Amanda Sanchez Named to USA Softball Top 26 Watch List

by Chelsey Chamberlain
Amanda Sanchez Named to USA Softball Top 26 Watch List

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior infielder Amanda Sanchez has been named to the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 26 “Watch List” the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.

Sanchez is leading the Tigers and is third in the league with a .425 batting average. She owns 16 doubles and seven home runs on the year for 50 RBI, which is second on the team. In 47 games played, Sanchez has a .733 slugging percentage and a team-leading .587 on-base percentage.

The West Covina, California native has 15 multi-RBI games, 15 multi-hit games and is currently on a two-game hitting streak. She has reached base in the last two games and her longest on-base streak was 26 straight games.

The Finalists include 10 seniors, nine juniors and four sophomores and three freshmen representing 18 NCAA Division I universities and nine athletic conferences.

Among the universities, Arizona has three student-athletes among the list of Finalists, followed by Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington with two student-athletes. Drake, Georgia, James Madison, Kentucky, Louisiana, LSU, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern, USF and Wisconsin also are represented by one student-athlete. 

The list of 26 Finalists will be narrowed to the 10 Finalists on May 8 before the Top 3 Finalists will be announced on May 22. The 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 28. 

LSU is currently 38-11 on the year after an 8-0 five-inning victory over ULM Tuesday evening. The Tigers are in second-place behind Alabama with a 14-7 record in the SEC.

The Tigers will take its final break from SEC action this weekend, traveling to Baylor for a three-game series. The Tigers open the weekend against the Bears at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

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