Three Softball Players Earn NESCAC Honors
May 9, 2013
Three members of the Middlebury College softball team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-league teams. Senior Jessa Hoffman (Golden, Colo.) and junior Elizabeth Morris (Kenilworth, Ill.) both were named to the first team, while senior Jessica Poracky earned second-team honors. The trio helped lead the team to a 26-11 mark in ’13, placing first in the NESCAC West and advancing to the NESCAC Tournament.
Hoffman rewrote the record books at Middlebury, earning first-team All-NESCAC honors three times after holding down a second-team spot her rookie season. This season, Hoffman is ranked in the top six among NESCAC hitters in 10 difference categories. The senior shortstop hit .467 this season to go along with 57 hits and 45 runs scored, all new single-season records. Hoffman also hit 11 doubles and drove in 40 runs this season for the Panthers, sporting a .521 on-base percentage. She ends her career as the school’s all-time leader in games (142), at-bats (465), hits (188), runs scored (143), batting average (.404) and triples (25), while ranking second with 43 doubles and 101 RBI.
Poracky is now a three-time All-NESCAC selection, earning first-team honors in ’11 and ’12. She spent most of the season as the team’s designated player, while also spending some time behind the plate and at first base. Poracky was second on the team this season with a .382 batting average, leading the team and NESCAC with a school-record 16 doubles, while pacing the squad with 41 RBI, third in the league. She is Middlebury’s all-time leader in doubles (51) and RBI (125), while ranking in the top five in eight different categories, including third in hits (149) and batting average (.382).
Morris earns first-team honors after being a second-team selection a year ago. The lefty earned a record of 12-2 this season with a 1.44 ERA, third in the NESCAC. She threw 92.1 innings, allowing just 19 earned runs, while striking out 79 batters. She owns the Middlebury single-season record with 94 strikeouts in ’11, while being just one win shy of the school record for wins (32). She is currently third on the school’s strikeout list with 251, 46 behind the leader.