NEWARK, Del. - - Junior outfielder Rosa'Lynn Burton has been named a Top 25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Player and Pitcher of the Year award, as announced by the organization on Thursday.
Burton (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) and the Wilmington University softball team carry a 32-12 record into their final regular season doubleheader on Saturday, as they travel to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foe Felician.
The junior outfielder currently leads the CACC with 73 hits, 50 stolen bases, and a .533 batting average. She is also second in the CACC with 51 runs, and a .561 on-base percentage. She is also fourth in the CACC with 88 total bases, fifth overall with four triples, and sixth overall with a .642 slugging percentage.
Among the entire NCAA Division II, Burton is fourth overall with her .533 batting average while leading the country in averaging 1.25 stolen bases per game. She is also fourth overall in scoring 1.28 runs per game and sixth overall in the country with 73 hits.
One other student-athlete from the East Region joins Rosa'Lynn Burton on the list, as LIU Post's Julia Seeder was also recognized.
Among the student-athletes on the Top 25 list, there are 23 different programs represented. The only two schools with two student-athletes on the list are Winona State and West Florida. There are also 18 different conferences represented, with two conferences having three student-athletes each (Gulf South and Lone Star).
The Top 10 will be announced on May 14. The Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year will be announced after the NCAA DII Softball Championship on May 30.
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