Softball's Chitwood wins Division III player of the year honor

IMage of Mackenzie Chitwood holding bat on white background. Text: NFCA player of the year

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.

RELATED: Lynchburg's Chitwood wins Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Player of the Year

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.

RELATED: Lynchburg softball records and honors

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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--LYN--

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Sat Aug 24
11:30 AM
Lynchburg
at Virginia St.
Scrimmage
Sat Aug 24
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shippensburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
at Liberty University Challenge
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Fri Aug 30
3:30 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
5:30 PM
Bryn Mawr
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Aug 31
10:00 AM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Aug 31
2:00 PM
Catholic
vs. Lynchburg
@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
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Wed Aug 21
7:30 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational
Sun Sep 08
4:30 PM
Regent
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
7:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
7:00 PM
Oglethorpe
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
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Sat Aug 31
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Piedmont Invitational
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
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