Softball named Statistical Champion in Several Categories
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The national champion Virginia Wesleyan University softball team was named the statistical champion in several categories as the NCAA announced its statistical winners on Tuesday. The team earned two crowns, while a pair of individual captured two more.
The Marlins were named the statistical leader in earned run average (ERA) with a team mark of 0.80 in addition to being the national leader in winning percentage (.947) after winning 54 games, a new national record, against just three losses.
Only three Division III teams managed an ERA under 1.00 on the year with only two squads possessing a winning percentage over .900.
Hull was the statistical leader in ERA (0.51) and victories (32). She shattered the ODAC record in both categories. She held opponents to just a .123 batting average against in helping post her stellar ERA. She was instrumental out of the bullpen as well, registering five saves on the year.
Richardson becomes the third Marlin in four years to lead the nation in stolen bases. The shortstop swiped 64 bases in 65 attempts, the second-most steals in a single season in Virginia Wesleyan and ODAC history.