Release from Georgia State Athletics:
Ivie Drake, a sophomore on the Georgia State softball team, was named to the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 “Watch List”. Drake is one of only 10 sophomores on the list and one of three representatives of the Sun Belt.
“This is a great honor for both Ivie as an individual player and Georgia State University and our softball program,” head coach Roger Kincaid said. “She is a great student-athlete and always represents our team in a positive way. This is great publicity for Panther Softball.”
As a freshman in 2015, The Carlton, Ga. native was NFCA All-America second-team, NFCA Finalist for Freshman of the Year, NFCA All-Region, Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, All-Sun Belt first-team, Sun Belt All-Tournament, and won three SBC Player of the Week awards. She hit .462 with 22 HR, 16 2B, 67 RBI and a .918 slugging %, while breaking the GSU single-season records for batting average, hits, RBI, runs scored, HR and slugging %.
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 13. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 11 and the Top 3 announcedMay 25. The 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 31.