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Oklahoma Trio Named Among 10 Finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

The Oklahoma Sooners have been the best team in softball for the last several years, and 2023 has been no different.

Oklahoma has won 38 straight games, compiling a 46-1 record on the year, and has All-American level talent at nearly every spot on the field.

On Wednesday morning, USA Softball whittled down its list to ten finalists for Collegiate Player of the Year, and the Sooners landed three players on that list.

 

Juniors Jayda Coleman and Tiare Jennings and sophomore Jordy Bahl gave the Sooners three finalists, which is the most of any team in the country, with UCLA and Tennessee each having two finalists a piece.

Here’s an excerpt from Oklahoma’s press release on the announcement, citing each of the trio’s accomplishments on the year thus far.

Bahl has paced OU’s nation-leading pitching staff with a 1.06 ERA and 130 strikeouts, allowing opponents to bat just .156. The reigning NFCA Freshman of the Year and First Team All-American has a team-best six individual shutouts in 2023 and has combined on nine. Bahl has also thrown one perfect game on the year and combined on two no-hitters.

 

Coleman has showcased her versatility once again in 2023, adding power numbers to her already expansive game. The two-time NFCA First Team All-American has a team-high 13 home runs and .454 batting average among numerous other categories to go with a .862 slugging clip and .575 on-base percentage. Her batting, slugging, and on-base percentages rank in the top 10 in the country.

Jennings has continued to bring in runs for the Sooners, mashing 12 home runs and 10 doubles with a team-high 49 runs batted in. The 2021 USA Softball Top-10 Finalist is batting .435 and holds slugging and on-base percentages of .786 and .506, respectively. 

The Top 3 Finalists will be revealed on Wednesday, May 17, followed by the announcement of the 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year prior to the NCAA Women’s College World Series slated for June 1-9 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. 

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