COLLEGE STATION -- Sharonda McDonald, a centerfielder for the Texas A&M softball team, has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the selection committee announced this week.
In just over three seasons for the Aggies, McDonald has taken over the career record for steals (143) and recently tied former All-American Jennifer McFalls for runs scored (168). The senior from Houston, Texas is currently on a 21-game hitting streak, the longest by any A&M softball player. McDonald has a career batting average of .327 and is presently hitting .344 in the lead off sport for A&M.
The list of 20 candidates for the 2007 softball award represents 20 different schools from all around the country. The lineup includes schools from 12 different conferences, led by three nominees from the Missouri Valley Conference and three from the Pacific-10.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. Lowe’s has extended the award in 2007 to include four other NCAA sports: baseball, softball, men’s hockey and men’s lacrosse. Those winners will be decided in separate balloting.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award later in April. Those ten names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning April 26 and concluding May 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the week of May 28 during the 2007 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.