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2021 NCAA Defensive Player Of The Year: Sis Bates

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Sis Bates of Washington is Softball America's NCAA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2021 college softball season.

Bates, who is now a three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, joined Stanford's Rosey Neill this season as the only other player in conference history to earn the award three times.

The UW graduate student made just three errors throughout the 2021 season, during which she played every inning of every game at shortstop for the Huskies. Bates' career fielding percentage is .982, granting her the second-highest mark of any middle infielder in UW history.

She accumulated just five total errors at shortstop since the start of the 2019 campaign, which covered a span of 125 contests.

Bates, who is also Washington's all-time hits leader, was drafted by Athletes Unlimited to become a professional softball player last month. She will bring her wealth of defensive experience to the professional softball stage later this summer.

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