The awards for UK softball’s Abbey Cheek keep piling up. Today the senior third baseman won 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Softball Player of the Year.
Cheek is the first ever Kentucky Wildcat to take home this award. Last week Cheek was named a unanimous All-American by The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association), the first Wildcat to ever receive the honor.
Earlier in the year, Cheek was a top 10 finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year and was voted as a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member for the first time in her career.
In her career at Kentucky, Cheek solidified herself as the best offensive player in UK history by shattering numerous offensive records. She holds the school record for home runs at 61, RBIs with 202, 40 more than the previous school record, and the record for runs scored with 163.
This season alone, Cheek was top-three for single-season marks in batting average (3rd, .428), home runs (2nd, 20), runs scored (2nd, 54), total bases (1st, 138), on-base percentage (1st, .602), slugging (1st, .902) and walks (1st, 64).
In Apri, she was selected 14th overall by the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft.
A huge honor for the best softball player in Kentucky history. Congrats Abbey!