BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in as many years, the King University softball team has had two players selected All-Southeast Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Hannah Riddle becomes the first Tornado to earn first team honors and Jenna Burnett garnered second team recognition.
Riddle has had a spectacular season as she was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors earlier this spring. She leads the league in hits (71), runs (63), total bases (128), home runs (13) and slugging percentage at .711. Her .394 batting average ranks fourth in the league while the Greeneville, Tenn., native also ranked seventh in the league with 11 doubles and fifth with three triples. Nationally, the senior ranks 45th in NCAA Division II with 13 home runs and 21st with an average of 1.17 runs per game.
Earlier this season the outfielder set the school record with a 22-game hitting streak. She leads the Tornado with 22 multiple-hit games and has eight multiple-RBI games. Twice this year she has hit two home runs in a game and has one game where she drove in five runs. In the southeast region, Riddle ranks first in runs per game and total bases while ranking second in hits.
In her first season as a Tornado, third basemen Burnett can add second team All-Southeast Region to her first team All-Conference Carolinas recognition. She has been a big part of the Tornado offense, ranking second in the league with 41 runs batted in and third with 57 hits this season. Burnett hails from Antioch, Tenn., and she ranks 12th in the league with a .348 batting average. Her on base percentage of .412 ranks 18th in the conference and her slugging percentage of .445 ranks 21st.
A season ago, Riddle and Kaycee Casteel became the first Tornado to earn All-Region honors from the NFCA, both earning second team honors.
The Tornado take top-ranked University of North Georgia in the opening game of the NCAA Division II Softball Championship on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in Dahlonega, Ga.