FOREST, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University softball team represented in a big way as, not only did it put forth the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year, but also placed a record eight players to the All-Conference Teams. Madison Glaubke collected Player of the year honors while classmate Hanna Hull took home the Pitcher of the Year crown. Those two were joined by Cassetty Howerin, Kiersten Richardson and Beth Ford as members of the All-ODAC First Team. Jessica Lindsay and Katelyn Biando's efforts earned them both a spot on the All-Conference Second Team while Julia Sinnett was named to the Third Team. All-conference voting was determined using in-conference stats only.
Glaubke has been terrific at the plate for the Marlins in 2018. The sophomore has the top batting average (.457) and on-base percentage (.603) in the ODAC against conference pitchers. She has turned in 21 hits to top the Marlin squad, registering four doubles and a pair of homeruns. This season, Glaubke has only been held hitless in 13 of the team's 47 contests and has knocked multiple hits in 15 games. One of her season's top performances came in a doubleheader against Randolph where she went 6-for-7 from the dish, scoring five total runs. In the field, the Virginia Beach native has been special as well, starting every single game in outfield, holding a fielding percentage of .966.
Reigning DIII Player of the year, Hanna Hull, hasn't skipped a beat as she has dominated from the circle. The sophomore has hurled a Division III leading 229 strikeouts this season, accumulating a nation-best 31 victories (31-2). Over her 196.1 innings on the rubber, she has only allowed 86 hits ranking second in the country for hits allowed per seven innings (2.28). This season, she has had seven complete game one-hitters and turned in a perfect game against Salem State on February 20. Hull has been recognized a plethora of times this season as she has been the NFCA DIII Pitcher of the Week three times, the ODAC Pitcher of the Week five times, the ODAC Championship Most Valuable Player and the Marlin of the Week.
A two-time All-American, Howerin has continued her dominance at the plate in her final year. The senior currently holds a team-high batting average of .432, posting a conference-high 49 RBIs. Howerin has been a menace to strikeout, leading the squad in hits (54) and the conference in walks (38) while only striking out three times all season. This year has been record breaking for the Dover, Del. native as she broke the conference record for career walks and RBI and also surpassed the Virginia Wesleyan record for career home runs. At the ODAC Championship, Howerin collected All-Tournament Team honors as well.
After leading the entire country in stolen bases last season, the speedy Richardson is right back in contention to do it again. The senior has leads the entire conference in stolen bags against ODAC foes (18) and her 38 on the season ranks in the top-10 of DIII. In order to get on base, one must be able to hit and Richardson has stacked up 51 hits (22 in conference) which ranks only second to Howerin. One of her top performances so far has been in a win over Guilford on Senior Day as she went 5-for-7 with five RBI and two home runs.
The final Marlin representing on the First Team is Beth Ford, who was slotted in the utility position. This junior has been just that for the Marlins, playing all three positions in the outfield as well as a multitude of contests at second base. Appearing in all 47 games for the squad, Ford has been a trusted lefty batter in the nine hole recording 29 hits on the season. In the field she has been a steady figure, making just two errors on her 100 total chances this season.
Lindsay has been a stalwart behind the plate for the squad this season, appearing in 41 of the team's 47 contests. The junior catcher has amassed 321 putouts this season, placing her second in the conference. At the plate, she has showed off her power piling in 35 hits, and 27 RBI. The Midlothian Va., native has been particularly well in the big games, clubbing three home runs during the ODAC Championship this season as well as one against No. 13 East Texas Baptist.
Biando has taken off her freshman season, taking on the pressure-filled clean-up hitter role. Apparently the pressure has not fazed her though as she picked up 34 hits on the year from that position. Really coming alive during the second half of the year (conference play), the Suffolk, Va. native has registered a hit in 21 of the team's last 30 tilts. Over her 43 appearances, Biando has picked up 23 RBI while striking out just twice.
Sinnett has been a staple at third base this season, appearing in all 47 games at the hot corner this year. There, the Woodbridge, Va. native has racked up 37 putouts while assisting on 67 others. Despite her freshman status, Sinnett has played a major role in the line up as well. She has knocked 37 hits this season, including nine for extra bags. One of her top moments came against Emory & Henry in the ODAC Championship title game, where she went three-for-three from the dish, plating the team's sole run in a 1-0 victory.
No stranger to winning, Coach Brandon Elliott has earned his second-straight ODAC Coach of the Year honor and his sixth overall. Coach Elliott has directed his squad to their second-straight 40-win season and their third-straight ODAC Championship title. Leading the Marlins to their first ever National Championship last season, things have not changed much as the squad ranks in the top-10 in shut outs (16), ERA (1.15), win percentage (.957) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.56). Heading the squad for just his 11th season, Coach Elliott currently stands just two wins away from 400-career victories.
After winning the ODAC Championship, the softball team's record currently sits at 45-2. The squad will now wait for the rest of Division III to finish up their regular seasons before learning where they will go for their regional matchup.