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Ceo, Hawkins Finalists for National Player of the Year
Release Date: 05/07/2014
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EUGENE, Ore. - Courtney Ceo and Cheridan Hawkins were both picked as top-10 finalists for the USA Softball national player of the year award, the organization announced Wednesday.

A top-50 watch list was announced prior to the season and was cut to a top-25 on April 29 before being whittled down once again to the final 10 names on Wednesday. A final three will be announced on May 21 with a winner being named on May 27.

Ceo and Hawkins join Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo and UCLA pitcher/DP Ally Carda as Pac-12 players to be included in the final 10. Alabama teammates Haylie McCleney and Jaclyn Traina plus Florida State teammates Lacey Waldrop and Maddie O'Brien join Michigan's Sierra Romero and Tennessee's Madison Shipman on the list as well.

Ceo currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation with a .479 batting average. She also leads the conference with 81 hits and is third with a .527 on-base percentage, fourth with 51 runs scored and fifth with 14 stolen bases.

Ceo is Oregon's all-time leader in hits and runs scored. Her .479 batting average this year is on pace to be the second best in Oregon single-season history while her .407 career batting average is set to smash the school record of .389.

Hawkins ranks third in the NCAA in wins (28), fourth in shutouts (11) and eighth in strikeouts (263). Her 28 wins leads the Pac-12 while her 1.42 ERA, 263 strikeouts and .166 opponent batting average are all the second best in the conference this season.

Hawkins's 263 strikeouts this year are the most in UO single-season history while her 28 wins are the third most.

Hawkins, just a sophomore, already ranks third at Oregon in career strikeouts with 475.

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