COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior shortstop Lilli Piper is one of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Piper leads the team in nearly every offensive category this season with a .414 batting average, 53 hits, 47 RBI, 40 runs scored, 16 home runs, 12 doubles, a .898 slugging percentage and .493 on base percentage. She also comes in first in stolen bases (6) and total bases (115). Piper has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season (Feb. 26, Mar. 19 and Apr. 9). She ranks fifth in the nation in home runs per game (0.40), seventh in slugging percentage, eighth in home runs and 12th in total bases. Her 1.18 runs batted in per game and 47 RBI are 16th and 25th, respectively.
The Norton, Ohio native has 16 games with multiple hits and 15 contests with multiple runs driven in. Additionally, Piper has successfully reached base in the last 15 games. Over 12 straight outings, she has drawn a walk 15 times, four of which have been intentional.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award enters its 17th season and recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female collegiate softball players across the country. The Top 25 list includes nine seniors, nine juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen, representing 17 universities and eight conferences. The Top 10 finalists will be named on May 9, with the Top 3 announced on May 23. The POY will be revealed on May 29.