Hamilton Named to Fastpitch News Preseason All-America Team

Ilissa Hamilton pitching for the Spartans

Case Western Reserve University junior Ilissa Hamilton was named to the 2019 Fastpitch News NCAA Division III Preseason All-America Second Team, as announced by the organization on Wednesday afternoon.

Hamilton is coming off one of the best all-around seasons in program history in 2018. She led the University Athletic Association with 21 wins (21-8 overall) and 184 strikeouts in her first year as a Spartan. Hamilton set the school's new single-season record in both wins and strikeouts, as she surpassed former Spartan Rebecca Taylor in both categories. She totaled a team-high 19 complete games, as she allowed 68 earned runs on 153 hits for a 2.57 ERA.

In addition to her work on the mound, Hamilton batted .282 (35-for-124) with one home run, eight doubles, 12 RBI's and 24 runs scored. She was named UAA Pitcher of the Week on five different occasions during the season.

During the Spartan's historic run in the NCAA Tournament, Hamilton was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Notre Dame Regional after she threw 29 out of a possible 35 innings, compiling an ERA of 0.72 to go along with 23 strikeouts. At the NCAA Super Regional, hosted by Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Hamilton was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher after going 2-1 with a 2.47 earned run average and nine strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.

The Spartans finished the 2018 season with a 38-12 overall record, including a 7-4 mark in postseason play. Case Western Reserve qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in program history during the campaign, and made its' first-ever appearance in the final rounds of the NCAA Championships. CWRU finished tied for fifth at the championships, which is the highest national finish for any team in Case Western Reserve University athletics history.