FAYETVILLE, Arkansas – A program-record three Razorbacks were named to the top 50 U.S. softball observers for the 2023 Collegiate Player of the Year award, USA Softball announced Wednesday. Chenise Delse, Christina Foreman and Hannah Gammill made this list for the first time in their careers.
“What an exciting confession for Chenise, Tina and Hannah. They have made a name for themselves nationally with their elite level of play,” said head coach Courtney Deifel. “These are very talented players who continue to improve their game, as well as the players around them. We’re thrilled to have them representing Arkansas and we’re excited to see them compete this year.”
Currently in its 21st season, the U.S. Collegiate Softball of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by female varsity Division I players from across the country.
Arkansas is one of four programs that have three or more players on the 2023 watchlist, joining Oklahoma, Florida and UCLA. Former Hogs Danielle Gibson and Mary Huff were placed on the watchlist in 2022. Gibson was the only SEC player last season to be selected as a 10 finalist for the award.
Delse became the second consecutive Hog to be named SEC Pitcher of the Year after receiving the award in 2022. As the NFCA’s No. 2 All-American team, Delse appeared in 37 games with 24 starts, going 19-3 with 11 wins and two saves. against ranked opponents (ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25). The Oklahoma City product led Arkansas with a 2.12 ERA, 188 strikeouts, 14 total games and five shutouts. Her 8.70 strikeouts on 7.0/IP is the second most in program history in a single season. During league play, Delse posted the second-highest ERA (1.87) and batting average (.207).
A Duke alumnus, Foreman was a major player on the Blue Devil roster throughout her four years at Durham. In 2022, Foreman started all 48 games she played in almost exclusively at second base. Foreman, a second-team All-ACC selection, hit .398 while hitting 15 home runs, and the program had 56 RBIs in a single season. The Tampa native had one of the best games of her career in Duke’s 2022 Regional NCAA decider win over Georgia, where she won 2-of-2 with five RBIs, two doubles and a walk, a solid showing for the most RBIs of any Blue Devils in the game. championship NCAA.
Gammill is wrapping up a sensational 2022 campaign that saw her become the youngest Razorback to win NFCA First Team All-American recognition. Product Beebe, Arkansas, started all 59 games in third place and cut .374/.781/.513 while batting for the fourth-most single-season home runs in program history with 18. Gammill posted 15 multi-hit games and 16 games . with multiple RBIs, including seven outings with more than three RBIs. Gammill accounted for 0.964 percent usage at 140 total odds.
The SEC leads all 18-athlete conferences, followed by the Big 12 conference with 11, the Pac-12 conference with seven, and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with six. Also represented are the American Athletic Conference (AAC) with three athletes and the Big Ten Conference with two, while the Mid-America Conference, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt Conference each represent one athlete.
The top 25 finalists will be announced on April 19th. While an athlete does not have to be on the watchlist to be in the top 25, the final 25 finalists will ultimately be the U.S. Softball Player of the Year. The top 10 finalists will be announced on May 3rd and the top 3 finalists will be announced on May 17th. The 2023 U.S. Student Player of the Year will be named ahead of the Women’s College World Series.
Arkansas opens its 2023 season on February 10 at the Rebel Kickoff in Las Vegas. The Hogs will take on Weber State at 4:00 pm CET before taking on tournament host UNLV at 9:00 pm.