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2020 NCAA Freshman Player of the Year: Maya Brady

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(Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics)

Maya Brady may have been destined for athletic success based on the achievements of the accomplished athletes in her family, but she is defining her own legacy at UCLA.

As a freshman this season, Brady posted a .356 batting average with seven home runs, 28 RBI and 22 runs scored for the Bruins, who finished the abbreviated 2020 campaign as Softball America's No. 2 team in the country with a record of 25-1.

She held things down wherever UCLA's coaching staff asked her to play in her rookie campaign, and she demonstrated a level of athleticism between the white lines that is almost unparalleled in the college game today.

Brady, Softball America’s second overall 2019 high school softball recruit, will have four years of collegiate eligibility remaining thanks to the NCAA's decision to grant eligibility relief to all spring student-athletes who had their 2020 season impacted by the recent worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

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