. The Top 3 finalists will be announced two weeks later on May 21. Leading into the 2014 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be unveiled at the WCWS banquet on May 27.