ANGOLA, Ind. – A Hubbardston woman is showing off some skills for Trine University.
Sophomore Bree Fuller was not only one of the top pitchers in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), but she’s also an Academic All-American after being awarded the honor from the College Sports Information Director’s Association.
Fuller was also named to the MIAA first team after going 15-1 with a 1.48 earned run average. A 2011 Fulton High School graduate, she said she was surprised to get the Academic All-American award.
“It almost didn’t feel real at the time,” Fuller said. “I was the first one in the softball program to get it ever. My sports information director said he put me up for it because of my GPA and my stats. He also said because I was young I might not get it.”
Her grade point average is 3.88 while studying exercise science.
Her success on the diamond was also a surprise considering she played with an injury all season.
“I tore the labrum in my hip so they (Trine coaches) wanted me to have surgery,” Fuller said. “They didn’t know if I was going to make it through the season. With therapy with my trainer we got through the season and now we’ll have surgery in August.”
Fuller credited her success to the offseason workouts she and the team go through.
“For our team as a whole we’re never done” working out, she said. “In the summer we’re doing a lot of cardio and lifting. During the fall we have a couple of days where we can play games. Then in the winter everyone is up at 6 a.m. lifting.”
Fuller will be back for her junior season, and she hopes to contribute after the labrum surgery.
“My goal is to be able to get back on time and be healthy and be having full range of motion after my surgery,” she said. “I hope to be back in January before spring training. Then I hope to lead my team to some national title.”
Fuller believes the Thunder have a “really good” chance of getting to the national tournament in Division III.
“We were pretty much expected to go this year,” she said. “We were No. 2 in the nation last year and we ended up losing to a team that was ranked below us. But our coach is bringing in in a couple of good recruits and we have a Division 1 transfer and Division 2 transfer. So I think our chances are pretty good.”
The Thunder was 38-5 after losing to Anderson College 10-6 in the NCAA regionals on May 11.