VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – After another outstanding season, Hanna Hull of the Virginia Wesleyan University softball team has been nominated for the Division III Collegiate Sports Woman of the Year presented by Honda.
Hull is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda Woman Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 42nd year.
"I am so thankful to be nominated for the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year award," stated Hull. "I was driven this year by not only my teammates, but also by the many incredibly talented female athletes that we played against throughout the season. I'm very thankful that Honda recognizes the women of the NCAA. It makes this nomination very special to me, and something that I am very proud to be a part of."
The sophomore was absolutely dominant 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).
All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Honda Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports on June 25, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.