St. Louis, Mo., April 30, 2016 — Washington University in St. Louis senior pitcher Annie Pitkin is one of 25 student-athletes in the mix for the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Schutt Sports Division III National Player of the Year award.
Pitkin joined Brittany File of Emory University as the lone University Athletic Association (UAA) student-athletes on the Top-25 list.
Pitkin, a First-Team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, has a 20-5 record has a 1.48 earned run average with five shutouts and 16 complete games. She ranks fourth in NCAA Division III in strikeouts per seven innings (10.7) and strikeouts (224) and fifth in victories.
Pitkin was named to the 2016 UAA Championship All-Tournament Team for the third-straight year after posting a 4-2 mark with a 2.67 earned run average in six starts.
She is a three-time Division III National Pitcher of the Week and 13-time UAA Athlete of the Week honoree, and ranks in the top five in all eight WashU pitching categories. Pitkin set a school record with her 119th appearance Thursday against Webster University.
A three-time all-UAA honoree, she also ranks first among NCAA Division III active players with 764 strikeouts. She has a 70-29 career record with a 1.99 earned run average.
The list is a collaborative effort between the NFCA's Division III Head Coaches and All-America committees. The original list of 50 players contained 26 returning NFCA All-Americans, including four first-team honorees, nine second-team selections and 13 from last year's third team. The remaining 24 members of the first group all earned first team NFCA All-Region recognition last season.
Thirteen players from the initial list made the cut to 25, while the remaining 12 players are newcomers.
The next list in two weeks will narrow the field to 10, and, after that, three finalists will be chosen. The winner will be announced following the completion of the NCAA Division III Tournament in May.
Schutt Sports and the NFCA are also presenting a Division III National Freshman of the Year award for the first time this season.