USI’s Leonhardt named to Player of Year Watch list


University of Southern Indiana Softball senior pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt has been named to the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player & Pitcher of the Year Watch List for the 2020 season. She was a Top 25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player & Pitcher of the Year award in 2019.

In 2019, Leonhardt was both the Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as a first-team Academic All-American.

Leonhardt earned second-team All-America honors by both the NFCA and Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association after going 21-9 in the pitcher’s circle with four saves, a 1.29 ERA, 243 strikeouts and a .187 opponent batting average. She tossed two complete-game shutouts in the NCAA II Midwest Region #1 Tournament, bringing her single-season total to a school-record tying 13 as well as her career mark to a school-record tying 33. She also broke the school records for strikeouts (705) and wins (76).

Her efforts on the field helped lead the Eagles to a 35-21 overall record and a 19-7 mark in GLVC play. USI advanced to the NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament for the fifth-straight year and sixth time in seven seasons.

Two years ago, Leonhardt was the NCAA II Softball Championship Most Outstanding Player after a dominating post-season that saw her post a 12-1 record with a 1.35 ERA, a .152 opponent batting average and 96 strikeouts. Her effort was instrumental in leading the Screaming Eagles to their first-ever national championship.

In the NCAA II Softball Championship alone, Leonhardt was 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA, a.091 opponent batting average and 40 strikeouts in 34 innings of work.

Leonhardt is one of four GLVC Players to be recognized on the watch list and one of eight from the Midwest Region. This is the third straight year that Leonhardt has been on the preseason watch list.

The Eagles begin the year Friday at 11 a.m. (CDT) when they take on Southern Wesleyan University at the University of North Georgia’s Cottrell Foundation Loyal Blue Classic in Dahlonega, Georgia.

2020 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player & Pitcher of the Year Watch List
^ Denotes returning NFCA All-American

^ Ayanna Arceneaux, Western Oregon University, R-Junior, Outfield
^ Courtney Barnhill, Angelo State University, Senior, Outfield
^ Kayson Boatner, Anderson University, Sophomore, Infield
^ Shelby Booker, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Junior, Third Base
Keila Bosinger, University of California San Diego, Sophomore, Outfield
^ Rosa’Lynn Burton, Wilmington University, Senior, Outfield
^ Brenna Busby, Cameron University, Senior, Shortstop
^ Bailey Byers, Malone University, Junior, Catcher
^ Georgia Capell, Tarleton State University, Junior, Infield
Daijah Chambers, Winston-Salem State University, Senior, Second Base
Hannah Davis, Newberry College, Junior, Utility
^ Khmari Edwards, Cameron University, Sophomore, Second Base
^ Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman University, Senior, Outfield
Grace Gilbert, University of West Florida, Junior, Pitcher/Outfield
Lydia Goble, Grand Valley State University, Sophomore, Shortstop
Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial University, Senior, Second Base
^ Nikoma Holmen, Grand Valley State University, Junior, First Base
^ Teala Howard, University of West Florida, Sophomore, Outfield
Kacie Kelly, Saint Leo University, Senior, Shortstop
^ Jordyn Kleman, Winona State University, Senior, Pitcher
Brooke Larsen, California State University, Chico, Junior, Pitcher
Anastasia Leibas, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Junior, Shortstop
^ Jennifer Leonhardt, University of Southern Indiana, Senior, Pitcher
^ Bailey McKittrick, University of Central Oklahoma, Sophomore, Pitcher
^ Ashley Mickschl, Augustana University, Senior, Pitcher
^ Ali Nowak, Winona State University, Senior, Catcher
^ Callie Nunes, Concordia University Irvine, Junior, Pitcher
^ MaKray Odom, Trevecca Nazarene University, Senior, Shortstop
Emily Otto, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Junior, Pitcher
Mary Pardo, Augustana University, Sophomore, Outfield
^ Liz Pautz, Winona State University, Junior, Pitcher
^ Morgan Perry, Saint Anselm College, Senior, Pitcher
Hazel Puempel, University of Central Oklahoma, Senior, Outfield
^ Tymber Riley, Arkansas Tech University, Sophomore, Second Base
Mahina Sauer, Southern Nazarene University, Senior, First Base
^ Kylee Smith, University of North Georgia, Senior, Pitcher
Breanna Smith, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Senior, Pitcher
^ Sydney Sprinkle, Concordia University Irvine, Sophomore, Catcher/First Base
^ Kelsey Sweatt, University of West Florida, Junior, Pitcher
Andee Tiffee, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Senior, Pitcher
^ AnnMarie Torres, Colorado Mesa University, Senior, First Base
Jacy Ummel, Drury University, Senior, Outfield
^ Brylynn Vallejos, San Francisco State University, Sophomore, Outfield
Sydney Wader, Southern Arkansas University, Senior, Pitcher
Lakyn Wagoner, University of Illinois at Springfield, Junior, Outfield
Magnolia West, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Senior, Outfield
Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State University, Senior, Pitcher
Jenna Witt, Concord University, Senior, Third Base
Kristin Worley, California State University, Chico, Senior, Shortstop
Ashley Worrell, Rollins College, Sophomore, Pitcher




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