LOUISVILLE, Ky. |
University of North Georgia softball players Kim McMillan
and Courtney Poole
have both made the top-10 finalists list for the Schutt Sports NFCA Division II National Player of the Year Award. The NPOY Committee will vote on three finalists, which will be announced two weeks from today on Thursday, May 14.
McMillan has earned a reputation of being one of the top sluggers in the nation this season and was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year last week, the first time a North Georgia player has earned the honor. The Powder Springs, Ga., native ranks second in the nation in on-base percentage, fourth in slugging percentage, fifth in home runs and eighth in batting average. She broke the UNG single-season home run record earlier this year with 17 round-trippers.
The top-10 selection joins a long list of honors for Poole, who was named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year last week. The Watkinsville, Ga., native is ranked second in the nation in shutouts, sixth in strikeouts and sixth in earned run average. Poole’s 37 victories in the circle are the most in all divisions of the NCAA and are six more than the next highest in Jordan Dixon (Marshall – DI) and Niki Fogle (Rollins – DII) who each have 31 wins this season.
North Georgia and Augustana (S.D.) were the only two schools to land more than one player on the list of 10, as each had a pair of players selected.
Voting for the Schutt Sports NFCA National Player of the Year will take place after Super Regionals and will be announced the night prior to opening day at the NCAA Division II Championship in Oklahoma City.