Middlebury

Post-Season Honors For Hoffman & Poracky

May 15, 2012

Junior shortstop Jessa Hoffman (Golden, Colo.) and junior first baseman Jessica Poracky (Ramsey, N.J.) have both earned more post-season honors for the Middlebury College softball team. Poracky was a second-team New England NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Region choice, while Hoffman was a third-team selection. Poracky was also an honorable mention honoree by the N.E. Softball Coaches Association. Hoffman is a three-time All-NESCAC selection, who was recently named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Poracky is a two-time All-NESCAC second-team selection. The duo helped lead the Panthers to a 22-16 mark with a trip to the NESCAC Championship.

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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).

Poracky wrapped up the season with a school-record 44 RBI, good for the third spot in the NESCAC, while hitting at a .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.