Missouri senior outfielder Rhea Taylor and sophomore shortstop Jenna Marston have been selected to USA Softball’s Top 50 Watch List for the 2011 College Player of the Year Award, by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA).
Taylor, coming off her second career All-America honor in 2010 has selected to the preseason watch list for the second straight season. Last year, the Buford, Ga., native led the Big 12 and set a new Missouri record with a .452 batting average, which was the ninth-highest in the country. She recorded the third-most triples in the country with eight, belted a career-best eight home runs and tied her own single-season school record with 64 runs scored. On March 31, she broke the 21-year-old school record for most career stolen bases (110), and is closing on the Big 12 Conference overall record. Taylor was a Top 25 finalist for this award last season.
Marston earns the preseason recognition after an outstanding freshman campaign that saw her start 63 of the team’s 64 games. She collected the second most hits amongst Big 12 players, while also coming in fifth in runs scored and tying for third in the conference in doubles. Her 16 doubles were the third most in a single season in program history, and her 68 hits tie her for 10th most in a season. Marston had 15 multi-hit games during the year, the second-most on the team, and led all Tigers with 13 multi-RBI games. She was recognized for her successful campaign by being named a First Team All-Big 12 selection and was a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree.