FOREST, Va. - Eight members of the No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team were named to the All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Teams for their performances during the 2019 season. Hanna Hull, Carla Hall, Madison Glaubke, Julia Sinnett, Jessica Lindsay, Jessica Goldyn and Katelyn Biando all earned First Team nods while Kaylah Duplain earned a Third Team selection. Hull was also named the conference's Pitcher of the Year while Coach Brandon Elliott picked up Coach of the Year honors. The seven first-teamers is also the most in the history of the conference.
Hull continued her dominance in the circle during her 2019 campaign, earning her third-straight Pitcher of the Year honors as well as her third First Team selection. The junior has topped the national charts in numerous pitching categories including ranking first for total victories (27) for hits allowed per seven innings (2.41), second for ERA (0.42), second for total strikeouts (282) and third for total shutouts (9). This year she has also thrown four no-hitters and has hit the double-digit strikeout mark 15 times. The Chesterfield, Va. native has also cleared a couple benchmarks along the way, hitting her 1,000th career strikeout as well as eclipsing the Virginia Wesleyan career wins mark.
Matching Hull's brilliance this year has been Hall, who has been a tremendous contributor to Coach Elliott's pitching staff. While not racking up the punch outs like her counterpart, Hall has incredible pitching location, forcing batters to put easy outs into play. The sophomore currently allows just 3.90 hits per seven innings, ranking her seventh in all of Division III. Her 1.57 ERA has been no joke either as it ranks second in the conference and 35th in the nation. Hall has reached a couple milestones as well, setting a new career single strikeout record with eight against Keuka College and recording her first ever no-hitter against Guilford.
The reigning ODAC Player of the Year dished out another impressive season, earning her second-straight spot on the All-Conference First Team. The junior is averaging a career high across the hitting categories, posting a .370/.544/.511. She has used a keen eye at the plate, striking out a career-low 11 times while earning the second-most walks per game in the entire country (0.92). When she gets on base, Glaubke hasn't stood still, stealing the second-most bags in the conference (33) and the sixth-most runs scored (38).
Joining her in the base-running ranks is fellow first teamer Jessica Goldyn. The junior transfer has been key on the base paths, stealing a conference-leading 34 on the year. Getting to first hasn't been a problem either as she has registered the second-most hits on the team with 46. Six of those hits have been triples which ranks 11th among all Division III players.
Also having a terrific year at the plate is Julia Sinnett, who has done anything but slump during her sophomore year. The Woodbridge, Va. native has topped the Marlins in hits with 52, already surpassing her last year's total of 45 in 14 less games. Of those hits, she has racked up a conference-leading 18 doubles, which also ranks 19th in the nation. Her defense is almost impressive as her offense as the third basemen has cut her error total in half from last season, registering 58 assists as well.
Keeping with the defense, Jessica Lindsay has been rock solid behind the dish as she has been for all four years of her career. The senior tops the ODAC in putouts, registering 352 which puts her career total at 1,211 (21st most in Division III history). She has also caught five-runners stealing, tying her for ninth-most in the ODAC. It isn't just Lindsay's defense though as she has cracked a team-high six home runs and earned a career-high 24 bases-on-balls.
Rounding out the First Team is Katelyn Biando, who earned her second All-Conference nod in as many years. Although she got off to a slower start than her freshman year, the Suffolk, Va. native quickly returned to form, becoming one of Coach Elliott's most consistent hitters in the lineup. Hitting at a .330 clip, Biando has produced 35 hits, including 11 doubles. Her 28 RBI also rank third on the squad with fellow First Teamers Sinnett and Lindsay topping her. Aside from her plate presence, Biando has performed well at second base, racking up 75 putouts against only a s ingle error.
Returning after a one-year hiatus from the sport, Duplain did not skip a beat. The junior filled right into the short stop position, becoming one of the squad's top defensive players. At the plate, Duplain has been a menace for opposing pitchers as she has racked up 39 hits and 27 RBI. The Virginia Beach, Va. native left her mark on the opening of the new TowneBank Park (Tom & Bettty Broyles Field) as well as she cranked the first ever home run (which also happened to be a grand slam) in a win over Johnson and Wales University on March 8.
Earning his seventh ODAC Coach of the Year accolade, two-time National Champion Coach Brandon Elliott has showed no signs of slowing down this season. The Skipper along with the aid of his coaching staff Jim Quinn, Jenna Wilson, Bobby Wills and Chris Smith, has helped lead the team to its 12th ODAC title in 2019 and its fourth in as many years. Boasting a 40-4 record this season (third-striaght 40-win season), the team has dominated all aspects of the game. Coach Elliott has helped guide the team to a Division III best 19 shut out victories on the back of the best ERA in the country (0.80). The Marlins also continued their dominance in the National Poll, holding the top spot for eight of the 10 weeks this season (was ranked No. 2 the other two).
With an automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Championship already clinched, softball will now wait to see what opponents they draw for the Regional Round. The NCAA selection show will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday.