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Midseason Recognition: Freshmen Players of the Year

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Over the next several days, Softball America will release its midseason recognition. Each category will feature three athletes who we think you should keep a close eye on for the second half of the season.

Up next is Freshmen Players of the Year. The three players represented in this category are all so different. One leads the No. 1 team in the country in batting average, another is a two-way player and the third didn't wasn't a starter to begin the season.

Kelli Godin, UCLA

Kelli Godin leads the potent UCLA offense with a .515 batting average and a .556 on-base percentage. Her batting average is second-best in the country.

The former high school track star uses her speed that set a school record in the 100 to her advantage. She has 34 hits in 66 at-bats with 28 runs scored and 18 stolen bases.

She tied a career-high and UCLA single-game record with three stolen bases against Saint Mary’s and has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice this season.

Danielle Williams, Northwestern

Freshman Danielle Williams has taken the Big Ten by storm. She has become the ace of the No. 25 team in the country and has a 17-3 record with a 1.17 earned run average.

Of her 23 appearances, she has pitched 15 complete games, 117.1 innings and opponents are hitting .166. She also has one save to her name.

Offensively, she is hitting .261 in 46 at-bats. She hit her first-career home run on March 23 against Rutgers and has three multi-RBI games this season.

Jazmyn Rollin, Missouri

Jazmyn Rollin can be the next true superstar athlete for Missouri. She spent the first 14 games of the season as a pinch hitter until Feb. 23 when she started at shortstop and she’s never looked back.

She leads the Missouri offense with a .451 batting average, .831 slugging, .529 on-base percentage, nine stolen bases and 27 runs scored. Now, she has only started 19 games but in 71 at-bats, she is second on the team in home runs (seven) and hits (32). She is third in RBIs (24) and doubles (six).

In conference play against Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, she is hitting .308 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs.

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