BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in program history, the King University softball team has had two players selected All-Southeast Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). Hannah Riddle becomes the first Tornado to earn first team honors and Jenna Burnett garnered second team recognition.
Riddle 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 (72), runs (63), total bases (129), home runs (13) and slugging percentage at .665. Her .371 batting average ranks fifth in the league while the Greeneville, Tenn., native also ranked seventh in the league with 12 doubles and fifth with three triples. Nationally, the senior ranks 51st in NCAA Division II with 13 home runs. Her 72 hits ranks 36th in the country and her 129 total bases are 20th in the nation.
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. Her 13 home runs set the school record, breaking the previous marks of 11 home runs in a season.
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 42 runs batted in and third with 59 hits this season. Burnett hails from Antioch, Tenn., and she ranks 18th in the league with a .331 batting average. Her on base percentage of .396 ranks 23rd in the conference and her slugging percentage of .421 ranks 28th.
This marks the first time since 2014 a Tornado softball player has garnered all-region honors from the D2CCA. Hannah Light previously earned second team honors in both 2013 and 2014 when the award was sponsored by Daktronics.