SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The USCAA national office announced on Sunday at the Softball National Championship banquet that senior Emma Riffe has been named the 2017 USCAA Softball Player of the Year.
This is the third consecutive year a Pomeroy has been award Player of the Year. Sarah Burnham won in the previous two years. In order to be considered for the USCAA Softball Player of the Year Award, a student-athlete must be in the top five of vote getters during the USCAA All-American voting process.
"I was at a loss for words after the award ceremony," stated Riffe. "I'm blessed to have received these honors out of all the talented girls on my own team and in the USCAA! Big thank you to everyone who has shaped me into the player I am today, I wouldn't be able to receive these awards without you! I'm so humbled and can't wait to see what the rest of the tournament has in store for us!"
Riffe led the Pomeroys in six hitting categories (47 hits, 13 doubles, 37 RBI's, .522 batting average, .585 fielding percentage, and .700 slugging percentage). She finished the season with 90 at bats, without striking out once, and 34 runs scored.
"Emma has been an extremely hard worker her entire career and I couldn't think of a better person to receive this award," commented Coach Feller.
Riffe was also ranked in several categories in the USCAA:
.522 Batting Average—5th
34 runs scored—T9th
The #1 Pomeroys will face either #8 Penn State Beaver or #9 UC Clermont today at 8pm on day one of the USCAA National Championship in Akron, Ohio. The game will be played in Firestone Stadium and will feature LIVE stats and video.