Outon nabs preseason recognition
Senior catcher Haley Outon is one of 50 student athletes who have been named to the “Watch List” for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
It is the second consecutive season she has been named to the Preseason Watch List. Outon backed up the preseason honor last year by earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors. She led the league in home runs (16), RBI (62), slugging (.731) and walks (41) while starting all 61 games behind the plate for the Cougars.
Outon enters her senior campaign ranking second in the UH history books with 43 career home runs and fourth in RBI with 144. She trails Kristen Glowacz (2002-05, 47 home runs and 175 RBI) for the program record in both categories.
Outon is one of four American Athletic Conference student athletes named to the list, along with Katie Keller (Louisville), Sara Nevins (South Florida) and Stephanie Pasquale (Temple).
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 9. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists.