February 3, 2015
Tysinger Selected To Player of the Year Watch List
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that 50 student-athletes from across the country have been selected to the watch list for the inaugural Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award. Included on the watch list is Catawba College junior pitcher Carley Tysinger (Lexington, NC/Central Davidson HS).
Tysinger finished last year with a 1.29 ERA in 189.2 innings pitched to rank 13th in the NCAA. Tysinger added 293 strikeouts on the year including a single game record of 27 during the conference tournament. Her strikeout total ranked sixth in the nation.
Behind the collaboration between the NFCA and the NCAA Division II Head Coaches Committee, and the generosity of Schutt Sports, the award was created to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.
This inaugural group consists of 29 seniors, 14 juniors and seven sophomores that represent 37 programs from 18 different conferences across the country. Nine programs garnered multiple candidates, including Caldwell, out of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), boasting five selections. Defending national champion and Lone Star Conference representative West Texas A&M picked up three nominations, while seven more institutions had two apiece.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference paced the way with five of its schools and seven student-athletes. The Lone Star and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) each had four programs with seven and five student-athletes, respectively. The Pacific West Conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association followed with three, while the ECC, Heartland Conference, Northeast-10 Conference and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference garnered two apiece.
The Top 25 finalists for the 2015 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 8. While an athlete does not have to be on watch list to be considered for the Top 25, the winner will come from the 25 finalists. The Top 10 finalists will be announced on April 30 and the Top 3 on May 13 or 14 with the 2015 Division II National Player of the Year revealed on May 26.
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