June 2, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State's special season continues as redshirt junior Maddie O'Brien was announced as one of the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for softball as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a group of experts representing the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
"What an honor for Maddie and this team," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "She puts in so much work to be the best she can be at this game, but is an even better person. She is such a great leader and student of the game and am so proud that she is being recognized for her accomplishments."
O'Brien led the nation this season in runs batted in (83) and finished second in the country in slugging percentage (.942). The redshirt junior also had 24 home runs, 17 doubles, 62 runs scored and 56 walks. Named a NFCA first-team All-American and the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, she had a streak from April 16-20 of reaching base on 18 consecutive plate appearances over five games against Pitt and Syracuse.
Cheridan Hawkins of the University of Oregon, University of Michigan's Sierra Romero and Madison Shipman from the University of Tennessee are the other three nominees for the 2014 Honda Sports Award for softball.
O'Brien looks to join former Seminole Jessica van der Linden who won the Honda Sports Award for softball in 2004 after leading the Garnet and Gold to its seventh Women's College World Series appearance and was named the USA Softball National Player of the Year.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation's top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.