Glover on USA Softball Top 50 Watch List

OKLAHOMA CITY-Boise State junior Tara Glover was named to the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List, Friday, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball. It is the second-straight year Boise State has been represented on the prominent list.

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is the most prestigious individual honor in NCAA Division I Softball. The 25 finalists for the 2013 award will be announced April 10. The list will be whittled down to 10 (May 8) and three (May 22), before the player of the year is announced May 28, prior to the start of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Glover returns for the 2013 season as the only All-American in school history. She garnered third-team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association at the conclusion of her sophomore campaign, Glover's first with the Broncos after transferring from Utah. She started all 54 games in center field for Boise State and has started all 105 games her teams have played in her career. Glover enters her junior season averaging 1.36 hits per game for her career.

During the 2012 regular season Glover led the NCAA in hits (88) and hits per game (1.63). Her .476 batting average ranked third in the country and set single-season school and conference records. She reached base safely in 52 of Boise State's 54 games, collecting a base hit in 49 of them, including 29 multi-hit games. The Grants Pass, Ore., native led the Broncos in batting average, slugging percentage (.708), on-base percentage (.510), hits, runs (54), doubles (14), triples (four) and steals (18) last season, guiding the team to a school-record 34 wins.

Boise State junior Devon Bridges was named to the 2012 watch list, prior to her sophomore campaign.

San Diego State junior Hayley Miles also made the cut in 2013, giving the MW multiple student-athletes on the top-50 watch list for the first time in the award's 12-year history.

Glover and Miles, the 2012 Mountain West Co-Players of the Year, are the sixth and seventh student-athletes in Mountain West history named to the watch list. BYU's Oli Keohohou (2003 and 2004) and Jessica Purcell-Fitu (2010 and 2011) are the only repeat honorees.

Boise State's fifth season of softball begins Feb. 8, against Portland State at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

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