After making history in back-to-back seasons at Florida, it looks like the rest of the sports world is finally noticing softball star Lauren Haeger.
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ESPN has nominated Haeger for two ESPY awards, Best Female Athlete and Best Championship Performance according to Gatorzone.com.
Haeger’s senior year can only really be described in one word: stellar.
She is only the third softball player to win the three major awards in one season—Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player, USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and the Honda Award.
Besides her senior year, Haeger’s career at Florida has been legendary. She is the SEC career leader in homers (71) and holds the school record for RBIs (260).
Haeger is equally proficient on mound; she finished 2015 with a record of 32-5 and was named the 2015 SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Bet you wouldn’t guess this next fact: Haeger’s 71 homeruns and 73 pitching victories places her with Babe Ruth as the only players in NCAA Softball, NCAA Baseball or Major League Baseball history to record 70 or more homeruns and wins in a career.
Anytime you’re compared to “The Babe,” you know you’re good.
With all that said, Haeger is a long shot to win the Best Championship Performance ESPY. Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, LeBron James and the Triple Crown-winning horse, American Pharoah are also nominated for the award.
Still, to even be mentioned with performances like those makes Heager an all-time great in Gators history.
The ESPYS are set to take place on Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Should Heager win for Best Championship Performance or Best Female Athlete? Should she win both ESPYS? Let us know what you think!