VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – After another incredible season, Virginia Wesleyan University softball's Hanna Hull has been named the Schutt Sports / National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Player of the Year. This is the second-straight year Hull has earned this honor.
Hull showed no signs of slowing down in her second year as a Marlin. The sophomore was absolutely dominate from the circle, as her 376 strikeouts not only eclipsed her freshman year mark, but also led all players in Division III. Hull appeared in 47 games for the Marlin and in 16 of them she reached double digit strikeouts including a season-high 17 in the opener against Meredith College. Her ability to limit her opponents was unparalleled, throwing 11 one hitters, a no-hitter against Ithaca College in the National Championship and a Perfect Game against Salem College.
The lefty hurler tore through the record books as well this season. Hull earned 40 wins in the circle tying a Division III record and smashing the ODAC record. Five of those wins came in the NCAA Championship as well, where she went a perfect 5-0. She also tossed 279.1 innings which eclipsed both the ODAC and Virginia Wesleyan record. Career-wise, the Chesterfield, Va. native toppled the conference record for strikeouts (738) and wins (72).
Hull's talents have not gone unnoticed as she has amassed a laundry list of accolades this season. Perhaps the top award (aside from being named the National Player of the Year) was being named to her second-straight All-America First Team. Hull was also named the ODAC Pitcher of the Year, the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Pitcher, the ODAC Championship Most Valuable Player to go along with countless weekly accolades.