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Badgers Miller named finalist for College Softball's highest honor

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) – There is one award that stands out among the rest in Division I college softball and that is the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. There is one name that stands out among the best in the history of Wisconsin softball and that is Chloe Miller.

Miller made yet another mark in the Badger record books as she was named the first-ever finalist in program history for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.

USA Softball announced the 34 finalists, which came as a result of a tie in the votes, on Wednesday afternoon. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by Division I players across the country.

The Bettendorf, Iowa, native has started all 32 games for the Cardinal and White this season and leads the team and Big Ten Conference in batting average (.480), slugging percentage (.902) and on base percentage (.576).

She became Wisconsin’s second National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Player of the Week and earned her first career Big Ten Player of the Week nod after an explosive weekend at the Colorado State Classic where she posted a .800 batting average, .842 on base percentage and 1.800 slugging percentage.

Miller also leads the team in hits (49), runs batted in (40), doubles (12), triples (2), home runs (9), total bases (92) and runs scored (39).

Now in its 16th year, previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011), Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013), Florida State's Lacey Waldrop (2014), Florida’s Lauren Haeger (2015) and Michigan’s Sierra Romero (2016).

The top 10 finalists will be announced on May 10 and the top three finalists will be announced on May 24. The winner of the prestigious award will be revealed prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, June 1-7.

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