KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Senior infielder Aubrey Leach was named one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
This season, Leach continues to display excellence both on and off the field.
Currently a Vol Scholar, she is a three-time Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the SEC Spring Honor Roll the past three years. She has made the dean's list seven times, most recently earning Summa Cum Laude honors in Fall 2018.
Within the community, Leach has volunteered on numerous projects and has helped with Knoxville Challenger Games at UT. During the summer of 2017, she took part in the VOLeaders Academy's 13-day study-abroad trip to Vietnam where she and fellow Tennessee student-athletes learned about the nation's culture and used sports as a means to enact positive change.
On the diamond, Leach remains one of the nation's top talents. A USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist in 2018, she earned preseason All-America accolades from FPN and JWOS. She was also named to the Preseason All-SEC Team. Leach currently ranks fifth in the SEC and 34th in the country with a .433 batting average. Nationally, she's ranked in the top 17 in two other categories with a .549 on-base percentage (17th) and 1.15 runs per game (15th)
The Woodlands, Texas, native set Tennessee's single-season record for runs scored and led the nation in 2018 in that category with 80. She is the NCAA DI active career leader in runs scored with 228 and is second in walks with 144.
Leach is one of four Southeastern Conference student-athletes to be tabbed a finalist.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced earlier this season. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 20. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award recipient for softball will be announced prior to the 2019 NCAA Women's College World Series® in Oklahoma City, May 30 through June 5.