Softball's Chitwood, Mabry earn All-America honors

Cutout images of Taylor Mabry and Mackenzie Chitwood on white background with NFCA logo and black text, All-America

Tyler, Texas -- For the second time in program history, University of Lynchburg's softball team landed two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-America teams, the NFCA announced late Wednesday night.

Senior first baseman Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) became the program's second-ever first-team All-American, while senior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) earned a spot on the nation's third team.

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The two Lynchburg sluggers combined for 36 home runs and 114 RBI in the 2019 season, the most by any two teammates in Division III.

Chitwood enjoyed the most productive offensive season in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history, clubbing a school- and ODAC-record 21 home runs to go with 72 RBI, also a program and conference record. She hit .382 with a team-high 63 hits on the season, broke the ODAC's career home runs record and was a three-time ODAC player of the week, the NCAA Virginia Beach Regional's Most Outstanding Player and a member of the ODAC All-Tournament Team.

Mabry hit .385 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI in her senior campaign. She was second in the ODAC with 32 walks and ranked second on the team with 60 hits on the season.

Both players were first-team All-ODAC and All-Atlantic Region selections.

The 2019 season marks Lynchburg's second with multiple All-America honorees and the first time since Caroline Cubbage and Brittany Edelen earned the awards in 2006.

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Lynchburg finished the season with a 37-15 record -- the second-best in program history -- and reached the NCAA Division III Super Regional round, where they fell to Emory University in the best-of-three series last weekend.

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