Atlee Named Finalist for 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA National Freshman of the Year

April 20, 2017

LOUISVILLE, KY. – Rutgers softball rookie Taryn Atlee has been named a finalist for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, the organization announced Thursday. The Sacramento, California, native finds her name among the top 25 freshmen in the nation.

“It is a great honor to have Taryn earn the top 25 cut in the Freshman of the Year Award,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “Taryn is the epitome of a team player. She is great to coach and is always looking for ways to improve her game. When things need to be done for the team she doesn’t wait for us to ask, she just does it. This is one example of her humbleness that speaks volumes about her character. That is who she is, a great talent always working to get better and a great teammate always looking to help her teammates.”

Atlee has started all 40 contests as the leadoff hitter in her first season as a Scarlet Knight. The second baseman’s stat line includes a .410 batting average, 55 hits, seven doubles, four triples and a home run. Atlee ranks third in the Big Ten in batting average, and is second in hits and triples. She also sits sixth with a .436 average in league games only.

Highlighting her freshman campaign, Atlee reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances from March 24-29, tied for seventh in the NCAA DI Softball Record Book. She also boasted eight consecutive hits during the streak.

"It's a great honor to be able to represent my team, the University, and the Big Ten," said Atlee. "It's a testament to the dedication and passion I have for softball. This recognition only encourages me to continue to work hard."

The award was created in 2014 from an idea to honor outstanding athletic achievement among Division I freshmen softball student-athletes. On Thursday, May 11, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top three finalists will be selected and released on Wednesday, May 24. The Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 31.




Rachel Anderson      Outfield                       Southeast Missouri State University

Caylan Arnold           Pitcher                         Tennessee

Taryn Atlee                Second Base               Rutgers

Maggie Balint            Pitcher                         Oregon

Alyssa Barrera          Outfield                       Utah

Sis Bates                  Second Base               Washington

Amber Bishop           Second Base                Liberty

Braxton Burnside      Shortstop                     Missouri

Jenna Cone               Third Base                   George Washington

Alyssa Denham         Pitcher                         Louisiana

Rachel Garcia           Pitcher/DP                  UCLA

Jessie Harper            First Base                    Arizona

Bailey Hemphill         DP/C                            Alabama

Ryan Jackson           Outfield                       Bethune-Cookman

Kendyl Lindaman      Catcher                       Minnesota

Mariah Lopez            Pitcher                         Oklahoma

Shelby McGlaun       DP/Pitcher                  Baylor      

Dejah Mulipola          Catcher                       Arizona

Alyssa Palomino       Outfield                       Arizona

MaKenna Partain      Second Base               Minnesota

Brittany Pickett          Pitcher/First Base      North Carolina

Linda Rush                Shortstop                    Drexel

Takesha Saltern        Outfield                       Weber State

Olivia Tamewitz         Outfield                       Kennesaw State

Sami Williams           Second Base               Iowa State

The full release of the finalists can be found here.

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