Blue Raider Softball Adds Pitcher Megan Hinck for 2007

Transfer From Northwestern to Make Immediate Impact

August 2, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee softball's latest signee is the second player added to the 2007 roster with NCAA experience. Head Coach Leigh Podlesny announced Wednesday the addition of Megan Hinck to the Blue Raider program, the latest addition to the pitching roster for Middle Tennessee.

Hinck, a transfer from Northwestern University, was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Wildcat teams that were in the NCAA Tournament. She joins fellow transfer Ashley Cline from Tennessee, who also brings NCAA experience to the Blue Raider club.

"We are very excited to add Megan as the newest Blue Raider on our team," Podlesny said. "She will bring maturity and perspective of the game to our program which is exactly what we need on the mound."

Hinck sat out the 2006 season at Northwestern, though she continued her education at the university. She decided to take a year off because she was unsure if she wanted to continue playing - the sabbatical paid off for Hinck and Middle Tennessee. The Hawthorn Woods, Illinois native was rejuvenated and is ready to prove herself on the mound and at the plate.

"The year off made me realize I truly love the game of softball," Hinck said. "I am pumped about coming to Middle Tennessee and I am ready to play again. I thrive on a leadership role and I feel coming to Middle Tennessee is a great opportunity for me."

In 2005, Hinck was a member of the Northwestern team that reached the Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Hinck hit her first double as a Wildcat against DePaul as a pinch-hitter in the Super Regional.

"Not only has Megan seen the very best in college softball but she has also played against the best in her summer softball program," Podlesny said. "She is a double threat - she hits as well as pitches. We are looking for her to have an immediate impact on this program."

Hinck tossed 27 innings on the mound at Northwestern with a 2.59 ERA behind standouts Eileen Canney and Courtney Foster at Northwestern. At the plate she saw action in 52 games with a .209 batting average.

"I was behind two All-American pitchers at Northwestern and although it was a great experience I didn't see a lot of playing time and I missed playing," Hinck said. "Coming to Middle Tennessee was an easy choice and I love the campus, the facilities and the coaches."

Hinck was a top pitcher at Lake Zurich High School. She had a .410 batting average her senior year with a .20 ERA on the mound. She also tossed the second longest game in the history of softball in the state of Illinois pitching a 27 inning game.

Hinck fills the void in the pitching ranks left by Laura Moore, who chose not to return to the team for the upcoming season. Moore made 36 appearances on the mound for Middle Tennessee in 2006 and led the team with nine wins and 72 strikeouts.

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