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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tennessee freshman Annie Aldrete has been named a top 25 finalist for the inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy, which will be presented prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Aldrete has been one of the nation’s most productive freshmen so far this season, batting .404 (46-for-114) with 10 home runs, 11 doubles, two triples, a team-high 42 RBIs, 24 runs and 21 walks. She is second on the team with a .798 slugging percentage and a .507 on-base percentage.
Aldrete is a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, earning honors on March 17 and March 31. Her .404 batting average ranks eighth in the SEC and her .386 batting average in conference games ranks ninth.
The NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award was created from an idea to honor outstanding athletic achievement among freshmen softball student-athletes throughout Division I.
Each of this year’s 25 finalists hails from a different university while the group represents 11 Division I leagues across the nation. Both the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12 Conference picked up the most overall selections with six each, while the Big West Conference garnered three inclusions and the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference tied with two each. The American Athletic Conference, Big 12 Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Big South Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference and Conference USA all reaped one nod.
On Thurs., May 8, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top 3 finalists will be selected and released on Thurs., May 22. The inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 27 prior to the opening of the annual Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.