ISU softball: Burnett named USA Softball POY finalist
Idaho State senior outfielder Kacie Burnett is a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. Burnett is the first Bengal softball player to be named a finalist for a national player of the year award.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement of Division I players across the country.
The award is voted on by coaching representatives from 10 Division I conferences in the 10 USA Softball Regions, members of the media who consistently cover Division I softball across the country, as well as past winners of the award.
This year’s finalists includes 23 seniors, eight juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The student-athletes represent 23 NCAA Division I universities and 11 different conferences.
Prior to the start of postseason play, the list will be narrowed May 10 to the top 10 finalists. The top 3 will be announced May 24, while the winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed May 30 prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Burnett is one of only six players on the list who are from a non-power five conference. Going into this weekends series at Southern Utah, the senior outfielder is hitting .478. She has also scored 21 runs, tallied 44 hits, stolen 16 bases and has a .630 slugging percentage.
Burnett has a career batting average of .457. She sits atop the ISU record book in hits (289), runs (200), triples (17) and stolen bases (107).