LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fifty student-athletes from across the country were revealed as part of the 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards list.
The Player of the Year award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievements among softball student-athletes throughout NCAA Division II. In 2019, the Association expanded the award to include a Player and Pitcher of the Year. The list is compiled and the award is voted on by the elected members of the NFCA Division II All-American Committee with one head coach representing each of the eight NCAA regions. To be eligible, a student-athletes’ head coach must be a member.
Headlining the list are 14 returning NFCA All-Americans*. In all, the group consists of two graduate students, 17 seniors, 17 juniors, 11 sophomores, and three freshmen representing 42 programs from 18 different conferences.
*Includes student-athletes from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), who earned All-America status in 2019, but did not compete in 2021 due to COVID-19 policies.
The Lone Star Conference topped all leagues with seven honorees, followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference with six representatives. The CCAA and South Atlantic Conference each had five student-athletes, with the Northern Sun coming in with four.
The Top 25 finalists for the 2022 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards will be announced on May 5. A student-athlete does not have to be on the Top 50 list to be considered for the Top 25. The winner of each award will be announced on June 2, following the conclusion of the 2022 season.
Past winners of the award are West Texas A&M’s Shanna McBroom (Player / 2021), Saint Anselm’s Morgan Perry (Pitcher / 2021), LIU Post’s Julia Seader (Player / 2019), Grand Valley State’s Allison Lipovsky (Pitcher / 2019), North Georgia’s Kylee Smith (2018), Minnesota State’s Coley Ries (2017), Wayne State University’s Lindsay Butler (2016) and North Georgia’s Courtney Poole (2015). The award was not presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Hannah Beatus, Grand Valley State||Andrea Morales, Rogers State|
|Kristina Bettis, Drury||Erika Morris, Concordia Irvine|
|Kayson Boatner, Anderson||Cheyenne Nelson, Florida Tech|
|Sidney Booth, Northwest Nazarene||Jamie Odlum, Minot State|
|Carly Chovanec, Illinois Springfield||Matisen Onefrei, Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|Torri Chute, Augustana||Jenna Osikowicz, Seton Hill|
|Hannah Rose Corbin, Columbus State||Emily Otto, Texas A&M University-Commerce|
|Savannah Coyle, Cal State San Marcos||Mary Pardo, Augustana|
|Paige Donnelly, Cal State San Marcos||Ashley Perez, UT Tyler|
|Kylie Emanuele, Mount Olive||Lauren Rakes, Lenoir-Rhyne|
|Katlin Entrup, Concordia Irvine||Tymber Riley, Arkansas Tech|
|Lexi Fair, Southern Indiana||Hannah Rose, Charleston|
|Taylor Franco, Lubbock Christian||Ruby Salzman, West Texas A&M|
|Lydia Goble, Grand Valley State||Paxton Scheurer, Angelo State|
|Emily Harris, Carson Newman||Ziara Shreter, Adelphi University|
|Micaela Harris, Cal Poly Humboldt||Bayli Simon, UT-Tyler|
|Teala Howard, West Florida||Kenzee Smith, University of Indianapolis|
|Hannah Hudson, West Virginia Wesleyan||Leah Sohm, Carson Newman|
|Taylor Lambert, Pittsburg State||Olivia Stansbury, McKendree|
|Brooke Larsen, Chico State||Kaitlyn Stufft, Georgian Court|
|Hannah Marsteller, Shippensburg||Brylynn Vallejos, San Francisco State|
|Gia Martin, Auburn Montgomery||Mackenzie Ward, Minnesota State|
|Megan Massa, Concordia Irvine||Amanda Weyh, Lindenwood|
|Laken Maxwell, Anderson||Tia Williams, Nova Southeastern|
|Jacee Minter, Central Oklahoma||Zoe Willis, Georgia Southwestern|