Bledsoe Selected as Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award|
Emily Bledsoe was selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.
Feb. 15, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior Emily Bledsoe was named Wednesday one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award that is presented annually to the top softball student-athlete who excels not only on the diamond but also in the classroom and community.
Bledsoe, a Fulshear, Texas native, has been a regular in the Tech lineup since stepping foot on campus as she has started in all 176 games during that stretch, mainly at third base. A career .324 hitter, Bledsoe is already the school's career doubles leader and ranks among the top 10 in most career offensive categories and several single-season records as well.
After each of the last two seasons, Bledsoe has been honored on the All-Big 12 second team while also picking up NFCA All-Central Region accolades following the 2011 season. She was named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List prior to this season by the American Softball Association (ASA) of America, becoming the first player in school history to be up for the award.
In addition to her work on the diamond, Bledsoe has become a regular in the Tech community, volunteering at several local elementary schools throughout the week while also joining her teammates for local children's hospital visits and work with both the Special Olympics and High Point Village.
She has also excelled in the classroom, earning several accolades while majoring in advertising. A two-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection, Bledsoe has been honored on the university's Dean List throughout her tenure and was selected to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Bledsoe is one of two Big 12 candidates up for the award, joining Oklahoma State infielder Chelsea Garcia. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas on excellence - community, class, character and competition.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 student-athletes will be played on a national ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four "C's" of community, classroom, character and competition.
Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner during the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series held May 31-June 6 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.