Stanford's NiJaree Canady A Finalist For 2024 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

stanford's nijaree canady a finalist for 2024 usa softball collegiate player of the year

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Stanford made it all the way to the semifinals of the Women's College World Series last season, and is looking to make another title push this year.

Leading the way for them in the circle is one of the most dominant players in the sport, pitcher NiJaree Canady. The Sophomore out of Kansas is known for her iconic "stomp" after big strikeouts, and she is also known for being nearly untouchable. In the midst of what is looking like another phenomenal season, she is drawing national attention.

On Monday, the Stanford ace was named as one of the three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The honor is considered to be the highest honor in the college softball ranks, as Texas' Reese Atwood and Oklahoma State's Lexi Kilfoyl were also named as finalists.

Canady has made quite the case for herself as she leads the nation with a 0.50 ERA and is also leading the way with 279 strikeouts.

The winner will be announced on May 28 at a banquet prior to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS).

As for Stanford, thanks to Canady's stellar regional that saw her toss 19 innings and accumulate 36 strikeouts to just one walk while bolstering a 3-0 record, they advance to the super-regional stage. They are set to host LSU for what is their third-straight supers.

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