LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ten student-athletes have been named as finalists for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Pitcher and Player of the Year award, the Association announced on Tuesday.
Two-time reigning Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year Hanna Hull of Virginia Wesleyan University, a junior pitcher, who also won Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Freshman of the Year in 2017, leads the way.
She finished her season at 29-4, with a 0.55 ERA, 20 complete games, 11 shutouts and four saves. She allowed just 84 hits, 15 earned runs and 49 walks, while striking out a Division III-best 339 over 190.1 innings.
Fellow junior pitchers Kierstin Anderson-Glass of St. Thomas, Stefanie Guercio of Carthage and Ally Wiegand of Illinois Wesleyan are also finalists.
Anderson-Glass heads into the NCAA Division III championship finals later this week with a 26-3 record and 0.66 ERA, while recording 15 shutouts and 121 strikeouts over 179 innings.
Wiegand, meanwhile, takes a 23-3 mark and Division III-best 0.40 ERA to Tyler, Texas, having walked just five batters all season, and striking out 247 over 173.1 innings. Guercio finished her season with a 21-4 mark and 0.80 ERA, walking just 38 and fanning 229 over 158.1 innings.
University of Lynchburg first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood capped her career with a powerful season, hitting .382 with a Division III-leading 21 homers and 72 RBI. In all, she collected 34 extra-base hits and scored 47 runs in 52 games.
Versatile Thomas More University senior Alix DeDreu has the most doubles (26) and second-most hits (77) in the country, while playing a mix of pitcher, second base and shortstop. For the season, she hit .490 while striking out just three times in 157 at-bats.
Marian (Wis.) University junior second baseman Ally Fox hit .511 with 39 runs, 71 hits, 10 doubles, and 28 steals this season. She ranks fourth nationally in hits and eighth in batting average.
Melissa Livermore finished her four years at the University of Texas at Dallas with an NCAA Division III-record 195 stolen bases. This season, the speedy leadoff batter hit .485 with 38 runs, 63 hits, 20 RBI and 41 steals in 44 attempts.
Patty Maye Ohanian, who made the final 10 as a freshman last season, closed another solid campaign with a .455 average, 47 runs, 66 hits, 13 doubles, a triple, 14 homers and 53 RBI for Christopher Newport University.
Pfeiffer senior shortstop Vada Blue Sherrill put amazing numbers up again this season, batting .482 with 75 runs, 67 hits, 18 doubles, a triple, 15 homers, and 58 RBI in 43 games. She also stole 52 bases in 56 tries, and walked 28 times, while striking out just six.
Hull, Ohanian and Wiegand were all among the final 10 student-athletes on the list last season.
The Atlantic region has the most representatives remaining on the list, with four, followed by the Great Lakes with three. The Central, Midwest and West each have one finalist. There are five juniors, four seniors and one sophomore being recognized.
The list started with 50 names before the season, and was reduced to 25 ahead of NCAA regionals. The winners of the Player of the Year and new Pitcher of the Year honors will come from this group of 10 finalists and be announced following the completion of the NCAA championship finals in Tyler, Texas.
The list is compiled annually by the NFCA’s Division III All-America committee.
2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year Top 10
Kierstin Anderson-Glass, Jr., P, University of St. Thomas (Minn.)
Mackenzie Chitwood, Sr., 1B, University of Lynchburg
Alix DeDreu, Sr., UTIL, Thomas More University
Ally Fox, Jr., 2B, Marian University (Wis.)
Stefanie Guercio, Jr., P, Carthage College
Hanna Hull, Jr., P, Virginia Wesleyan University
Melissa Livermore, Sr., OF, University of Texas at Dallas
Patty Maye Ohanian, So., OF, Christopher Newport University
Vada Blue Sherrill, Sr., SS, Pfeiffer University
Ally Wiegand, Jr., P, Illinois Wesleyan University
Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Players of the Year
2018 — Hanna Hull, P, Virginia Wesleyan University
2017 — Hanna Hull, P, Virginia Wesleyan University
2016 — Kelsie Batten, P, University of Texas at Tyler