Senior right-handed pitcher Lauren Haeger was named the 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year on Tuesday, making her the first player in Florida Gators softball history to bring home the honor, which has been awarded since 2002.
Haeger (28-1, 1.24 ERA) has been dominant for No. 1 Florida (55-6) this season, striking out 194 batters in 186.1 innings while tossing 20 complete games and 11 shutouts. She is currently on a 30-inning shutout streak, the last 29 of which have come in 2015 NCAA Tournament play (4-0), and was previously named 2015 SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Also tremendous for the Gators at the plate, Haeger is batting .329 and has been in the lineup for all 61 of UF’s games. She leads the way for Florida this season with 64 RBI and 43 walks and is second in home runs (16), hits (57), total bases (113) and slugging (.653). Haeger is also the UF and SEC career leader in homers (67).
Haeger, who is the active NCAA leader in games played (255) and is the first player in NCAA softball history to hit 60 homers and win 60 games in a career, has helped propel the Gators into the 2015 Women’s College World Series for the third straight season and seventh time in the last eight years.
Florida is the No. 1 overall seed in the event and will open up against No. 8 Tennessee on Thursday at noon in Oklahoma City.
— ASA and USA Softball (@ASAUSASoftball) May 27, 2015