Becker, Cox Named to USA Softball Player of the Year Top-50
Feb. 1, 2018


OXFORD, Miss. – USA Softball has announced its Top-50 “Watch List” for the 2018 Collegiate Player of the Year, with Ole Miss outfielders Kylan Becker and Elantra Cox named to the prestigious preseason list. Ole Miss is the only program with multiple outfielders selected to the watch list.

Becker and Cox become the first Rebels to be named to the watch list since Lauren Grill in 2009. It is the first time in program history that Ole Miss has had multiple players represented. The news comes a week after the pair were tabbed Preseason All-SEC.

Becker returns for her junior season after becoming the first Rebel ever to garner First Team All-SEC laurels in 2017. The Miami native posted a .375 batting average on 75 hits, the second highest single-season total in program-history. Batting all 63 games from the No. 2 spot in the order, Becker scored 34 runs on the year, while driving in 31 more.

Cox enters her final season in Oxford coming off of a season in which she led the SEC with a program-record 93 hits. The speedy centerfielder also broke the single-season school-record for runs scored (51), while ranking second all-time in batting average (.429). The Henderson, Tennessee native is just seven hits shy of breaking the Ole Miss career record with 216 base knocks.

The preseason “Watch List” includes 23 seniors, 18 juniors and 9 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).  Athletes named to the “Watch List” represent 32 NCAA Division I universities and 13 athletic conferences. Oklahoma leads the way among universities with five athlete representatives, while Arizona and Oregon have four athletes on the “Watch List” apiece. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is also well-represented with eight member-schools, while five universities represent the Pac-12 Conference.

The Top 25 Finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 25. 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 9 and the Top 3 announced May 23. The 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 29.

For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally, fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss softball and all of Ole Miss athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.


 

 

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