April 6, 2007
ATLANTA – Senior utility player Kristina Hull was named as one of 20 of the top NCAA softball student-athletes for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the all-new softball division, announced on Friday. The award will be presented annually to an NCAA Division I senior softball player who excels both on and off the field.
“Being nominated is an honor and it is a bigger compliment to me than getting an award strictly based on athletics,” said Hull. “I really do feel truly honored to receive such a prestigious nomination.”
Hull, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., is having her finest season as a Yellow Jacket. She is hitting a career-best .287, with career-highs in home runs (6), doubles (3) and triples (1). She is five runs batted in shy of her career-high of 22 set last season and has three stolen bases in three attempts.
Candidates were selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate softball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
Along with her athletic performance, Hull is the president of the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board and serves as the team leader for the Jackets. She has helped raise more than $5,000 this year alone for the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive and has assisted with many of the community outreach programs at Tech.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists for this prestigious award later in April. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning April 26 and concluding May 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the week of May 28 during the 2007 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
2007 Softball Candidates
Mary Kathryn Branan Georgia State 2B
Stephani Brown Notre Dame OF
Mary Jane Callahan Mississippi P/OF
Garland Cooper Northwestern 1B
Lindsey Gerheim Army IF
Kristina Hull Georgia Tech C/UT
Dominique Lastrapes Washington 2B
Caitlin Lowe Arizona OF
Katie Martin Missouri State OF
Sharonda McDonald Texas A&M OF
Ta’Tyana McElroy Oregon State OF
Jamie Reiss Creighton IF
Jackie Roberts Utah Valley State P/UT
Jessica Rogers Texas San Antonio IF
Lindsay Schutzler Tennessee OF
Cassidy Scoggins Southern Illinois P/OF
Kate Sheaks DePaul OF
Shelby Stiner Middle Tennessee SS
Debbie Szalejko Ohio OF
Panita Thanatharn Long Beach State OF/IF