Newman Named To Top 50 Watch List for the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award

first_imgNewman, who missed nearly all of 2017 due to injury, dominated in her return to the circle in 2018. She was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second time in her career. Newman finished with a 22-5 record, an MVC-low earned run average of 0.89 (tied for third in nation) and 245 strikeouts. Newman, who threw three no-hitters in 2018, including just the fourth-ever in an MVC Tournament in the Bulldogs’ semifinal victory over Valparaiso, is No. 1 all-time at Drake and No. 7 in MVC history in career strikeouts with 800. Newman, who was selected to the 2018 NFCA Midwest All-Region First Team, was picked to the NFCA Midwest All-Region Second Team in 2015 and 2016 and is a three-time All-MVC First Team selection. Newman, who was named to the 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Third Team after a stellar 2018 season, on the Watch List that includes 24 seniors, 16 juniors and 10 sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. Newman is one of 11 student-athletes who play for non-Power 5 institutions on the Watch List. Story Links Newman recorded 10 or more strikeouts in nine games last season, including a career-high 18 in her first no-hitter against Valparaiso during the regular season, and hit double-digit strikeouts in 29 games in her career. She is tied for No. 2 all-time in career wins at Drake with 64. Her 22 wins in 2018 tied with her 2016 win total for the second-best single season win total in school history.center_img OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Redshirt senior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team has been selected to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, USA Softball announced Wednesday, Jan. 30. Drake opens the 2019 season Feb. 8 against Toledo at the UNI-Dome Tournament. Print Friendly Version USA Softball Top 50 Watch List last_img

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