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Former Warrior and three-time Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year Stephanie (NIppert) Hull, '13, has been named a finalist for the Ad Rutschman Small College Female Athlete of the Year, as announced Thursday by the organizing company of the annual Oregon Sports Award, SportsOne.
"Looking at the lists of nominees and finalists in all the categories, there are some tremendous athletes here in the state of Oregon," said head coach Nathan Ohta. "It truly is an honor for Corban University and our softball program to have Stephanie recognized among them. Last year, Stephanie had what was arguably the best single season in NAIA softball history and shattered numerous career records both nationally and for the state of Oregon. She has been a great ambassador for Christ and for Corban during her career and her faith, character, humility and work-ethic have set her apart. What she was able to accomplish during her time here at Corban is nothing short of amazing and any recognition she receives could not be more well-deserved. It has been a joy and an honor to be her coach for four years and to watch her play every day. I am excited to see what God has in store for Stephanie in the years ahead."
Hull, who was named an NAIA All-American each of her four years as a Warrior, closed out her record-breaking career with a NAIA-record 83 home runs that included a school and Cascade Collegiate Conference single-season record 30 as a senior in 2013. In her final season of collegiate competition, Hull became the first player in CCC history to register more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single-season after she tallied 22 stolen bases to go along with her home run number.
During her senior season, Hull helped lead Corban to a single-season, school-record 43 wins that included the program's first-ever regular season conference title as well as a berth in the NAIA Opening Round.
Hull led the nation in homers (30), home runs per game (0.51), total bases (168) and slugging percentage (1.098), while ranking second in RBIs (82) and third in runs scored (77).
In her final season as a Warrior, Hull set single-season school and conference records for home runs, runs batted in, and walks (68). For her career, Hull was the NAIA's all-time leader in home runs with 83 and ranks in the Top 10 all-time in seven statistical categories that includes home runs (1st - 83), slugging percentage (2nd - 0.954), total bases (2nd - 564), walks (3rd - 120), runs batted in (5th - 240), batting average (6th - 0.447), and runs scored (t-6th - 220).
Hull is joined by a pair of fellow CCC athletes – Concordia's Gabrielle Dixson and Hannah Kimsey – as finalist for this year's award, while Southern Oregon's Mitchell Lofstedt, Linfield's Dominique Forrest, and Linfield's Chris Haddeland are the finalist for the male award.
This year's awards show will be held on Sunday, February 9th, from 7-9 PM at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton in the state-of-the-art Stanford Theatre at the Tiger Woods Center. The show will be streamed on OregonLive.com and oregonsportsawards.com.