KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman sensation Caylan Arnold added another accolade to her growing list on Thursday. The Maryville, Tenn., native was named a Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 25 finalist by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association.
Arnold is the fourth player in program history to earn a spot among the 25 finalists for the award, joining Brooke Vines (2016), Meghan Gregg (2015) and Annie Aldrete (2014). Tennessee has now had a player make the list of top-25 finalists every year since the award's inception, with Aldrete being named the co-winner in 2014.
Arnold is having a stellar freshman season for the Vols with a 17-4 record, a 1.67 ERA, two saves and 115 strikeouts. Her 17 victories are tied for fifth in the SEC and her 115 punchouts are the most by a UT freshman since Ellen Renfroe had 259 in 2011. Even more impressive, six of Arnold's wins this season have come against ranked foes, including complete-game victories over then No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 9 Alabama.
The list of finalists will be cut to 10 on May 11 and will be narrowed down to three on May 24 before the winner is announced prior to the Women's College World Series on May 30.
There are 22 universities and 12 different conferences represented in the list of 25 finalists. View the complete list of finalists by clicking HERE.