LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Stephen F. Austin redshirt freshman Shaylon Govan has been named one of thirty student-athletes in the running for the 2021 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, the association revealed Thursday.

The winner will be announced prior to the start of the 2021 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Govan has quickly crafted herself into one of the region’s most dangerous hitters, posting a .417 average, with 43 hits, 14 home runs and a total of 45 runs batted in.

The Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award was created in 2014 to honor outstanding athletic achievement among Division I freshmen softball student-athletes. To be eligible, student-athletes must be nominated by their member head coach.

With the cancellation of last year’s season due to COVID-19, candidates hail from the 2020 and 2021 freshman classes. Due to having two freshman classes eligible for the award, an additional five players have been added to the traditional top 25.

On May 13, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 and the three finalists will be released on May 27. The 2021 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year will be announced on June 1.

In 2021, the NFCA will award National Freshman of the Year honors to a student-athlete from NCAA DI, NCAA DII, NCAA DIII and NAIA. For more information about all NFCA Awards, visit nfca.org.

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