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Danielle Henderson Named Top College Woman in Softball

University of Massachusetts pitcher Danielle Henderson, whose 26-game winning streak and 30-4 overall record helped lead the Minutewomen softball team to a 43-10 season and a berth in the NCAA tournament, has been named winner of the Honda Award as the top woman collegiate athlete in softball, according to the results of national balloting among NCAA-member schools. All Honda Award winners are automatically nominated for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honors.

A senior from Commack, New York (Commack High School), Henderson set a new NCAA record for consecutive scoreless innings (105) and led the nation in strikeouts with an average of 13.9 per seven innings. She pitched 234 innings, starting and completing 33 games, with 22 shoutouts (including two perfect games). She struck out 465 and posted a 0.39 earned run average that ranked second nationally. Henderson held UMass opponents to a .093 batting average.

A Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team Division I All-American this year, Henderson earned Atlantic 10 Conference Pitcher of the Year honors for the third year in a row and this year was named conference tournament MVP. Henderson, who pitched three perfect games and 14 no-hitters in her career, holds 25 UMass career recrods. Her 1,343 career strikeouts ranks second in NCAA history.

Previous Honda Award winners for softball include UCLA's Lisa Fernandez (1991-93), who was named Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in 1993.