By Chelsie Kenworthy
Assistant Sports Editor
Union University’s head softball coach Heather Hall was inducted into the Hall of Fame Feb. 2 at Gannon University in Erie, Pa.
When Hall attended college there, she was a pitcher for its softball team. She holds more than 10 career records including strikeouts (857), wins (68), completed games (81), shutouts (35) and games started (90).
Hall also holds single-season records for earned run averages and holds the top four records for strikeouts in Gannon’s history. Hall also was recognized for posting 10 shutouts twice in a season, which had happened only once before at Gannon.
Hall’s successful softball career earned her a spot in the university’s athletic Hall of Fame. She is the only softball player in the school’s history to be so honored.
Hall said the induction ceremony took place at halftime of the Gannon University men’s basketball game.
“Some of my old teammates came to the ceremony. It was really good to see everyone,” she said.
Her passion for softball continues as she gets the Union Lady Bulldogs ready for another season, following their victory in the TranSouth conference championship last season.
Hall has been head coach for Union’s softball team since 2007.
In her first year, she ended the season with a 37-22 record and led the team to the NAIA Region XI Tournament. Her overall record for the university is 184-88.
Last year marked Hall’s most successful season as head coach, finishing with a 46-12 record overall.
At various points in the season, Union was ranked No. 11 in national polls, and Hall was named TranSouth Coach of the Year.
“We definitely have the talent and strong senior leadership to do well this season,” Hall said.
The Lady Bulldogs season opener took place Feb. 19 against Bethel University. The Bulldogs swept the Bethel Wildcats in the two games.