LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kirkwood Community College’s DoniRae Mayhew was selected the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Junior College National Player of the Year, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon. Mayhew is the second Eagle to garner the honor, joining Taylor Nearad, who took home the recognition twice in 2016 and 2017.
The award was voted on by the members of the NFCA’s Junior College All-American and Coaching Staff of the Committees, which a comprised of NJCAA I, II & III, Cal JC and NWAC.
A 2018 NFCA First Team All-American, Mayhew was an offensive force in NJCAA DII, while also contributing to the Kirkwood pitching staff. The NJCAA DII home run champion, clocked 30 long balls and also topped the national charts with 90 RBI and 191 total bases. She ranked second with a 1.079 slugging percentage and 82 runs scored. Mayhew, who garnered Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors, batted .446 with 79 hits, 18 doubles, 29 walks and a .538 on-base percentage.
In the circle, Mayhew, a University of Iowa commit, was 20-3 with a staff-best 2.08 ERA and four shutouts. She struck out 127 and allowed just 11 extra-base hits in 148 innings of work. Her 20 victories were 10th-best in NJCAA DII.