FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida SouthWestern State College pitcher Courtney Gettins was awarded one of the highest honors in junior college softball on Monday afternoon (June 6) when she was named the 2016 recipient of the Dudley® NJCAA DI Softball Pitcher of the Year award.
The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand native has racked up an impressive amount of individual accolades this postseason. In the last two months she’s earned Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-State (FCSAA), National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-South Region, Fastpitch News NJCAA Division I First Team All-American, Fastpitch News NJCAA D1 Pitcher of the Year and NJCAA D1 First Team All-American.
Gettins was outstanding all season long and was huge in FSW’s run to the NJCAA National Tournament. She pitched every inning in Suncoast Conference play, all but one game at the FCSAA State Tournament and every inning of the national tournament, including the 15 inning loss to eventual national champion Butler.
The Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year finished the season with a 39-6 with three saves and a 1.45 ERA, while limiting the opposition to a .202 batting average. She earned Region 8 Pitcher of the Week honors on four occasions during the season and NJCAA Division I Pitcher of the Week honors once. Gettins’ performance during her rookie season ranked her among nation’s best in multiple categories. She led the nation in innings pitched (303.1), wins (39), complete games (37) and games started (44), while ranking third in strikeouts (289) and 13th in ERA (1.45). In conference play, the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand native and went 19-1 with a 0.62 ERA, while holding opponents to a .162 batting average.
Gettins registered seven or more strikeouts 15 times and tallied double-digit strikeouts on nine occasions, including a career-high 19 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory over Spartanburg Methodist (Feb. 12). She also pitched three no-hitters on the season (Lake-Sumter, March 3; Polk State, April 12), including a combined no-hitter with teammate Jenna Sacchetti against Palm Beach State (Feb. 4).
No. 11 FSW finished the season with a 53-16 overall record, secured the program’s first-ever Suncoast Conference Championship with a 19-1 mark in conference play, won the District H Championship and locked up the program's first berth to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Tournament by finishing as the runner-ups at the FCSAA State Tournament. The Bucs won one game at the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah before being eliminated on day two of the event.
Gettins’ 2016 Hardware
- Dudley® NJCAA DI Softball Pitcher of the Year
- NJCAA D1 First Team All-American
- Fastpitch News NJCAA D1 Pitcher of the Year
- Fastpitch News NJCAA D1 First Team All-American
- National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-South Region
- First Team All-State (FCSAA)
- FCSAA All-Tournament Team
- Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year
- First Team All-Suncoast Conference
- NJCAA Division I National Pitcher of the Week
- Region 8 Pitcher of the Week (4)
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The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball), with Volleyball coming in the fall of 2017.
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers will be the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (set to be completed by fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams will compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8 & THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.