Upstate’s Miller Named A-Sun’s NCAA Woman of the Year
Spartanburg, S.C. – Former USC Upstate softball pitcher Anna Miller, who has already been named the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and a Capital One First Team Academic All-American, has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference's NCAA Woman of the Year for 2013-14, announced the league at its conference meetings.
Miller graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration (marketing) and is a current member of the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch league. She will now be placed in consideration for NCAA Woman of the Year honors. The NCAA will take the list of conference winners and select its Top 30 for consideration of the national award. From there, 10 finalists will be announced prior to the selection of the NCAA Woman of the Year for 2014.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award was established in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of female student-athletes. It not only celebrates the athletic accomplishments of the student-athletes, but also the excellence achieved in academics, community service and leadership.
Miller's selection as the A-Sun's Woman of the Year is the latest in a long list of awards and honor she has received in 2014. In addition to earning first team Academic All-America honors, she was named the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball, a first team academic all-district selection, a second team all-region honoree, the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and first team all-conference.
While impressive on the field, Miller was even more accomplished in the classroom. She carried a 3.98 GPA and was named the Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Year at Upstate. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society and earned the Upstate Excellence in Marketing Award. Previously, she was named an NFCA Scholar Athlete, A-Sun All-Academic and A-Sun Conference Scholar in 2013. She was a two-time CCCAA Scholar Athlete selection as a standout at the College of the Siskiyous in California.
Miller turned in a standout season in the circle for Upstate while continuing to thrive in the classroom. She helped lead Upstate to a 46-9 record, breaking the school's Division I era record for wins. She helped the Spartans to a 22-2 A-Sun record and the regular season conference championship. The Spartans were ranked in the two major national Top 25 polls for seven weeks during the season, including the last six heading into the NCAA Tournament. She also helped lead the team to the top spot in the nation in ERA for two straight weeks at the end of the season. Finally, she helped lead the Spartans to their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament with Upstate earning an at-large selection to the Tuscaloosa Regional.
Individually, Miller finished the season with a 19-5 overall record. She led the Spartans with 19 wins, a 1.41 ERA, 241 strikeouts, .168 opponent batting average and 149.0 innings pitched. She battled for the national lead in strikeouts per game, entering the NCAA Tournament in a dead heat for the national lead. She tossed four no-hitters in 2014 alone, increasing her total to a Spartan record-tying six in her two year career after transferring to Upstate from Siskiyous. She was named the NFCA National Player of the Week after tossing back-to-back no-hitters against Gardner-Webb and Liberty.
Miller earned A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and first team all-conference honors after turning in a 10-1 record in A-Sun play during the season. Two of her no-hitters came against A-Sun foes Northern Kentucky and ETSU. She finished the season leading the conference in strikeouts and opponent batting average while ranking second in ERA and third in wins. Against A-Sun-only competition, she finished the season leading the conference in ERA, strikeouts and opponent batting average while ranking second in wins. She was selected by the Pennsylvania Rebellion in the fourth round of the National Pro Fastpitch league, becoming just the second Spartan to be drafted into women's professional softball. She signed her two-year contract and made her first appearance earlier this week.
In addition to her academic and athletic work, she also served as a volunteer and intern in the Upstate Athletic Marketing office and served on several service projects in her two years in Spartanburg. She volunteered with organizations such as the Carolina Miracle League, helping young players via the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball Camp and assisting in the provision of food and necessary items drive for a local shelter.