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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Twenty-five student-athletes are in the running for the 2019 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, announced the Association on Thursday afternoon. The winner will be presented prior to the start of the 2019 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

This year’s finalists hail from 23 different universities and represent 16 Division I conferences from across the nation. UCLA out of the Pac-12 and Virginia Tech from the Atlantic Coast Conference each had two selections. The Southeastern Conference led the way with four honorees, while the Big Ten earned three. The ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Mountain West had two nods each.

Leagues with a selection apiece were the American Athletic Conference, America East Conference, BIG EAST Conference, Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southland Conference.

Northern Illinois University’s (MAC) Katie Keller, University of Pennsylvania’s (Ivy League) Emma Nedley and University of Maryland Baltimore County’s (America East) Courtney Coppersmith are the first to represent their university and conference. Student-athletes from Fresno State, Howard University, Stephen F. Austin, Utah State University and Virginia Tech are their program’s first honorees.

On May 9, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 and the top three finalists will be released on May 21. The Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony at the Women’s College World Series banquet on May 28.

The Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award was created in 2014 to honor outstanding athletic achievement among Division I freshmen softball student-athletes. 

Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year

2018 – Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma

2017 – Rachel Garcia, UCLA

2016 – Amanda Lorenz, Florida

2015 – Paige Parker, Oklahoma

2014 – Annie Aldrete, Tennessee & Kasey Cooper, Auburn

 

2019 NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 25

Jayme Bailey, UT, Virginia Tech

Kelsey Bennett, 3B, Virginia Tech

Lexie Blair, OF, Michigan

Peyton Cody, C, St. John's

Courtney Coppersmith, P, UMBC

Chenise Delce, P, Tulsa

Natalie DenHartog, OF, Minnesota

Kalita Dennis, 2B, Howard

Megan Faraimo, P, UCLA

Lacey Fincher, 1B, Georgia

Montana Fouts, P, Alabama

Meghan Giordano, 3B, Hofstra 

Kelli Godin, OF, UCLA

Grace Green, 1B, Oklahoma

Katie Keller, 1B, Northern Illinois 

Emma Nedley, OF, Penn

Shealyn O'Leary, P, Texas

Lexi Orozco, SS, Utah State 

Autumn Owen, C, Gardner-Webb

Calista Phippen, P, Marist

Ashley Rogers, P, Tennessee

Jazmyn Rollin, SS, Missouri

Kassidy Wilbur, P, Stephen F. Austin

Danielle Williams, P, Northwestern 

McKenzie Wilson, OF, Fresno State

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