WACO, Texas – Baylor softball’s Kyla Walker was named a Top 25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, announced Thursday by the NFCA.
In the second year of the award recognizing the country’s top freshman student-athlete, Walker is Baylor’s first to make the Top 25 watch list.
Walker has been sensational after a late start to the season coming back from a preseason injury. The lefty-hitting freshman currently leads the team in batting average, in addition to leading the Big 12 in conference play.
Her .514 average and 18 hits in conference-only games leads the league, while her .424 overall clip has her on-pace for one of the top hitting seasons in program history.
A familiar name for Lady Bear softball fans, Walker’s older sister, Kayce, was an All-Big 12 outfielder at Baylor from 2009-2012. Additionally, Kayce holds the program record for single-season batting average, hitting .413 in her freshman season in 2009.