LOUISVILLE, Ky – Both Hanna Hull and Cassetty Howerin were named to the 2018 Schutt Sports / National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-10 Division III National Player of the Year List after it was cut down from 25 just over a month ago.
Reigning DIII Player of the year Hull has been a force from the circle during her sophomore campaign. The Chesterfield Va. native leads the country in victories this season (33) and is second in the nation in punch outs (296). Manning the rubber for 211.2 innings, Hull has been instrumental in the Marlins success as she has produced an ERA of just 0.96. This season she has pitched 20 complete games, including a perfect game against Salem early in the year. She has not shied away from the big moment either, clocking a complete game in a win over Christopher Newport in the NCAA Regional, sending them to the Super Regional Round where she pitched all 15 innings the Marlins played. This year, the lefty hurler has been named the ODAC's Pitcher of the Year as well as a member of the First Team. She was also named to the All-Tournament team at both the ODAC Championship (as well as Pitcher of the Tournament) and the NCAA Super Regional Most Outstanding Pitcher.
A two-time All-American, Howerin has only gotten better as the season's progressed. The senior has dominated from the plate, batting .436 with 58 hits, including 23 for extra bags. Howerin has a terrific eye at the plate too as she has only struck out three times this year and is just two walks away from breaking the Division III career walk record. The Dover, Del. native has also been an impact on the base paths, stealing 23 bags and crossing home plate 42 times this year. Much like her teammate, Howerin too has been recognized for her duty this year, earning a spot on the All-ODAC First Team as well as being named the NCAA Regional Round Most Valuable Player.
The squad will be heading back to the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City after defeating Berry College in the NCAA Super Regional. The squad's first game will take place on Thursday.