Louisville, Ky. -- University of Lynchburg senior Mackenzie Chitwood (Ferrum, Va.) won the 2019 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Year honor, the NFCA announced Friday.
The Hornets' first baseman becomes the first Lynchburg player to win the award, and 2019 marks the third-straight time a player from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference has earned the honor.
Chitwood, a first-team All-American, enjoyed the most productive offensive season in conference history, clubbing a school- and ODAC-record 21 home runs to go with 72 RBI, also a program and conference record. She led Division III in both categories, and she also topped the division's leaderboard in total bases with 140.
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.
Chitwood was especially spectacular in the postseason, where she slugged 1.000 with a .511 on-base percentage in 12 tournament games. She hit seven postseason home runs and drove in 19 runs.
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 national runner-up Emory University in the best-of-three series.
The Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player and Pitcher of the Year award recipients are selected by NFCA's All-American Committee, which includes a representative from each of the eight NCAA Division III regions.
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