LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-five student-athletes have been selected finalists for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year awards. The winners will be announced following the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Highlighted by 2018 winner Kylee Smith of North Georgia, the list of student-athletes is represented by 23 different programs and 18 conferences. Twelve student-athletes from the original Top-50 “Watchlist” made the cut with the final group consisting of 13 seniors, six juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.
West Florida out of the Gulf South Conference and Winona State out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference each had two recipients. The Gulf South and Lone Star Conference led the way with three selections, while the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Northern Sun and Sunshine State Conference garnered two honorees.
Collecting one plaudit each was the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, East Coast Conference, Great American Conference, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Great Midwest Athletic Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, PacWest Conference, Peach Belt Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and South Athletic Conference.
The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 14 with the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on May 30, following the conclusion of the 2019 season.
New in 2019 is the announcement of two awards - Schutt Sports /NFCA Player of the Year and Schutt Sports / NFCA Pitcher of the Year. Up until the reveal of the awards, there will be one list for Top-25 and one list for Top-10. The respective winners will come from the top-10 list and will be voted on by the NFCA Division II All-American Committee.
The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.
2018 – Kylee Smith, North Georgia
2017 – Coley Ries, Minnesota State
2016 – Lindsay Butler, Wayne State University
2015 – Courtney Poole, North Georgia
2019 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player & Pitcher of the Year Top 25
Emily Benson, Western Washington University, Senior, First Base
Shelby Booker, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Sophomore, Third Base
Rosa'Lynn Burton, Wilmington University, Junior, Outfield
Georgia Capell, Tarleton State University, Sophomore, Outfield
Jordan Davis, Rollins College, Senior, Outfield
Makaleigh Dooley, University of Tampa, Senior, Pitcher
JoBi Heath, University of Central Oklahoma, Senior, Third Base
Teala Howard, University of West Florida, Freshman, Utility
Sara Keeny, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Senior, Outfield
Jordyn Kleman, Winona State University, Junior, Pitcher
Jennifer Leonhardt, University of Southern Indiana, Junior, Pitcher
Allison Lipovsky, Grand Valley State University, Senior, pitcher
Peyton Mills, Harding University, Senior, Outfield
Kylee Moore, West Texas A&M University, Senior, First Base
Callie Nunes, Concordia University Irvine, Sophomore, pitcher
MaKray Odom, Trevecca Nazarene University, Junior, Shortstop
Emily Otto, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Sophomore, Pitcher
Christa Reisinger, Truman State University, Senior, Outfield
Rhiannon Sassman, University of West Florida, Senior, Third Base
Julia Seader, Long Island University Post, Senior, Catcher
Kylee Smith, University of North Georgia, Junior, Pitcher
AnnMarie Torres, Colorado Mesa University, Junior, First Base
Brylynn Vallejos, San Francisco State University, Freshman, outfield
Lani Van Zyl, Winona State University, Senior, Shortstop
Natalie Willis, Newberry College, Senior, Shortstop