Weber State softball's Saltern named national Freshman of the Year finalist

Thursday , April 20, 2017 - 5:01 PM

This information was provided by Justin Johnson of Weber State Athletics.

In the midst of one of the most prolific offensive seasons in Weber State softball history, freshman right fielder Takesha Saltern is turning heads around the country.

Saltern, a native of Smithfield, Utah, was named a top 25 finalist for the 2017 Division I National Freshman of the Year, an award from Schutt Sports and the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association.

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She is the first player in Big Sky Conference history to be named as a Top 25 finalist.

Saltern ranks No. 15 in the nation with a .446 batting average, and is No. 25 in the nation in hits (58). Her batting average is on pace for a new single-season school record. She has six triples this year, a new Weber State single-season record and tied for the second-most in Weber State career history.

She is second in the Big Sky with 17 stolen bases, and is 17 for 18 in stolen base attempts.

The list will be trimmed to 10 finalists on May 11, then to three finalists on May 24. The Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented May 31.

Weber State (8-3 Big Sky, 24-14-1 overall) returns to action with a three-game series at Idaho State, starting at 3 p.m. Friday.

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