Utah second baseman Hannah Flippen is one of the top 25 finalists for the inaugural NFCA Freshman of the Year award.
April 18, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Utah softball second baseman Hannah Flippen was selected as one of the top 25 finalists for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's National Freshman of the Year award, which will be presented prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Flippen is second on the Utah roster with a .364 batting average in league games and ranks second on the Ute squad with a .384 batting average in all games this season.
The Bonita, Calif., native is second in the league with 20 double plays turned this season and tied for second in the Pac-12's overall stats with three triples. She is also second on the team with 13 multi-hit games this season to go with 48 hits and 21 RBI.
Flippen went 4-for-5 with four RBI against Northwestern (2/8) before going for two hits and two RBI against Toledo (2/14). She tagged a three-run homer against Seattle (2/15) and a two-run round-tripper against Hawaii (2/16). Flippen had two hits in three official at-bats with a run scored against Ole Miss (3/3) before recording two hits with a double and RBI against Utah State (3/3). She went 2-for-4 in the series opener at No. 5 Washington (3/14) and then had a hit, RBI and drew a walk in the second game of the series against the fifth-ranked Huskies (3/15). She went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored against BYU (3/20) before going for three hits in four at-bats with a pair of doubles and two RBI against No. 3 Oregon (3/22). She also had a triple against the Ducks (3/23) and then posted a 2-for-3 day with a run scored in the series finale with the Ducks (3/24). Flippen had a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI at UCLA (3/29). She drove an RBI single in the first game of a doubleheader at Weber State (4/8) and went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI in the second game of the twin bill. She also drove in a run at No. 6 Arizona State (4/12) before homering for the third time this season during the second game of a doubleheader at Utah Valley (4/14). Most recently, she connected for an RBI single and scored twice in Utah's 12-7 win over Stanford (4/18).
The list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists on May 8, while the top three finalists will be selected and released on 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.
The middle game of Utah's series against Stanford will be televised on Pac-12 Networks today at 3 p.m. MT with Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Teri Goldberg (Analyst) on the call.