March 24, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi softball team's Danielle Block is a finalist for the 2014 Southern Miss Freshman Female of the Year.
"It is a really great honor to even be nominated for the award, but to be a finalist is incredible," Block said. "It means a lot to me. I work really hard on the field and in the classroom. Plus, I did a lot of community service hours."
Every spring the University of Southern Mississippi and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor society honor a very selective group of freshmen that have excelled both scholastically within the classroom and in leadership on campus. Because of Block's contributions in these two areas, she was nominated by members of the Golden Eagle faculty and staff for the 2014 Outstanding Freshman Female Award.
The winner of this prestigious award and all finalists will be recognized at the annual Founders' Day ceremony which will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The award has been part of Founders' Day for more than a decade.
"I am not expecting [to win] by any means, but it would be awesome," Block explained. "I know there were a lot of applicants, and there are a lot of amazing people at this school so it nice to be recognized among them."
Out of over 40 nominations, only 12 finalists were selected with Block being the only student athlete nominated. The Phoenix, Ariz. native is one of just a handful of student-athletes on campus who is a member of the Southern Miss Honors College. Block boasts a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in business administration.
On the field, Block is a pitcher for the Golden Eagles. She has made five appearances as a true freshman with three starts and three complete games. She has a complete game no-hit shutout on the season against Detroit on Feb. 22. It was the first no-hitter for the Black and Gold since Courtney Ramos tossed a no-hitter against Jackson State on Feb. 18, 2009.