LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eight finalists, one from each of the NCAA’s eight regions, have been selected for the 2019 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year award. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 22 at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Banquet in Denver, Colo.
Seven of the eight finalists were named their respective conference’s freshman of the year with Central Oklahoma’s Bailey McKittrick garnering pitcher of the year honors from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. All eight recipients earned 2019 NFCA All-Region status. McKittrick, Adelphi’s Emily Whitman, West Florida’s Teala Howard, Cameron’s Khmari Edwards and San Francisco State’s Brylynn Vallejos earned first-team recognition, while Columbus State’s Hannah Rose Corbin, Bloomsburg’s Erin DelPierre and Grand Valley State’s Lydia Goble were selected to the second team.
Six of the eight are representing their institutions for the first time with Goble also a first-time honoree from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. DelPierre is the second Husky (Taylor Winkelman – 2016) to make the top eight. Whitman joins former Panther standout Brenna Martini, who was a member of the inaugural top 25 in 2015 before the award shifted to eight finalists in 2016.
Created in 2015, the award honors the outstanding athletic achievement among freshmen softball student-athletes throughout NCAA Division II.
2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA DII National Freshman of the Year Finalists
Hannah Rose Corbin, Designated Player/Pitcher, Columbus State
Erin DelPierre, Outfield, Bloomsburg
Khmari Edwards, Second Base, Cameron
Lydia Goble, Third Base, Grand Valley State
Teala Howard, Outfield, West Florida
Bailey McKittrick, Pitcher, Central Oklahoma
Brylynn Vallejos, Outfield, San Francisco State
Emily Whitman, Second Base, Adelphi
2018 – Callie Nunes, Concordia Irvine
2017- Autumn Humes, Harding University
2016 – Charlotte Romero, Colorado Christian
2015 – Janessa Bassett, Dixie State