Oct. 28, 2005
ORLANDO - Former UCF softball standout Stephanie Best recently received recognition as a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The honor is given to outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community service.
Best, a three-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Year recipient as a short stop for the Golden Knights, was an inaugural member of the UCF softball team in the fall of 2001. In her four-year career, Best holds the record for highest batting average (.384), slugging percentage (.756), on-base percentage (.487), runs (216), RBI (213), hits (285), home runs (71) and total bases (562). She also holds the record for most RBI in a game (11 vs. Army).
In addition to her records at UCF, she also has a place in the NCAA record books. Best holds the record for most RBI in a game and is second for most home runs in a game with three, while also ranking sixth for career homeruns and ninth for slugging percentage. In 2005, Best led the nation in homeruns with 26 and ranked second in walks with 59.
Off the field, Best was named to the UCF Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the A-Sun All-Academic Team. Nationally, Best was also recognized for her achievement in the classroom as a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District III First Team in 2003 and 2004 and Second Team in 2005.
"Stephanie has given so much of herself to UCF and the community. I am so pleased to see her being honored with this nomination," said head softball coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. "It has been a pleasure to have coached her for the last four years. I know that Stephanie will be successful in her future endeavors."
Currently, Best is playing professional softball for the New England Riptide while she completes her liberal studies degree.