Middlebury

Five Softball Players Earn NESCAC Honors

May 10, 2012

The Middlebury College softball team placed five players on the NESCAC All-Conference team, matching the school-record for post-season league honors set in 2005. Junior shortstop Jessa Hoffman (Golden, Colo.) is now a three-time All-NESCAC selection, earning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Morris (Kenilworth, Ill.) added a first-team nod to her second-team selection from 2011. Sophomore infielder Emily Kraytenberg (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore outfielder Kimber Sable (Winnetka, Ill.)  both earned second-team accolades for the first time, while junior first baseman Jessica Poracky (Ramsey, N.J.) collected back-to-back second-team recognition. The group helped the Panthers reach the finals of the NESCAC Championship for the second straight season earning a record of 22-16..

Hoffman finished the 2012 campaign with a .405 batting average, 10th-best in the NESCAC, collecting a school-record 49 hits, including 13 doubles, six triples and one home run, combining for a slugging percentage of .636. Heading into 2012, Hoffman already sat atop the Middlebury season-best leader board in games played (38), at-bats (129), runs scored (41) and triples (7). This season the junior tied a school-best mark with 38 games played with teammate Emma Katz, had 121 at-bats (third all-time), took over the top spot in hits (49), and is second to her own 2011 marks in at-bats, runs scored (32), triples and sits behind only Poracky in doubles in a season with 13. For her career, Hoffman shares the second spot in batting average with Poracky (.382), while sitting alone in runs scored (98) and triples (19), third in hits (131) and fourth in at-bats (343).

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Morris, a lefty hurler, held opponents to 1.11 earned runs per game, good for third-best in the NESCAC. The 1.11 ERA in a season is also third-best in the Panther record book, while Morris’ overall ERA drops to 1.13, good for the top spot in career ERA. Morris, who finished with an 8-3 overall record with 78 strikeouts, was 6-1 in NESCAC games this season.

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Poracky wrapped up the season with a school-record 44 RBI, good for the third spot in the NESCAC, while hitting at .435 clip and owning a .492 on-base percentage, both ranking fifth in the conference. Like Hoffman, Poracky’s name is splashed across the school record book. While her season batting average of .435 places her fifth all-time at Middlebury, she is tied with Hoffman for second in career batting average at .382. Her 13 doubles this year are second to her school-best 15 she clobbered in 2011. For her career, Poracky has collected a school-record 35 two-baggers. Additionally, the junior slugger’s four home runs in 2012 tie her for third in a season, giving her eight round-trippers in her career, also good for third place. Poracky’s plate discipline garnered her 15 walks, tying her second-place season mark from last year, giving her 34 free passes for her career, which is third-best at the school.

Kraytenberg finished the year with a .357 average, with a dozen doubles, one behind Poracky and Hoffman for the team lead, but good for fourth all-time in a season. She added one triple and 24 RBI, while scoring 20 runs. Kraytenberg had a pair of three-hit games this season, including the May 5th NESCAC Tournament win over Bowdoin. She spent most of the season as the team’s designated player, while also seeing plenty of time at second base.

Sable wrapped up the season hitting .353, with 30 hits including three doubles and a triple, while collecting 13 RBI. She started 35 games this season, often displaying stellar defensive skills in the outfield. Sable had eight multiple-hit games this season, including a two-hit three RBI effort in an April 27th win over Amherst.