Oklahoma senior infielder Caleigh Clifton was named a nominee for the 2019 Honda Sport Award, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) announced.
Clifton is one of four finalists, joining Kentucky's Abbey Cheek, Minnesota's Amber Fiser and UCLA's Rachel Garcia.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 43 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 24, 2019, in downtown Los, Angeles.
The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The Honda Sport award winner for softball will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Last week, Clifton was named a unanimous NFCA First Team All-American, one of seven student-athletes in the country to earn the distinction.
A product of Wayne, Okla., Clifton was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. She also served as the Sooners' team captain during her senior season.
Entering the 2019 Women's College World Series, Clifton ranked third nationally in slugging percentage, fourth in runs per game (1.2), sixth in on-base percentage, 11th in triples (six), 20th in total bases (136), 22nd in walks per game (.77), 27th in batting average and 28th in home runs (17).
Clifton also excelled in the classroom, earning three Academic All-Big 12 accolades as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.