Haley Outon Named to USA Softball Top 50 "Watch List"
Jan. 29, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston’s Haley Outon is one of 50 student-athletes that has been named to the “Watch List” for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Wednesday.
This is the second-straight season the senior catcher has been named to the Preseason Watch List. Outon backed up the preseason honor last year by earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors. She led the league in home runs (16), RBI (62), slugging (.731) and walks (41) while starting all 61 games behind the plate for the Cougars. She also picked up NFCA All-Region and C-USA All-Academic Team honors.
Outon enters her senior campaign ranking second in the Houston history books with 43 career home runs and fourth in RBI with 144. She trails Kristen Glowacz (2002-05, 47 home runs and 175 RBI) for the program record in both categories.
The pre-season “Watch List” includes 24 seniors, 20 juniors and six sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. (Freshman can be considered for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award once they have competed at the collegiate level.)
Outon is one of four American Athletic Conference student-athletes named to the list along with Katie Keller (Louisville), Sara Nevins (South Florida) and Stephanie Pasquale (Temple).
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 7 and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced May 21. On May 27 prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
Houston begins its 14th season hosting the Houston Hilton Classic from Feb. 14-16. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, against Sam Houston State.