2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Top 50 Preseason National Player of the Year Watchlist
Calvin College senior Anna Gernant has been named to the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Top 50 Preseason Player of the Year watchlist.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Gernant is a senior tri-captain for a Calvin softball team that has been picked as the preseason MIAA favorite. A graduate of West Des Moines High School, Gernant has excelled in the pitcher's circle throughout her Calvin career while also providing strong contributions at the plate.
A year ago, Gernant posted a record of 14-6 in 2018. She only allowed 33 earned runs in 24 appearances. She finished the year with 194 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.69. At the plate, she finished with 31 hits, including seven doubles and one home run. The Iowa native recorded 19 RBI and 16 runs scored.
She was named to the 2018 NFCA All-Central Region First Team as she finished seventh nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (9.9), 11th in total strikeouts (194) and 17th in total shutouts (7). She was also named to the All-MIAA First Team and received NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week honors once.
"This is a great honor for Anna and for our team," said Calvin head softball coach Becky Hilgert. "We are looking forward to seeing Anna lead as a senior tri-captain and we are looking forward to the upcoming season as a team. We can't wait to get the first pitch of the season underway."
A year ago, Calvin finished 32-10 overall, setting a Calvin single-season record for victories. The Knights advanced to the MIAA Tournament and NCAA III Tournament. Calvin is scheduled to open its season on March 1 at Greenville University (Il.) for a non-conference doubleheader.