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Hitchcock Eyes Strong Finish as Scholar Athlete
This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
Many Falcons embody the term “scholar athlete,” but few do it better than Alex Hitchcock ’09, a shortstop on the softball team.
The Corporate Finance and Accounting major has earned President’s List honors in the classroom. She is also a two-time selection to the Northeast-10 All-Academic Team and a 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District second team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Hitchcock (Abington, Mass.) is just as impressive on the field at Bentley. Last season, she became the first Falcon infielder in 25 years to earn first team All-Conference accolades, after leading the team in batting average (.348) and hits (47).
A career .320 hitter, Hitchcock is just 24 hits shy of the all-time Bentley record (147) set by Lauren Fraiser ’04. She begins 2008-2009 in the university’s career top 10 for runs batted in (50), doubles (23) and total bases (162).
The current season finds Hitchcock focused on the one goal she has yet to accomplish here: making the NE-10 playoffs. The centerpiece of a team that returns 11 players, including three top hitters and one key pitcher, she believes the goal is well within reach.
“All of us, and especially the seniors, feel an added pressure to make the playoffs this year,” says Hitchcock. “After everything we’ve been through, including a 2-40 season my sophomore year, we have a lot to prove.”
Hitchcock also has one eye on life after graduation. In September, she begins work as an auditor at Caturano & Company, a top accounting firm based in Charlestown, Mass. This summer, she will take courses toward the Master of Science in Accountancy at Bentley.
But professional life can wait for now. “I want to be able to leave Bentley saying we made the NE-10 playoffs,” she says of the pressing business that awaits on the softball field.
The Yawkey Foundations have recognized Bentley University’s longstanding commitment to service-learning and awarded the university $500,000 to educate students to effectively lead nonprofit organizations and expand student efforts to help community groups.